The USA provides a 60-day grace period for H1B visa holders, applicants for a green card

The United States of America stated that they were prepared to provide a 60-day grace period to H1B visa applicants, as well as green card applicants who were given notifications to submit various documents.

Such features were introduced due to COVID-19.

“In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is extending the flexibilities it announced on March 30 to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to certain Requests for Evidence; Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14); Notices of Intent to Deny; Notices of Intent to Revoke; Notices of Intent to Rescind and Notices of Intent to Terminate regional investment centers; and Filing date requirements for Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion,” USCIS said.

The grace period is intended to apply if the date of issue specified in the request, notification, or decision is between March 1 and July 1, 2020.

“USCIS will consider a response to the above requests and notices received within 60 calendar days after the response due date set forth in the request or notice before taking action,” it said. It further said that it was taking several measures to protect the workforce and community in the US and to minimize the “immigration consequences for those seeking immigration benefits during this time.”

The H1B visa is not an immigrant visa that allows American companies to hire foreign workers in specialties that require theoretical or technical expertise. This visa is especially popular among workers from China and India.

By law, the United States can issue no more than 140,000 green cards (based on employment) per year, and about 7% per camp. For H1B, the maximum number of visas issued can be 65,000 per year. However, a country can issue an additional 20,000 visas for highly qualified workers (who have obtained a master's degree or a higher degree from an American educational institution).

The issue of granting visas to foreigners (especially workers) has recently arisen in the country. The US president said he was planning a temporary ban on immigration to protect US jobs.

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