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US eyes making H-1B more flexible for startups, pacing up the green card process

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Green Card Process: The US intends to modernize the H-1B visa program as part of its regulatory plan for 2023 which could help Indian candidates. It proposes introducing changes that will make it easier for startups to hire foreign workers on an H-1B non-immigrant visa as well as revise specific other regula­tions which will streamline the process and lessen the possibility of fraud or misuse in the H-1B registration system.

These are important for the proposals put forth by the Department of Homeland Security as part of the Spring Agenda. Moreover, the Unified Agenda is a biannual regulatory plan that gives a roadmap of planned federal rulemaking across different agencies.

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The DHS said that it expects to revise the guidelines related to the ’employer-employee relationship and execute new requirements. And rules for site visits including in connection with petitions filed by H-1B dependent employers. Whose essential business data can’t be validated through commercially available information. It will also bring in more flexibility on employment start dates in certain circumstances and address the ‘cap-gap’ gives that impact students on an F-1 visa.

One more proposal by the DHS requires a change in its guidelines. To improve the efficiency in the processing of the Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (Form I-485). Which is utilized by non-immigrant visa holders when they switch status and apply for a green card or permanent residency.

[Processing over 20,000 applications daily: VFS Global COO on the current visa backlog]

The proposal intends to reduce processing times that as of now plague the system. It often runs into decades for candidates from India. Also, it would work to promote the efficient use of immediately available immigrant visas. To include the extension of concurrent filing to the employment-based 4th preference (certain special immigrants) category, including religious workers.’

These changes are still at a proposed rule stage and, if introduced, will probably take some time to execute.

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