From April, the filings of H-1B visa for FY2020 will be accepted by the US.
Normally, this period is greeted with excitement and displeasure on the other hand because only a few employees get nominated. But since 2017, this happiness has been replaced by uncertainty as the administration of Donald Trump have tightened the regulations governing visa, and this has resulted in more rejection and mass emigration of Indians from the United States.
As such, the grand American dream and the H-1B visa slowly began to lose its charm.
A project manager in a prominent IT company located in India, Karthikeyan Palanisamy said that the desire of obtaining an H-1B visa has 99.9% negativity, as individuals are no longer enthused with the prospect of being nominated for an H-1B visa due to the negativity surrounding it.
Rejected applications have risen in number
Statistics gotten from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) shows that in the last quarter of 2018, about 60% of companies that applied for a visa for foreign workers, were requested for more information. This is compared to 28% and 46% in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Approval rates for 2018 last quarter dropped to 75% as against 83% and 92% in 2017 and 2016 respectively.
Again, changes in the visa rules are set by the USCIS every few months. Hence, companies are decreasing the numbers of the nominations for H-1B, and even the employees are not even enthused about getting one due to the complications.
A project manager said that while about 10,000 – 15,000 nominations were always witnessed years back, this year is likely to have only 3,000 nominations and even at that, there is uncertainty about those who will get a visa and those who will actually travel if they did get the visa.
Therefore, the existing visa holders in the country are being utilized by the companies, rather than wasting resources. This is an advantage for those in the US as demand is high, but the supply of talents is low especially in Machine learning, cloud, and Artificial intelligence.
Apart from all these, the IT employees are no longer interested in working in the country anymore; hence, they are now looking for a non-US visa which they consider less stressful.
H-1B Visa Process Trivia
For H-1B visa, there is a cap of 20,000 for Master’s (only eligible for US Masters) and 65,000 for regular quota respectively.
H-1B papers filings begin from 1st April 2019. Once filed, the H-1B petitions are processed through a lottery process where the H-1B employees are chosen, though changes have been made recently to the processes of selection.
The processing fee, as of FY2018, for one H-1B visa varies between $1,600 and $7,400, with attorney fees in addition.
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