11,000 H-1B Visas Remain to be applied for!

The H-1B visas seem to be continuing in the near future as well. With the US Congress catering to more health care for the responders of 9/11, it seems these fee hikes are here to stay. However, this has impacted quite the other way round with about thousands of H-1B visas still left to be claimed.

If the latest counts are to be believed, there are over 11,000 H-1B visas which are still available. This is as per the records of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This year can be considered as the first since 2004 when the cap of 65,000 was not reached by December of that year.

The H-1B visas are available to the nationals of all countries. However, they have mainly been acquired by Indians and many IT companies in India like the Infosys and so on. At the same time, these Indian companies were the main target of the original legislation brought out by Senator Chuck Schumer of New York.

The above legislation led to the hike in the visa fee until 2014 so as to pay for the immigration migration control. However, as per the new bill, this is to be extended until 2015. This would cater to the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

The H-1B visas have been one program which has been in demand throughout. Even last year, the quota was reached by the third week of December. When it comes to the present year, it is already the end of the year and still it seems to be far from the target to be reached.

The main reason behind this is the weak American economy which seems to have affected the previous demand. With this is the fee penalty for the visa. At the same time, these amends have also been criticized. Some have termed it as a cash cow and so on. Initially, these quotas hardly used to take weeks to reach the cap. Now, it seems some form of amends have to be brought about for the program to be acknowledged.

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