Indian professionals account for greater than 70% of the 85,000 H-1B visas granted by the US yearly

By Yashwant Raj I Edited by Amit Chanda

PUBLISHED ON APR 02, 2021 12:01 AM IST

The US state division on Thursday confirmed the Trump-era proclamation suspending non-immigrant short-term visas comparable to H-1B expired on March 31.

“Visa applicants who have not yet been interviewed or scheduled for an interview will have their applications prioritised and processed in accordance with existing phased resumption of visa services guidance,” the state division stated in an replace on its web site.

“Visa applicants who were previously refused visas due to the restrictions of Presidential Proclamation 10052 may reapply by submitting a new application including a new fee,” it added, referring to the June 22, 2020 proclamation issued by then President Donald Trump suspending the entry of “additional workers through the H-1B, H-2B, J, and L nonimmigrant visa programmes … (as it) presents a significant threat to employment opportunities for Americans affected by the extraordinary economic disruptions caused by the Covid-19 outbreak”.

As reported by Hindustan Times on Wednesday, the proclamation was set to run out on March 31 if it was not prolonged by President Joe Biden. It was not.

Indian professionals account for greater than 70% of the 85,000 H-1B visas granted by the US yearly, in opposition to petitions filed by American employers.

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