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H-1B visa may soon be stamped inside the US after the recommendation of the Presidential Commission

Many Indian professionals, either freshmen or awaiting renewal of H-1B visas, face uncertainty due to long visa application appointments, with the current waiting period exceeding one year.

Many Indian professionals, either freshmen or awaiting renewal of H-1B visas, face uncertainty due to long visa application appointments, with the current waiting period exceeding one year.

A presidential commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders has unanimously approved a recommendation for a provision to stamp H-1B visas inside the US, a move if accepted by President Joe Biden for thousands of foreign professionals. It will come as a big relief to India, especially from India. India.

The H-1B visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in specialized occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. Technology companies depend on it to hire thousands of employees every year from countries like India and China.

As per current mandatory practice, one needs to apply for a visa stamp at a US consulate or embassy abroad before activating one’s H-1B status.

The move came from the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders during their meeting at the White House on Wednesday.

Long waiting period for Indians

Notably, a large number of them are either new or awaiting renewal of H-1B visas, facing uncertainty due to long visa application appointments in countries such as India where the current waiting period is more than one year. is more. A recommendation was made by Indian American Ajay Jain Bhutoria, a member of the commission.

“As part of our immigration process, H-1B visa holders are given the opportunity to work in the United States and contribute to the development of our economy, innovation and economic growth,” Mr Bhutoria told commission members. Told. The meeting, which was broadcast live by the White House.

He told the commission members that H-1B visa holders face problems and sometimes family is forcibly separated during renewal or when they travel abroad.

“There are situations where many people, whose parents are in ICU or in critical condition or their parents have died, but they cannot go back home for fear that if visa appointments are often delayed Happens in home countries,” he said.

“In India, right now, the waiting period for getting a visa appointment is 844 days which is more like two years or more. Similar is the situation in Pakistan, Bangladesh and many other countries. China is much better now. So, they can’t get appointments and they can’t get stampings done and they get stuck,” Mr Bhutoria said.

Hailing from Silicon Valley, Mr. Bhutoria is a successful entrepreneur and has been a supporter of President Biden from day one of his campaign.

“So what happens, they potentially lose their jobs. Here the wife and children are separated and have no means to feed themselves or at times the spouses do not drive. Too many conditions create disruption in their lives while they are given full opportunity to work here legally,” he argued.

‘USCIS should update policy’

He said that this recommendation is basically saying that USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Commission) should update its policy, as provided by USCIS several years ago to allow the extension and stamping of visas in the US. was done to.

“It was done earlier. It was stopped,” he said.

“This recommendation is to request USCIS to allow stamping in the US. Alternatively, USCIS should also consider providing advanced travel documents to these visa holders when they travel out of the country, so that they You can re-enter the US without having to re-enter your country, Bhutoria said.

family separation issue

Several members of the commission called it an issue of family separation and mental health.

Chief Commissioner Sonal Shah, an Indian American, said it was an issue of family separation and dignity of H-1B visa holders.

“It’s an easy way to instill fear in families,” she said.

“One of the comments I’ll make here is that I think it’s in the Commission’s thinking about the dignity of the people, and how we make it easy and a respectful process and a respectful approach. Having rules is a One thing is, maintaining the dignity of families and individuals is another thing,” Ms Shah said.

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