'Premium Processing' Freeze Causes H-1B Hiring Hurdles

By Nicole Narea (September 10, 2018, 9:35 PM EDT) -- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' recent move to extend its suspension of "premium processing" for H-1B skilled worker visas has created staffing challenges for U.S. employers and left recent hires petitioning for the visa in limbo, attorneys said.

The H-1B program, which allows skilled foreign workers to work in specialty occupations, is popular with information technology and tech companies. The number of new visas granted through the program is capped at 65,000 a year, with extra visa slots allotted for those with master's degrees or higher. Demand has outstripped supply, however, forcing USCIS to conduct an annual lottery to allocate the...

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