The H1B visa is a non-immigrant US work visa which enables foreigners to work in the US in specific job positions such as

  • Professors.
  • Doctors.
  • Lawyers.
  • Engineers.
  • IT Specialists.

This visa is also called Person in Specialty Occupation Visa because of the university degree that the applicants are required to possess.

The USCIS opens applications every year in spring. The program has a visa cap of 65 thousand applications, meaning when this number is reached no more applications are received. The applications of the first 20 thousand applicants with a master’s degree are exempt from this visa cap.

On the VisaGuide.World H-1B Visa Portal you can find the latest news and updates on H-1B Visa.

Already in the United States with an H-1B visa? If you haven’t purchased a proper health insurance plan, you can visit this guide to obtaining health insurance for H-1B visa holders.

Latest H-1B News

USCIS: Initial Electronic Registration Selection Process for H-1B Visas Completed

The United States Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it received enough applications during the initial registration period in order to reach the 2022 fiscal year cap for the Person in Specialty Occupation Visa, known as H-1B visa. Through the H-1B visa, internationals engaged in different fields are permitted to temporary work in some US companies. The US authorities issue 85,000 new H-1B visas yearly for all persons interested in working as architects, doctors, lawyers, accountants, etc., [...]

By |2021-04-05T12:14:29+02:00April 5th, 2021|H1B Visa News Portal|

USCIS May Reopen H-1B Petitions Rejected Previously by Trump Administration

The Biden administration has unfolded its plans to reopen H-1B petitions that have previously been denied due to three rescinded Trump policy memos. Such announcement has brought hope to many Indian professionals, who are the largest national group of applicants or the US H-1B visa program, obtaining nearly two-thirds of the total of 85,000 H-1B visas issued annually, as well as other internationals interested in working in the US companies, in different fields such as professors, doctors, [...]

By |2021-03-17T15:49:07+02:00March 17th, 2021|H1B Visa News Portal|

DHS Introduces Final Rule to Make H-1B Visa Program More Effective & Efficient

A final rule changing regulations governing H-1B cap-subject petitions, counting also those that could be eligible for the advanced degree exemption has been posted for public inspection by the Department of Homeland and Security. An announcement by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) noted that the final rule moves back the order based on which the USCIS chooses H-1B petitions under the regular cap as well as the advanced degree exemption. It also introduces an [...]

By |2021-02-15T18:01:15+02:00February 15th, 2021|H1B Visa News Portal|

H-1B Visa Rejection Rates Declined Profoundly for Top 10 Companies in Summer 2020

The rejection rates for H-1B work visas has marked an enormous decrease for the top 10 companies in the quarter ended September 31, 2020, based on an analysis published by the United States immigration data. The rejection rate decreased to 1.5 per cent from July until September, compared to 21 per cent in the previous nine months, VisaGuide.World reports. Previously the National Foundation for American Policy concluded that even though the H-1B denial rates remained high compared [...]

By |2021-02-01T14:28:04+02:00February 1st, 2021|H1B Visa News Portal|

US Develops New Unit to Examine Optional Practical Training Work Permits for International Students

A new unit to examine the use of the Optional Practical Training (OPT) for students and employers has been developed by the United States Department of Homeland and Security. The Optional Practical Training program permits international students to work in the US up to three years, under the authorization granted from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), VisaGuide.World reports. The US Department of Homeland and Security announced that the new Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit introduced [...]

By |2021-01-18T16:29:04+02:00January 18th, 2021|H1B Visa News Portal|

USCIS Amends H-1B Selection Process to Prioritize Wages

The Trump administration has once again changed H-1B visa norms by amending regulations to prioritize higher wages and skills for selecting deserving candidates. According to an announcement published by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, the amendments on the H-1B cap selection process will push employers to offer higher salaries and “establish a more certain path for businesses”, VisaGuide.World reports. The USCIS Deputy Director for Policy Joseph Edlow has stressed that the H-1B temporary visa program [...]

By |2021-01-12T15:25:25+02:00January 12th, 2021|H1B Visa News Portal|

H-1B Visa Denial Rates Remain High Though a Decline Was Marked in Third-Quarter

H1-B denial rates have remained high, compared to the previous year; however, the figures show that the denial rate has decreased during the third quarter of FY 2020, due to the new way the United States Immigration Services (USCIS) decided to select petitions for the annual H-1B lottery. Such conclusions have been revealed in the National Foundation for American Policy recent report, which has emphasized that H-1B petitions denial rate for initial employment has marked a 6 [...]

By |2020-12-10T15:51:07+02:00December 10th, 2020|H1B Visa News Portal|

US Court Annulled Two H-1B Regulations Suggested by Trump Administration

A US District Court has abolished two H-1B visa regulations, suggested by President Donald Trump’s administration, which would impede companies from hiring international employees. The administration of President Trump planned to impose these regulations on December 7. However, they have been opposed by a large number of universities, research organizations, businesses and other organizations from the start, VisaGuide.World reports. Trump’s administration introduced the new changes in October, as interim final rules without previous notice or public comments, [...]

By |2020-12-03T10:45:23+02:00December 3rd, 2020|H1B Visa News Portal|

Trump Administration to Scrap Lottery System that Selects H1-B Visa Applicants

The administration of President Donald Trump has proposed to put an end to the current computerised lottery system that is used to grant H-1B work visas and use a wage-level-based selection process instead, the Department of Homeland and Security (DHS) has announced. According to the DHS, the new selection process which will give priority to the jobs with higher salaries is planned to be imposed in order to protect the economic interests of the United States workers, [...]

By |2020-11-02T11:22:37+02:00November 2nd, 2020|H1B Visa News Portal|

USCIS Increases Premium Processing Fee – Including for H-1B

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that the fee for premium processing has increased, as required by the Counting Appropriations Act and Other Extensions Act, Pub. L. No. 116-159, adopted on October 1, 2020. According to the new decision, the fee for Form I-907 Request for Premium Processing will increase from $1,440 to $2,500, for all persons except for those who apply for H-2B or R-1 non-immigrant status. The premium processing fee for [...]

By |2020-10-21T16:43:11+02:00October 21st, 2020|H1B Visa News Portal|
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