The US in a statement released on its Nigerian embassy website said Nigerians will be required to pay a visa issuance fee or reciprocity fee for all non-immigrant under the B, F, H1B
, I, L, and R classifications.
According to the statement, Nigerians will be required to pay a fee called visa 'issuance fee', or 'reciprocity fee', for all applications for nonimmigrant visas in B, F, H1B
, I, L, and R visa classifications.
Thursday's statement was in response to media reports which suggested that the US was considering capping H1B
visas issued each year for different countries, with the proposed annual quota for Indian companies to be around 10 to 15 per cent.
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Pai said 2018 saw "H1B
visa situation getting tougher," Indian companies focusing more on Japan and Southeast Asia, massive expansion of captives and buy-backs by big companies.
Human resources consultant Balram Manji said Oman's latest labour law update to spur nationalisation is not unlike programmes implemented in the US to promote domestic employment, adding: "The immigration laws in many first-world nations are now being tightened and it is becoming more difficult to emigrate to many countries, because they realise that they need to give priority to their people." According to Times of Oman , Manji said that the US's "scaling back" of the popular American H1B
visa programme is "the best example" of worldwide efforts to promote local employment.
"If you look at the US and the scaling back of their H1B
visa programme, that is the best example." With the government also looking to add more jobs to the existing workforce through its Tanfeedh programme of economic expansion, young Omanis such as Mazin Al Balushi, who recently set up his own business, said that young Omanis now needed jobs, adding that many of his friends were fresh graduates.
In fact, some of the Trump policies may end up helping China, including the effort by the White House to restrict the flow of H1B
visa holders from coming to the US and having their family members also find jobs.
On the business representation side, Young is trying to stay on top of immigration policy changes happening by executive order, such as the travel ban, and repercussions for highly skilled workers coming to the U.S., such those under the H1B
As the Department of Labor ("DOL") ramps up its audits, it is also crucial that employers sponsoring H1B
workers for employment have their Public Access Files ("PAF") in order.