- This is the last chance for 68,000 Indian techies on OPT
- About 20 to 24 thousand of them are IT employees of Telugu states
- If an H1B visa is not received before the expiration of the three-year OPT, it will be revoked
- Admission again in MS or PhD .. or whatever
- Techies worried about getting a visa this time too
Almost 68,000 Indian software workers who go to the US and complete higher education and work with the Optional Practical Training (OPT) qualification are now spending sleepless nights. This is because the OPTI for three years is due to be completed by this year. This is the last chance for software engineers who have already lost their H1B visa twice.
The alternative is to return to the home country if you have not yet obtained a visa or re-enter the university (if all qualify) or do another course in MS. The vast majority of those who are in financial difficulties are reluctant to rejoin MS. If there is no visa, there is no other option but to go back to India. Those who went for higher education in the US in 2015–16 are now facing visa issues. Experts say that the number of people going to higher education since 2014 has doubled.
The US grants H1B visas to 85,000 people annually to work in the computer industry. However, the number of people applying for H1B visas from India and higher education has crossed the lakh mark in 2016. New York-based H1B affairs attorney Neil A Weinrich estimates the number of Indians will cross 1.5 lakh this year. It is not surprising that the number of Indian software engineers applying for the H1B visa in the next two years exceeds two lakhs and only 65 to 70,000 of them will be granted visas.