US may double H1-B visa quota
The number of H1-B visas may be doubled to 115,000 a year from the present 65,000.india Updated: Mar 14, 2006 14:34 IST
An increase in the number of H1-B visas, largely used by Indian IT professionals, is among the potential provisions in an immigration bill being discussed in the US Senate. The number of H1-B visas may be doubled to 115,000 a year from the present 65,000.
Moreover, the bill may also propose increasing it by 20 per cent each year. The final guidelines of the immigration Bill would be finalised by the Senate in a few weeks. The H1-B visas reached a peak of 195,000 per year in 2003 but since then, the Congress has steadily reduced the numbers.
The Senate is also seeking to increase the immigration numbers by looking at entrants for science, technology and engineering jobs, keeping in mind the need for qualified teachers in US for maths and sciences. The Senate is also said to be looking at creating an F-4 visa category for students keen on pursuing advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering or maths.
These students would be given permanent residency if they find a job in their areas of study and pay a $1000 fee for scholarship and training of American workers.