Indian IT services not keen in H-1B premium processing

Indian IT services not keen in H-1B premium processing

Indian IT services not keen in H-1B premium processing

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Indian IT services companies are not too keen to use a premium processing option for H-1B visas due to a changing business model and higher rejection rates, two people aware of the developments at industry lobby group Nasscom said.

These companies, long dependent on H-1B visas to deploy software engineers close to their clients in the United States, got a significant chunk of the visas under the 85,000 annual H-1B limit, which includes a cap of 20,000 master’s degree holders.  Over the past three years, most of these firms have started hiring locally, primarily from universities as they have come under increased scrutiny and have faced more rejections, said one of the people.

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which processes the visa applications, opened a two phase premium processing window for H-1B applications this year for applications filed for fiscal year 2020 that begins October 1, after suspending the option for a couple of years citing higher demand. The second phase began on June 10 and the fee was set at $1,410. Premium processing ensures adjudication of the petition — whether it is approved or returned seeking more evidence — within 15days.

Ranjini Trinitymirror

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