May 31, 2016 9:54 pm | Updated 5 years ago.
A lawsuit has been filed by two business immigration groups enquiring about information on the H-1B visa distribution system. They also want detailed information about the functioning of the visa lottery system. This year the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) received about 236,000 H-1B new applications for a visa out of which only eighty –five thousand visas were granted under the current system. The visas are randomly granted by a lottery conducted by the state.
According to the US government, this is a computer generated process which allows the random selection of visas. The government, however, has not divulged the name of the software vendor nor is open about the entire selection procedure. The lawsuit filed does not mention any specific wrongdoing but wants that the procedure of granting visas should be made more transparent and open to inspection.
The lawsuit has been filed by the American Immigration Lawyers Associations (AILA) and the American Immigration Council (AIC) on May 20, seeking detailed record on the process for handling H-1B visas. In a recent announcement, President Obama’s administration has decided to make the system transparent for testing and auditing.
Date of Publication: May 24, 2016