DHS to Hand Out More H-1B Visas in Response to Coronavirus Shutdown

According to Breitbart, the Department of Homeland Security is seeking to expand its H-1B visa program for guest workers in the country in order to combat the economic slowdown due to the spread of the coronavirus.

Specifically, the DHS announced on Monday that it would decrease the use of “premium processing” in order to “reduce overall H-1B processing times.” Under premium processing, certain companies can pay a fee to take priority over other companies under consideration for H-1Bs, but the process takes longer to ultimately hand out the visas.

The DHS awards approximately 100,000 H1B visas per year, with 85,000 going to various companies to hire foreign workers, mostly from India, and another 15,000 going to non-profit groups such as universities and medical facilities.

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22).

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