The novel “Coronavirus” has now spread to over 50 countries internationally and certain countries are taking immigration-related measures to attempt to control or slow the outbreak of the virus. The Coronavirus is affecting the ability for people to travel around the globe for business or work purposes, especially those requiring immigration permissions to enter their intended country of travel. This information is quickly changing as more countries start to develop their own in-country immigration policy restrictions and guidance.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on Friday that it had completed a pilot program to test its new H-1B registration system. Companies seeking to file H-1B petitions in this year’s H-1B lottery must first pay the required fee and provide basic company information, as well as information about each beneficiary to be included in the electronic lottery.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, jobs in the computer and information technology is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations — adding about 557,100 new jobs. However, technology companies are finding there’s a shortage of local skilled labor to fill these positions.