O-1 Visa best choice for Nepalese tech talents
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced further changes in the H1-B visa application process for tech talents who want to work in the US. The agency that issues H-1B visas will move to a new system in April.
According to the USCIS, employers will now need to register in advance the names of employees who need work permits. The agency will then select those of the registered candidates who it views as eligible to apply for the H1-B visa. This will lengthen the whole visa process as the H1-B visa season will now begin in March and end in June/July, unlike in previous years when the season began in March and ran till the second week of April.
Despite the tightening of the H1-B visa regulations, the USCIS points out that the O-1 Visa option still remains uncapped for talents wishing to work with US tech companies. According to Liran Jakob Rosenfeld, the founder and CEO at PassRight, a network supporting talented professionals in their relocation to the US, the O-1 visa is the best choice for tech experts as O-1 Visa talent are recognized as people with extraordinary skills in their field of work. In fact, despite the harsh US immigration policies, 98 percent of O-1 visa applicants who applied through PassRight received their visas in 2019.
Rosenfeld, who has offices in San Francisco and Warsaw, Poland, informed that the current tech economy is booming for engineers in the US. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that 1.4 million positions will be open in computing in the near future. With only 400,000 computer science grads being produced, an estimated 1 million technology jobs will go unfilled in 2020. So there is a lot of scope for Nepali tech talents wanting to move to the US and work for Tech Giants in the Silicon Valley.
“Nepalese IT specialists are considered to be some of the best in the world. The opening of our office in Warsaw was, therefore, a natural step in the company’s development as it brought us closer to the South Asian Time Zone. We want to be more accessible to talented people who need support in passing the visa process and finding a job in the United States,” says Liran Jakob Rosenfeld, the founder, and CEO of PassRight.