The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has published a data analysis report from the USCIS. The data shows that the Immigration Department has experienced serious delays in handling h1b visa (also known as h1b签证) applications and o1 visa (also known as o1签证) applications. AILA found that the average case processing time of the USCIS increased by 46% in the past two fiscal years, an increase of 91% compared to 2014. The report also found that although the number of applications submitted to the Immigration Bureau decreased last year, the time for the immigration office to process applications has increased!
The average time taken by the Vermont Service Center to process the first H-1B application is 9-12 months; the average time to process the h1b extension application is 6.5-8.5 months. During Trump administration, it seems more and more difficult to apply for and obtain the h1b visa process (also known as h1b签证流程). The review of h1b visa materials (also known as h1b签证材料) is becoming more and more strict. Even h1b renewal (also known as h1b续签) has encountered troubles, and the h1b rfe rate and rejection rate are also increasing year by year. The h1b transfer process (also known as h1b transfer流程) is also more difficult. Since Trump’s “Buy American, Americans” executive order was issued, the Immigration Department began to review all types of visa applications more rigorously. The consequence of this is that the review process is becoming more and more complex and the time is getting longer. A senior official said: The h1b visa was originally set up to introduce talent for the United States, but some employers use it to hire foreign workers who can accept lower wages. Trump requires federal agencies to strictly enforce the h1b visa law, and also wants to avoid fraud and abuse of h1b visas, and to ensure that h1b visas are only issued to applicants who are truly eligible. It is understandable that Trump wants to control the quality of h1b visa holders, but the delay in the approval process is not friendly to ordinary students.
Everyone knows that h1b is a non-immigrant visa that relies on employer support. If you are dismissed because of the delay in the h1b visa process, even if the final h1b visa is approved, there is nothing to do. The h1b visa application for 2019 is about to come to an end. The good news is that this year the Immigration Bureau opened the expedited service/Premium Processing for the h1b application. You can consider applying for expedited according to your actual situation.