In this period, when the entire world has been struggling due to the Coronavirus pandemic, international students and study abroad aspirants have been feeling extremely anxious and insecure. Particularly, those wanting to study in the US feel that their great American dream looks gloomy. In these circumstances, a recent, bold move by the US pertaining to H1B Visa, is serving as a ray of hope for international study aspirants. Let us find out how:
The H1B Visa allows foreign professionals to temporarily work in the United States in specialty occupations, which requires skilled theoretical/ practical expertise, obtained through a bachelor’s/ higher degree or an equivalent work experience.
Recently, a legislation has been introduced in both the chambers of the US Congress where a proposal has been made to reform the H1B visa policy. As per the proposal in issuing H1B visas, utmost priority to be extended to US-educated foreign technology professionals.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) declared in April 2020 that, the US received nearly 275,000 unique registration requests for the Congressional mandated 85,000 H-1B visas for foreign technology professionals, of which more than 67 percent are from India.
As per this reform, only skilled foreign professionals educated in the US can apply for the H1B Visa, as opposed to the earlier process where foreign working professionals across the world could apply.
In the light of the most recent news, the H1B Visa Reform Act has become even more favourable towards US-educated foreign technology professionals.
*the exact pool (whether 65,000 or 85,000) for US-educated foreign students will be clearer once the bill is actually passed
**subject to passing of the bill. It has not been approved yet
The United States is extremely aware and appreciative of the extensive and valuable contributions made by H1B visa immigrants to the leadership in the Silicon Valley. This means that the US will continue to remain the numero uno study destination for study aspirants, COVID or no COVID.
Do not lose sight of your dreams! Agreed, the Coronavirus pandemic has shaken the entire world. However, sooner or later, we are expected to come out of it! This unprecedented move by the US has opened the doors for a superlative future, and the doors will remain open for you, forever. Do not derail your study abroad plans.
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