Immigrants Will Be Able To Renew H-1B and L-1 Visas In the US
The US State Department recently announced plans to launch a pilot program in 2023 to help immigrants renew their temporary work visas, such as H-1B and L-1, while they remain in the United States. The program, first reported by Bloomberg Law on February 9, is designed to streamline the visa renewal process and reduce the amount of time immigrants must spend abroad.
Immigrants who are in the US on temporary work visas may find that their visa expires before they have the opportunity to renew it. In many cases, the visa renewal process requires applicants to exit the US and return for a new visa to be issued. This can be a complicated and time-consuming process, leading to financial and personal hardships for many immigrants. It may also harm their chances of getting a green card.
The proposed pilot program, however, aims to make the renewal process easier and less disruptive for immigrants. Under the program, immigrants would be able to apply for their visa renewal while they are still in the US, making the process much more convenient and cost-effective. The program would also reduce the amount of paperwork applicants need to submit in order to get their visa renewed.
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The pilot program is an important step forward for both immigrants and the US labor market. For immigrants, it provides a much simpler and faster way to renew their visa and stay in the US. This is particularly important for immigrants who are already employed in the US and would otherwise need to leave their job and their home in order to obtain a new visa, impacting their lives and their families’.
“Immigration lawyers and business groups have urged the State Department to add the domestic renewal option as a measure to address visa bottlenecks abroad, especially in India, the biggest source of H-1B visa holders. Foreign workers who travel abroad can’t reenter the US without a valid visa stamp. But long wait times for appointments during the pandemic meant many were stuck abroad for months, adding disruptions for employers”, says the Bloomberg Law story, written by Andrew Kreighbaum.
For the US labor market, the pilot program is also beneficial. It allows companies to retain highly skilled workers and prevents them from having to find new employees, which can be costly and time-consuming. In addition, the program could help attract new immigrants to the US labor market and give employers access to a wider pool of talent.
Overall, the US State Department’s pilot program is a significant step forward in making the visa renewal process easier for immigrants and helping the US labor market. By streamlining the process and reducing the paperwork requirements, the program will make it easier for immigrants to stay and work in the US without having to leave the country. This can only benefit both immigrants and the US labor market in the long run.
“Adding the domestic processing option doesn’t require the State Department to issue new regulations. Part of the challenge was that adding the option involves setting up a new consular division in Washington, DC”, said Julie Stufft, deputy assistant secretary for visa services in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, in an interview to Bloomberg Law.
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