The Federal Government of the United States has given a grace period of 60 days to H-1B visa and Green Card applicants, who received notices for submission of their documents amid Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19).

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services statement stressed that the 60-day grace period for responding to its requests will include the following:

  • requests for evidence;
  • continuations to request evidence (N-14);
  • notices of intent to deny,
  • to revoke,
  • to rescind and to terminate regional investment centres;
  • filing date requirements for Form I-290B,
  • Notice of Appeal or Motion.

“USCIS will consider a response to the above requests and notices received within 60 calendar days after the response due date set in the request or notice before taking action,” the statement reads, VisaGuide.World reports.

The USCIS will consider a Form I-290B received up to 60 calendar days from the date of the decision before it takes any action, according to the statement.

Through the H-1B visa, US companies are eligible to employ international workers in speciality occupations where a graduate university is required. The so-called, Person in Specialty Occupation visa allows companies to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from different countries.

While the Green Card or Immigrant visa is a permanent visa, and their holders are eligible to move to the US and stay there as long as they want in contrary from nonimmigrant visas that have an expiry date and the visa holder must return to their home nations immediately.

Trump announced a temporary suspension of  Green Cards

Last month, the US President Donald Trump announced he was planning to suspend the issuance of green cards to immigrants who want to live and work in the US, for at least 60 days, amid the Coronavirus crisis.

According to him, the decision would put “unemployed Americans first in line for jobs while America reopens.”

“A short break from new immigration, depending on the time we’re talking about, will protect the solvency of our health care system and provide relief to jobless Americans,” Trump said, adding that executive order that would direct his administration to roll out this policy change will also be signed.

 H-1B Visa Speculations

On April, some attorneys believed that due to the malfunction in the new registration system for the H-1B temporary visa, more than 900  registrations for this kind of visa had been wrongly denied as duplicates by the USCIS.

Soon after, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)  denied these allegations.

While attorneys believed that there are problems with the new system of the USCIS, the agency said that the scope of the denials was much higher than first thought.

The new system enables an employer to register a company and submit the foreign citizen’s name they want to petition for the H-1B temporary visa.

Last month, applicants who applied for the first time through the electronic registration system for the temporary visa had been notified whether they were selected or not.

The application process that allows internationals who have a university degree to apply electronically for the H-1B temporary visa has been opened from March 1 until March 20.