According to the current data released by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the rate of approval of H-1B visas has plunged from 96% to 85% in the past 3 years; and now the reason is well known. According to an Associated Press report on the data, Specialized skilled immigrants said that it’s either their visas are denied or delayed for a long time because the government is seeking for proof that the work they are applying is worthy of being issued a visa. The US administration has really come down hard on this visa programme. The requests for evidence by the government, thereby causing delays in the visa processes, have risen to 60% since 2015 as against 35% 3 years ago – considered then as high. Sarah Pierce is a policy expert for a Migration Policy Institute based in Washington DC, and according to her, the effectiveness of Trump’s administration effort with regards to limiting the number of applications received from consulting companies abroad is shown in the data released. Between 2017 and 2018, there has been a reduction in the number of approved H-1B visa petitions for consulting companies abroad. “The Trump administration is really hitting them, which is indeed their target”, she said. According to the Pew Research Centre, businesses in Dallas-Fort Worth are the most effective users of the program, followed by those in Silicon Valley. Business in D-FW, as well as tech-related firms, see the H-1B visa scheme as an anchor which they rely on to recruit highly skilled workers for their continued operation. The PEW report also showed that between 2010 and 2016, 74,000 H-1B visas were received by employers in Dallas-Fort Worth. D-FW is a top job creator even far ahead of some nations, and it partially depends on skilled foreign workers to carry out those jobs. In 2018, employers throughout the country were in search of qualified workers to fill about 6.7 million job openings.
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