The US State Department is planning to launch a pilot project later this year to allow for “domestic visa revalidation” in certain non-immigrant visa categories, such as H-1B and L1. This could benefit thousands of Indian tech workers in the US.
Before 2004, some non-immigrant visa categories, most notably the H-1B, allowed for in-country renewal or stamping. A non-immigrant visa called the H-1B allows US businesses to hire foreign nationals for specialized jobs that call for theoretical or technical expertise. As the nation prepares to resume “domestic visa revalidation” in some categories. On a trial basis with the intention of expanding it in the coming years, thousands of Indian techies in the United States may soon feel a great sense of relief. The pilot project, which will be introduced later this year. Will provide a great deal of relief for thousands of Indian tech professionals working in the US.
A State Department spokesperson reportedly stated, ” “We have fast growing plans to resume this service for some petition-based NIV categories, and we aim to launch a pilot scheme by the end of the year. These candidate would no longer need to travel abroad to renew their visas as a result.” For candidate who were physically present in the US and resuming a visa in some petition-based non-immigrant visa (NIV) categories. The State Department facilitated domestic visa revalidation up until 2004, the official said. “We cannot speculate on the number of visa holders who would initially be eligible, but the pilot would start with a small number of cases before scaling over the following one to two years,” the author continued.
Restamping of H-1B is currently only possible at any US consulate and is not permitted within the US. The wait for a visa could last up to two years, which is a major inconvenience for foreign workers. The highly desired H-1B are granted for periods of three years. The H-1B is a Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV). That enables US businesses to hire foreign nationals for jobs requiring technical expertise. It is used by tech companies to hire personnel from nations like China and India. H-1B are granted for periods of three years. The Biden administration has made several moves in recent months to simplify the visa application process and reduce hassles.
According to the current regulation, which went into effect in 2004, the process for renewing H1-B and L visas. Entails travelers travelling home and submitting their passports, H1 and L1 visas, and supporting documentation via drobox or interview. After submitting all the necessary paperwork for an H1-B stamping. People are at times stuck for more than two years in their home country. The presidential commission had argued in one of its meetings last year. That they should not return while their families are waiting for them to do so in the US.