Immigrant rights activists in Illinois and throughout the country are lamenting the fact that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is continuing its recent pattern of high denial rates for H-1B Visa applicants. One report shows that highly-skilled workers with job offers from top companies are faring no better than other applicants.
The Trump administration has been consistent in its efforts to make things a bit tough for companies who want to use the immigration system to find the educated or skilled workers they need. The hope for employers and H-1B applicants is that a recent court settlement will pave the way for more application approvals soon.
The National Foundation for American Policy uncovered some interesting facts when it analyzed immigration data regarding H-1B Visa applications for initial employment over the second quarter of 2020. First, the study revealed that the top 25 employers of H-1B visa applicants all experienced higher denial rates over 2020’s second quarter for applicants than they did five years ago.
The denial rates for 20 of the 25 companies were 10 percentage points or higher than in 2015. Companies like Google and Cisco were part of this group.
The companies that experienced the highest denial rates were those that provide American companies with information technology. The denial rates for these companies are high enough to deduce that USCIS uses an independent set of criteria to evaluate applicants working in the information technology field. The denial rates for H-1B visas over the second quarter for 10 major information technology companies were more than 20 percentage points higher than was the norm five years ago.
The denial rates for the top companies requesting H-1B work talent in 2015 ranged between 1% and 5%. More than 60% of the top 25 companies had denial rates of 2% or less.
The political environment surrounding immigration services in the United States has made an already complicated situation that much more difficult to figure out. Individuals with questions about visa requirements or other aspects of the immigration system may find the answers they need by reaching out to an attorney.