H1B visa news: H-1B visa denial rates at 30% for first quarter of FY20

Pune: Denial rates for H-1B visas were at 30 per cent for the first quarter of FY20, compared with 6 per cent in 2015 and 13 per cent in FY17, when Donald Trump took charge as US president.

IT service companies and consultancies, which normally place people at third-party locations, reported higher visa denial rates than US technology firms, as has been the case over the past few quarters. Cognizant (60 per cent), Infosys (59 per cent) and Deloitte (40 per cent) had the highest number of denials in the top 25 list.

According to analysis of US Citizenship and Immigration Services data by the National Foundation for American Policy, all the recent top 25 employers of new H-1B visa holders had higher denial rates for initial employment in the first quarter of FY20 than in FY15. They included Apple, Google and Facebook.

This data is for H-1B petitions for initial employment, or cases that count towards the annual limit. The denial rate for continuing employment petitions for the quarter was 10 per cent, still higher than the 3 per cent recorded in FY15.

“The Trump administration may try to achieve its goal of further restricting the ability of employers to hire high-skilled foreign nationals, even though the president has stated he supports ‘merit-based’ immigration and H-1B visa holders are the most highly educated foreign-born individuals admitted to the US,” said NFAP executive director Stuart Anderson, who served as executive associate commissioner for policy and planning and counsellor to the Commissioner of the INS in the George W. Bush administration.

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