H1-B visa – recent policy change, new policy favouring advance degree holders

Recent policy change favouring advanced degree holders for visas in the US. New policy will help advance degree holders  to get visas. But will lead to a hit on IT companies’ profitability as the number of H1-B visas approved gets reduced, a report said.

In December 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) proposed reversing the process for H1-B selection favouring advance degree holders.

This is likely to lead to 10 per cent reduction in H1-B visa approvals for regular applicants, where the applicant is without an advance degree masters or higher from US universities, ratings agency Icra said.

Even though the companies have other factors to restrict the impact, overall operating margins are still expected to decline from 22.1 per cent in FY18 to 20.8 per cent in FY21, it said.


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