H1B Visa News Portal

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

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|

DHS Issues Interim Final Rule for H-1B Visa Classification

The United States Department of Homeland Security’ (DHS) long-warned interim final rule has finally been brought to light, amending some of the regulations to the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program, in order to “strengthen the visa classification program”. According to the interim final rule’s changes, the “speciality occupation” definition will be amended to better align with the meaning of the term; therefore there will be added words such as “worksite” and “third-party worksite”, while the purpose of the [...]

By |2020-10-19T12:52:14+02:00October 19th, 2020|H1B Visa News Portal|

US Judge Freezes Visa Fee Increase of H-1B and L-1 Category

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the visa fee for immigrants who belong to H1-B and L-1 category, will not be increased after the US Federal Court has turned down President Donald Trump’s proposal. The Department of Homeland and Security (DHS) tried to increase H-1B visa fees by 20 per cent, while L-1 visas were planned to increase by 75 per cent. However, the US District Court for the Northern District of California [...]

By |2020-10-07T13:01:20+02:00October 7th, 2020|H1B Visa News Portal|

H-1B Visa Program Amendments Under White House Review

The proposed amendment to the H-1B visa program by President Trump's administration, which would define what exactly "special occupation" would include, is close to publication, as the United States Department for Homeland and Security has already sent the proposed rule to the White House's Office of Management and Budget, VisaGuide.World reports. After the White House regulatory office reviews the regulation, it will be released by the federal agency and ready to be published for the public's comments. [...]

By |2020-09-08T15:16:58+02:00September 8th, 2020|H1B Visa News Portal|

US Approves More Than 95% of  H-1B Visa Applications in June, Highest Since Trump Took Over

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has estimated that 95.5 per cent of the total H-1B visa applications filed were approved, during the third quarter of the current fiscal year, the highest since Donald Trump became President of the United States. According to USCIS, the data belongs to the third quarter of the year, that ended on June 30, a few days after Trump suspended new applications for non-immigrant visas including H-1B and L-1, VisaGuide.World [...]

By |2020-08-26T10:24:33+02:00August 24th, 2020|H1B Visa News Portal|