USCIS settlement signals H-1B visa relief


United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has entered into a broad settlement agreement with an alliance of information-technology services companies according to which the USCIS will withdraw some of the requirements of additional documentation that companies were having to provide for H-1B visas.

The USCIS will repeal the 2018 Contract and Itinerary Memorandum within 90 days, according to the settlement reached last month.

The ITServe Alliance, representing over 1,200 member companies, said in a statement: “Since 2018, we have been making gradual progress through our judicial system and this is a significant milestone. This settlement wipes out the last 10 years of USCIS policy targeting many companies that hire H-1B employees and directly benefits them with the opportunity for stable employment, a predictable future, and the confidence to continue their interest in the United States.”

The settlement comes against the backdrop of soaring visa rejection rates and the USCIS, which relies on green card and visa fees.

The New York Times reported last month: “A precipitous drop in applications for green cards, citizenship and other programs has threatened the solvency of the federal agency that administers the country’s lawful immigration system, prompting it to seek a $1.2 billion cash infusion from Congress as well as fee hikes to stay afloat.”

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