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Biden rescinds Trump memo denying H-1B visa to programmers


Pune: Following an opposed court docket verdict, United States Citizenship and Immigration Companies (USCIS) has rescinded one other Trump period memo that had stated pc programmers didn’t qualify as a H-1B speciality occupation.

On 16 December, the US Courtroom of Appeals overturned the USCIS’ denial of an H-1B visa petition as arbitrary and capricious within the Innova Options Inc. v Baran case. Final week, the USCIS rescinded the memo and stated it shouldn’t be utilized to any new or pending visa requests.

Many H-1B visa petitions of Indian residents are filed for pc programmer roles. In FY20, this was among the many prime 10 occupational roles for which an H-1B/H-1B1/E3 petition had been filed.

Innova Options had filed an H-1B petition for an Indian citizen with a bachelor’s diploma as a pc programmer, establishing {that a} “baccalaureate or larger diploma or its equal is often the minimal requirement for entry into the actual place.”

The USCIS rejected the petition on the grounds that the US Division of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook doesn’t state that not less than a bachelor’s diploma or its equal in a selected specialty is often the minimal required, which the panel stated was a misrepresentation.

The USCIS additionally stated it will begin registrations for FY22 H-1B visa lottery on 9 March and this may stay open until 25 March.

Yearly, the US points 85,000 new H-1B visas, together with 20,000 reserved for candidates holding a Masters’ diploma. Final yr, the company obtained 275,000 petitions for these 85,000 visas. Indians obtain about 70% of the brand new visas issued, with a big share going to American know-how corporations like Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Fb. The share of Indian IT providers corporations has been regularly decreasing, and so they obtain about 6% of the brand new visas issued every year.

On Thursday, US President Joe Biden’s administration stated it was delaying the implementation of one other Trump period rule that referred to as for issuing H-1B visas based mostly on wage ranges. Immigration trackers had stated that this could have had a detrimental influence on the visa programme in addition to for college students and smaller corporations. The rule, which was to be applied in March, has now been delayed to 31 December and can open for public feedback for a 30-day interval beginning Monday.

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