The Trump Administration just suspended expedited visa registrations for H-1B visas, per Reuters.
H-1B non-immigrant visas are issued to graduate-level workers in fields such as medicine, information technology, engineering, and mathematics so that they may be employed by U.S. companies.
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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said on Friday that starting April 3 it will suspend “premium processing” for up to six months. Under this expedited procedure, applicants can be eligible for visa approvals within 15 days, instead of a regular review period that can last for up to a few months.
USCIS said that during the suspension period, individuals still can request expedited consideration, but must meet certain criteria, such as humanitarian reasons, an emergency situation or the prospect of severe financial loss to a company or individual.
The United States currently caps H-1B visas at 65,000 a year, with an additional 20,000 allowed for those who have earned advanced college degrees in the United States.
This temporary suspension by the Trump administration is another avenue by which they’re cracking down on immigration practices and working to get a handle on who’s coming and going overseas.