A US federal agency responsible for the approval of H-1B work visas has returned all the H-1B petitions that were not selected in the computer generated lottery system in April.
The US Citizenship and immigration Services on Tuesday said that it has returned all the unselected H-1B petitions for the fiscal year 2019, beginning October 1, and were submitted to it in April.
The congressional mandated cap of 65,000 H-1B visas and another 20,000 in the advanced degree categories were reached within the first five days after USCIS started accepted H-1B applications in April.
On April 6, USCIS recieved 94,213, H 1-B petitions in the general category and 95885 in the advanced degree category, as a result of which the federal agency resorted to a computerised draw of lots to select the successful applicants, petitions those not selected have now been returned.
In another development that has come to light is that the US President Donald Trump said he would be willing to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani with no pre-conditions as tension between the two countries climb following the US president’s decision to withdraw from a 2015 nuclear deal.
Trump said, “I would certainly meet with Iranian President if he wanted to meet.” A joint press conference was held at White House in presence of Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, there Trump added that I do not know if they are ready. They are having a hard time.
The US leader cited his experience meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore last month as a sign of his willingness to help address concerns of war and peace.
Trump has said the summit that—the first ever between the leaders of the US and North Korea has fostered his goal of denuclearizing North Korea, though its unclear if Kim shares that commitment.