A U.S. district court judge, Faith Hochberg in New Jersey rules in favor of new US grads extension of student visas. With limited 85,000 H1-B visas out of which only 20,000 H1-B’s are allocated for students which forces other new grads go out of status and eventually forces them to leave the US. H1-B’s have become a lottery where odds are very less these days to get an H1-B visas in the lottery.
Homeland Security extended 12 months to 29 months for students visas to convert to H1-B as they can stay in US and work during that period and until they get H1-B visa.
The Programmers Guild, a strong advocate against the H1-B visa program filed this suit. The wage depression argument is over ruled by the judge indicating lack of proper evidence. Programmers Guild from time to time filed many discrimination complaints against H-1B employers.
This is good news for all student graduates with F1 visas now that they can get more breathing time until they convert their F1 visas to H1-B.