President Donald Trump’s vow to “Make America Great Again” has shattered dreams of several Indian techies as every fourth H-1B visa application has been rejected by the U.S. government this year. About 23% of new petitions seeking H1-B visas have been denied approval in the fiscal year 2019. In the US, a financial year runs from October to September.
Interestingly, according to a new report, the companies applying for the non-immigrant visa for its employees are not even challenging the decision of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to reject visas in such large numbers.
A report published by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), the employers of H-1B visa applicants failed to appeal against rejections 98% of the time in 2019. The CIS analyzed data from two different Department of Homeland Security data systems and found that there were 69,543 initial H-1B denials recorded, but only 1,395 cases were appealed against in the fiscal year 2019.
As per the report, there could primarily be two reasons for employer companies not appealing against H1B visa rejection. The first is that most companies think that they lack a good enough argument to fight against H-1B visa denial and the second is that the current population of H-1B workers, assumed to be close to one million, could be more than adequate for industry’s perceived needs.
Notably, Indian IT companies like Infosys, Wipro, and TCS are amongst the worst hit by visa denials. Indian IT professionals top the list of H-1B visa holders as about 70% of them are from India.
Who Needs H1B Visa?
People from outside the United States require an H1B visa to get a job in the country. The non-immigrant Visa is designed to allow U.S. employers to employ foreign nationals in specialty occupations for a specified period of time. The visa is initially granted for up to three years, but may then be extended to a maximum of six years.
The H1B visa is issued for a specialty occupation that requires theoretical and practical application of a body of specialized knowledge and requires the visa holder to have at least a Bachelors’s degree or its equivalent. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services sets a limit on how many H1B visas are issued each year. The limit is placed at 65,000. An additional 20, 000 H1B visas are issued for qualified people who have completed a Masters’ degree from the US.
According to the CIS, a company saves at least $10,000 to $20,000 a year roughly from hiring an H-1B worker, rather than a US citizen. In recent years, the number of H-1B visa applications from different countries has increased manifold.
Family & Dependants
As far as family is concerned, H-1B visa holders can bring their spouse and children less than 21 years of age to the US under the H-4 Visa category as dependents. An H4 Visa holder is allowed to remain in the US as long as the H-1B visa holder remains in legal status. While an H-4 visa holder is not eligible to work in the US. However, they may attend school, obtain a driver’s license and open a bank account while in the US.
H1B Visa Application
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