Saturday, September 23, 2017

Q&A: What will be the chances of immigrating to the USA in 2022-23 on a H-1B visa?

An interesting question came to me via an online forum:

What will be the chances of immigrating to the USA in 2022-23 on a H-1B visa? Currently I am in BTech 1st yr and wish to settle in the USA in about 6 years.




Thanks for asking. Let me start by admitting I don’t have a crystal ball


…. and even my wildest SWAG is not likely to be a Scientific wild-ass guess. So, let me start with the information you have given:

  1. You are in BTech 1st yr
  2. You wish to “settle in the USA in about 6 years”
  3. Are wondering “what will be the chances of getting immigrated to the USA in 2022-23 on a H-1B visa?”
As of mid 2017, the western nations and their leaders are getting to be much more vocal about nationalism and protectionism.



US Congress and President Trump are at loggerheads over a lot of issues…. but Immigration reform is one area that will be reviewed during this term. Why? Because it is about jobs and economy. Such ‘reforms’ will certainly include scrutiny of the popular H1 and L1 work Visas.

One can only guess if these visas will continue in the same shape and form till 2022 and beyond. Given all this, what would I do if I were young and impressionable youngster like you? I would seriously revisit my stated goal of trying to “settle in the USA in about 6 years on a H-1B visa” What does this mean?

  • Focus on getting the best education one can: in your case, try to graduate at the top of your class/university.
  • During the next few years, firm up your career and academic goals to pursue
Keep in mind that immigration, migrating and ‘settling in the USA’ is not a primary goal, but rather may (or may not) be a byproduct of all this!