Washington: The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) would start accepting new H1-B visa petitions for the fiscal year 2020 starting April 1, the media reported.
The employment start date for these visas would be October 1, the American Bazaar daily reported on Monday.
Like previous years, the regular visa cap limit for H-1B this year remains at 65,000.
Additionally, another 20,000 petitioners, who possess a Master’s, or a higher degree from a US university, will also get the visas.
But, according to many lawyers, this year may be extraordinary, mostly because of the continued scrutiny as well as some subtle rule changes announced earlier this year.
The agency will now put all the petitions including the ones with advanced degree in the regular cap. In the second round, it will select the remaining petitions. The new order is expected to increase chances of petitioners with a US Master’s degree.
According to the USCIS, the new change would result in an estimated 16 per cent rise, or an increase of 5,340 workers, in the selected H1-B petitioners with an advanced US degree.