The US President has signed the bill to increase the H1B
23 October 2000
President Clinton signed the bill to increase the number of
US temporary work visas for the next three years. The quota of the number of
H-1B visas has been raised to 195,000 to allow skilled workers with job offers
from US employers to obtain the necessary permits to work in the US. The new law
also increases the application fee for an H1B visa from $610 to $1110.
Other benefits for workers and employers under this law adds
flexibility to their work permit. For instance the H-1B can now be extended in
one-year increments if the worker has applied for employment based permanent
residence before the current H1B has expired. The H-1B non-immigrant worker may
also begin working for a new employer once the petition for employment at the
new employer has been submitted.