US relaxes visa norms for Indians

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Introducing relief for H-1B petitioners, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has decided to resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions effective immediately.

Those included under the petitions are H-1B petitioners coming from an institute of higher education, a nonprofit organisation related or affiliated with an institute of higher education or is a petitioner with non-profit research or governmental research organisations.

The petitioners from this move will avail the benefits of the premium processing that may be exempt from the cap.

The official Twitter channel of USCIS tweeted the notification on Monday evening announcing their decision to resume H-1B premium processing for certain cap-exempt petitions. The H-1B visa has an annual cap of 65,000 visas each fiscal year.

Moreover, there is an annual “master’s cap” of 20,000 petitions filed for beneficiaries with a US master’s degree or higher. Premium processing will also resume for petitions that may also be exempt if the beneficiary will be employed at a qualifying cap-exempt institution, organisation or entity.

Starting Monday, those cap-exempt petitioners who are eligible for premium processing are allowed to file Form I-907, request for premium processing service for Form I-129, petition for a non-immigrant worker.

The petitioner can file Form I-907 with an H-1B petition or separately for a pending H-1B petition. USCIS had previously announced that premium processing resumed on June 26 for H-1B petitions. The services mentioned that these petitions were filed on behalf of physicians under the Conrad 30 waiver program as well as interested government agency waivers.

USCIS plans to resume premium processing of other H-1B petitions as workloads permit. USCIS will make additional announcements with specific details related to when we will begin accepting premium processing for those petitions. Until then, premium processing remains temporarily suspended for all other H-1B petitions.

 

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