FAQ: US Relaxes H-1B Visa Restrictions, But Will I Be Allowed?

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The United States has relaxed a slew of restrictions on the entry of non-immigrants holding H-1B visas for healthcare professionals working on COVID-19, individuals critical to US foreign policy, those resuming employment at the same position with the same employer and for specialists whose travel is necessary to the economic recovery of the country.

I am a researching on COVID-19 in the US, will I be allowed?

Yes, H1-B visa restrictions have been diluted for public health, healthcare professionals and researchers who are working to alleviate the effects of COVID-19. This includes health professionals and researchers who may not directly work on COVID-19, but are helping out with other areas of concern that have been directly impacted by the pandemic.

What if I have contractual obligations?

If a US government agency or an entity has requested for the travel of individuals who are critical to US foreign policy or to satisfy treaty or contractual obligations, the said person would be allowed in. This includes individuals performing research, offering IT support who have been identified by the department of Defence or any other US government agency.

Can I return to the same position with a different employer?

No, the new guidelines clearly say that only those resuming employment in the US in the same position with the same employer will be allowed in.

Who else will be allowed in?

Technical specialists, senior-level managers and other workers whose travel is necessary to the immediate and continued economic recovery of the US will be allowed in.

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