US may ease visa requirements for Indians on H-1B in response to PM Modi’s visit.

With the aid of this week’s state visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Biden administration will make it simpler for Indians to live and work in the United States.

One of the people asserted that the State Department would announce on Thursday that, as part of a pilot programme that may be expanded in the coming years, a small number of Indians and other foreign workers on H-1B visas will be permitted to renew their visas in the United States without having to travel abroad.

Indian nationals made up 73% of the over 442,000 H-1B employees in fiscal year 2022, making them by far the most frequent users of the U.S. H-1B programme.

The U.S. government annually offers 65,000 H-1B visas, along with an additional 20,000 visas for employees with advanced degrees, to businesses looking to hire talented foreign workers. The three-year visas are extendable for an additional three years.

The companies that have employed the most H-1B employees recently are Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services in India, Amazon, Alphabet, and Meta in the United States.

The official claimed that by enabling some of the temporary foreign workers to renew their visas in the United States, staff time would be freed up for visa interviews at foreign consulates.

The difficulties Indian nationals, particularly those working in the technology industry, have in acquiring visas to remain in the United States has long been of concern to India. The Labour Department calculated that there were over 10 million open positions in the nation at the end of April.
Thousands of IT professionals have been fired off this year, and some H-1B visa holders in the U.S. are among them. As a result, they are scurrying to find new jobs within a 60-day “grace period” or leave the country.

The Biden administration has been attempting to make it easier for Indians to obtain visas for months in an effort to get around Congress’ lack of political will to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Joe Biden, president of the United States, wants to unite the two biggest democracies in the world, in part to better compete with China.

According to Matthew Miller, a spokesperson for the US Department of State, the consular staff of the US have been making a “huge push” to process as many visa applications as possible in India. We all know that the mobility of our people is a significant benefit to us, said another American official. Our intention is to address things in a diverse manner. To find creative solutions, the State Department has already expended a lot of work.

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