The US Department of State has said that H-1B applicants whose petitions were denied because of the travel ban can now reapply for a visa by submitting a new application.
In June a year ago, then US President Donald Trump had issued a travel ban on the entry of certain non-immigrant visa holders. Including H-1B and L-1 visas which are most commonly utilized by technology firms. To send high-skill workers to the United States. The ban, which had been extended to 31st March 2021 expired two days ago.
The travel advisory by the government led by President Joe Biden also stated that. Visa candidates who have not yet been interviewed or scheduled for an interview will have their applications prioritized and processed. In accordance with the current phased resumption of visa services guidance.
Impacted applicants by Trump travel Ban can reapply for H-1B visa
The resumption of visa services will change depending on whether the embassies and consulates in a specific nation have resumed visa processing services. Moreover, in India, the consulate is currently processing cases that had been canceled or rescheduled on account of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.
The travel ban had been declared in order to protect American jobs. In view of record unemployment levels due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, a few huge organizations and industry associations had questioned this move.
As unemployment levels in technology-related jobs had not changed much when compared with previously. In August, H-1B and L-1 visa holders meeting certain criteria were made excluded from this ban.
Also, this restriction lifts similarly as the visa lottery for FY2022 has come to a close. From 1st April 2021, selected candidates can file their petitions for an H-1B visa. Which, if accepted, will allow them to work in the US from 1st October 2021.