U.S Government Extends 60-Day Grace Period to H-1B Visa Holders
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In a big relief for professionals and immigrants from countries like India, the U.S government extended a 60-day grace period to H-1B visa holders and Green Card applicants, who issued notifications for sending different papers, considering the huge coronavirus outbreak in America.
The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that enables US firms to hire foreign workers in speciality occupations requiring theoretical or technological expertise. Industries depend on it to recruit tens of thousands of workers from countries such as India and China each year. A Green Card, commonly known as a Permanent Resident Passport, is a certificate given to US immigrants as evidence that the holder has been granted the right of permanent residency.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said on Friday that the 60-day grace period for reacting to its requests will include requests for evidence; continuing requests for proof (N-14); notices of intent to refuse; notices of intent to withdraw. Also, notices of intent to withdraw and notices of intent to terminate regional investment centres; and filing date conditions for Form I-290B, Notice of withdrawal.
USCIS Talks About H-1B Visas
The USCIS said that before taking any action, it would consider a Form I-290B obtained up to 60 calendar days from the date of the decision. The USCIS will grant a maximum of 65,000 H-1B work visas to highly qualified foreign workers per year. It may grant additionally 20,000 H-1B visas to those highly qualified foreign workers. They have earned masters from an American educational institution or higher degrees.
Under current law, the US will issue up to 1,40,000 job-based green cards per year. It is with a seven per cent per-country limit. Accordingly, Indian nationals earned green cards in the fiscal year 2019 from 9,008. It is for category 1 (EB1), 2,908 category 2 (EB2), and 5,083 category 3 (EB3). EB1-3 is a diverse group of green cards dependent on jobs.
The relaxations came from the view of the coronavirus pandemic which emerged last December in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The United States is the worst-hit nation with more than 65,000 deaths and more than 1,069,400 infections.