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US to reinstate old visa renewal process, plans to start pilot project for H-1B visa holders this year

  Washington: Keeping in mind the troubles for American visas, the Biden administration is going to restore the 'domestic visa revalidation' process for some special categories like H-1B and L-1 visas. It is planned to start this year under the pilot project. This will benefit thousands of foreign tech workers, especially Indians. Until 2004, special categories of non-immigrant visas such as the H-1B could only be renewed in the US. After that, for foreign tech workers, it began to happen outside of the US, mostly in their own countries. Previously, H-1B visa holders needed to travel outside the US to renew their visas, when they wanted to travel outside the US and re-enter the US. H-1B visa restamping is currently not allowed in the US. This can only be done at any US Consulate. For this one has to go outside America. This was a big inconvenience for foreign employees, especially at a time when the visa waiting time is more than 800 days. H-1B visas are issued for three years at a time. It may be mentioned that a day ago, the US has announced the end of the backlog for Indian visa applicants.