South Korea urges US to increase H-1B visa quota
06 August 2012
For concise and recent immigration information watch our news.South Korea is urging the US to increase the quota of the popular US H-1B visas for its citizens.
- 07 June 2013 Indian MPs lobby US Congress over immigration reform
- 31 May 2013 COMMENT - Comprehensive immigration reform in US may be defeated by House Republicans
- 30 May 2013 US immigration reform will require fingerprinting of foreign nationals before exit
- 28 May 2013 US immigration bill is approved by Senate Judiciary Committee
Currently, around 3,500 South Koreans are granted H-1B visas each year. The H-1B visa program is popular among US businesses wishing to employ graduate level foreign workers in specialty occupations. Each year only 65,000 visas are available for regular H-1B visa cap petitions for graduate level foreign workers in professional or specialty occupation positions. Also, an additional 20,000 H-1B visa cap petitions visas are made available for those with an US Master degree or higher degree awarded at an US university.
This year US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that as of June 11, 2012, the cap of 65,000 H-1B visa petitions had been met for fiscal year 2013. In addition, the 20,000 petition cap for the advanced degree H-1B visa was met on June 7, 2012.
South Korean officials believe the amount falls far short of the growing need for H-1B visas to employ South Koreans in the US.
"South Korea's goal is to have a separate yearly quota of about 15,000," the source said. "The problem is that Congress is focused on other issues. It appears to have no room to handle the visa issue this year. South Korea expects the matter to be resolved next year."
If you would like to apply for a US visa WorkPermit.com can help. WorkPermit.com is a specialist visa consultancy with over twenty years of experience dealing with visa applications. We can help with a wide range of visa applications to your country of choice. Please feel free to contact us for further details.