- The USCIS says it is suspending the programme for six months
- Decision taken in order to clear backlog of H-1B visa applications
- H-1B visas are temporary work visas for people
This is not a suspension of the H-1B visas, but only of the "Premium Processing", which allows companies to pay $1,125 to go to the top of the line ahead of those waiting for applications to be processed, the USCIS said on Friday.
"This temporary suspension will help us to reduce overall H-1B processing times", it added.
H-1B visas are temporary work visas for people with special qualifications and it is used mostly by Indian techies.
Under "Premium Processing", a decision is made on H-1B application within 15 days, while the regular applications take more than three months - period that has lengthened because of the surge in "Premium Processing" applications.
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