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Higher Percentage of H-1B Denials This November Compared to Last Year

Recent data provided by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) indicated a higher rate of H-1B visa application denials last November compared to the same month last year. This after the full scale of the Trump Administration’s stricter immigration policies are being implemented on the premise of curtailing work programs for foreign workers taking American jobs. Out of 30,445 H-1B applications, 17.6 percent were denied by the government in November. In comparison to November 2016, only 7.7 percent of 30,161 H1-B applications were denied. In addition, more than half of the applications received “requests for evidence” from the USCIS asking for additional evidence from employers that the prospective workers are deserving of the job, making the approval of applications more difficult.

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