How to avoid getting an H1B visa in 2020
Posted On July 2, 2021
More articles New Zealand is in talks with US companies to help them ramp up their H1-B visa processing, with the government looking to increase the number of overseas workers.
Key points:New Zealand will not increase the H1Bs processing cap to 12,000 visas per yearNew Zealand is considering the introduction of an H-1B cap of 11,000 for a three-year period to help the country deal with an influx of foreign workersThe cap is expected to be raised to 11,400 for a six-month period to ease pressure on the systemThe government is also discussing the introduction, in 2020, of an additional 11,100 visas for H-2B workersThe move comes after the US government announced it was lowering its H1b cap to 11-year-olds, which will help ease pressure for New Zealand to attract foreign workers.
But there are questions about whether it will work in 2020.
The cap for H1 visas was introduced in 2013, meaning that there is a two-year waiting period for a visa application to be processed, unless the applicant is a US citizen.
The H1 visa is the most popular form of H1 work for New York-based companies looking to hire New Zealanders.
The Government wants to increase that cap to 18,000, which would mean that H1 workers could be eligible for up to 120 H1, instead of the current limit of 12,200.
In 2020, the number is expected have doubled, from 12,300 to 12.3 million.
That will make New Zealand the second most popular country to get an H2B visa, with New Zealand’s annual cap of 13,000.
The US Government announced it would be lowering its cap for a period of three years to help ease the pressure on New Zealand in its labour market.
A New Zealand Immigration Department spokesman said the new plan was a good first step, but it was not the end of the discussion.
“We are exploring other options for future changes to the H-3 visa process, including a temporary limit of 11000 visas,” he said.
He said the changes would only affect applications from companies with annual turnover of $5 million or more.
“There will be no increase in the H2-B cap, and there is no change in the existing H1 and H2 cap.”
He said there was no timeframe for discussions, but that discussions were continuing.
New Zealand has seen a surge in H1 applicants, with more than 80,000 applications in the first six months of 2020.
More than half of them were from the US.US companies have complained about the visa backlog and the low processing rates for H2 applications.
It has also been accused of not giving enough consideration to applications from skilled workers who have been unable to find work in New Zealand.
Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse said it was the Government’s intention to boost H1s processing rate.
“That will allow for a better response to the demand for skilled workers, particularly skilled women and children,” he told reporters in Auckland.
“It’s an important step towards creating a new supply of skilled workers for Newzealand, and I am pleased that it is being taken forward.”
He would not specify what the change was in 2020 or when it would take place.
The government said it would also introduce an H4 visa for workers from other countries, but said the cap for that would be increased to 11.5, instead, of 12.2, in the same timeframe.
“The Government will continue to work with other stakeholders to ensure we can continue to meet our obligations under the Visa Agreement,” the spokesman said.
Topics:immigration,work,government-and-politics,human-interest,foreign-affairs,business-economics-and–finance,immigration,immigration-policy,human,foreigners,nsw,sydney-2000First posted February 06, 2020 17:29:52Contact Karen P. JonesMore stories from New Zealand