Immigration US Holds Lottery To Choose Successful H-1B Petitions
In a somewhat important development, the concerned American citizenship & immigration organization–the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)–has reportedly proclaimed that it has run a lottery to take a decision as to which H-1B submissions for the 2014 financial year will get green signal.
Every year, the said body makes available 65,000 permits to the trained employees from abroad, to get employed in the nation in what is called a specialty line-of–work. Although the workers ought to possess a degree, a candidate having sufficient training & experience leading to an equivalent degree could make the grade.
Washington DC also gives 20,000 H-1Bs to the overseas manpower with degrees in the masters, or any other postgraduate degrees. Even as sufficient petitions, to touch the upper limit, are pocketed in the 1st week that the Immigration US starts to accept them, the laws say that the USCIS will afterwards conduct a lottery for every class to give the permits.
Significantly, a leading concerned organization had previously issued a warning of a high demand this year, claiming the figure of the submissions for the next financial year (2014) would be high. The aspirants had been duly advised and told that all those interested in the H-1B Permits would do well to file their submissions without any delay; post the USCIS starts to admit the petitions.
During 2013, the USCIS accepted 124,000 submissions by April 5. It received adequate petitions to fill in the quota for both specialty vocation permits & advanced degree permits. Given this, it has organized two lotteries–one to allocate the 20,000 H-1Bs for advanced degree graduates, & one to dole-out the rest of the 65,000 H-1Bs.
The lotteries were organized on April 7 this year even while the advanced degree permit lottery was organized first. The petition of any candidate–who had earlier failed to make the cut–was afterwards fed into the key H-1B lottery, offering the graduates having advanced degree yet another opportunity.
Every year, Immigration US starts to admit submissions for the financial year starting on October 1 on April 1 in the same year. The permits are only legal from the October of the financial year for which they are given. Every year, the volume of the filed H-1B submissions far surpasses the 85,000 permits up for grabs. This year, the upper limit was touched in the quickest time since 2008 when it used just two days. During 2007, the said limit was touched in just 1 day.
H-1B Upper Limit Fixed Very Low
Meanwhile, some economists have reportedly observed that the development that the lottery was needed for the first time in 5 years shows that the American economy is on its road to recovery. However, some others have claimed that the same just reveals that the upper limit for the H-1B petitions has been fixed very low.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services has proclaimed that it has held a lottery to take a decision as to which H-1B submissions for the 2014 financial year will get green signal. Meanwhile, some economists have observed that the development that the lottery was required for the first time in 5 years shows that the American economy is on its road to recovery. However, some others have claimed that the same just reveals that the upper limit for the H-1B has been fixed very low.
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