US Hikes H1B Visa Application Fee by $10


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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Thursday (November 7) announced an increase of $10 in its H-1B work visa application. It is part of the revised selection process being implemented by the USCIS. 

“This non-refundable fee will support the new electronic registration system to make the H-1B cap selection process more efficient for both petitioners and the federal agency, “stated the US Agency on Thursday.

“The electronic registration system is part of an agency-wide initiative to modernize our immigration system while deterring fraud, improving vetting procedures and strengthening program integrity,” said Acting Director of USCIS Ken Cuccinelli.

“This effort will help implement a more efficient and effective H-1B cap selection process,” he further added.

The H-1B work visa program allows companies in the United States to hire foreign workers temporarily in work that requires individuals with specialized knowledge and a bachelor’s degree or higher qualification in the specific field.

The USCIs will start the registration process for the financial year 2020-21 H-1B work Visa, after the testing of the new system is completed. Announcement related to implementation timeframe and initial registration period will be done after a formal decision is made. 

Recently, a study conducted by the National Foundation for American Policy, the denial rate for the H-1B visa application has increased to 24 percent in 2019 from 6 percent of 2015. The results of the study are based on the official data provided by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

The study states Indian IT companies are worst hit by the increase in denial rate. In the period between 2015 to 2019, the denial rate increased from 4 percent to 41 percent for Tech Mahindra, from 6 percent to 34 percent for Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), from 7 percent to 53 percent for Wipro and from just 2 percent to 45 percent for Infosys.

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