The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Friday announced that grace of 60 days will be provided to H-1B visa holders and green card applicants who need to provide the necessary documents.
This grace is a major relief for immigrants and professionals as there is a massive outbreak of coronavirus in America.
H-1B visa may be a non-immigrant visa that permits US companies to use foreign workers in special occupations that demand theoretical or technical expertise. Those companies hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China.
While green card is an identification card that allows the holder to live and work in the USA permanently.
USCIS made it clear that the 60-day grace period is for responding to its requests for visa 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 will consider a response to the above requests and notices received within 60 calendar days after the response maturity set within the request or notice before taking action,” it said in a statement.
The USCIS said it’ll consider a Form I-290B received up to 60 calendar days from the date of the choice before it takes any action.
The USCIS can issue up to 65,000 H-1B work visas every year to highly skilled foreign workers. While it can issue up to 20,000 H-1B visas to those highly skilled foreign workers who have obtained masters or higher degrees from any American educational institution.
However, a total of 1,40,000 employment-based green cards visa are issued every year, under existing law in the USA.
“USCIS is adopting several measures to guard our workforce and community and to attenuate the immigration consequences for those seeking immigration benefits during this point ,” the statement said.
These relaxations are being given in the view of the coronavirus pandemic which is destructing the USA’s economy and increasing the unemployment rate.