10% Drop in H1B Visa Approvals in 2018, Say US Authorities

The approval rate of H1B declined from 93 per cent in 2017 to 85 per cent in 2018.

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Many Indians studying or working in America, are now returning home due to the unstable nature of the H1B policy under Trump. 
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The year 2018 registered a sharp 10 percent decline in the approval of H1B visa, which is popular among highly-skilled Indian IT professionals, according to the US authorities.

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approved 335,000 H1B visas, which included both new and renewable, in the fiscal year 2018.

This was 10 percent less from 373,400 in the previous fiscal year of 2017, according to the USCIS’s annual statistical report.

The approval rate of H1B declined from 93 per cent in 2017 to 85 per cent in 2018.

"This administration has aggressively pursued strategies to clamp down on use of the H1B programme, and these efforts are now showing in the data," Migration Policy Institute analyst Sarah Pierce was quoted as saying by The Mercury News.

For the first six months of this fiscal year, the overall H1B approval rate for new and continuing visas continued to plummet to 79 per cent by the end of March, down from 85 per cent last year, the daily reported.

The H1B visa programme is the main vehicle through which US employers can sponsor skilled foreign workers for admission.

According to the latest statistical annual report, in 2018, the USCIS completed 396,300 H1B application as against 403,300 in 2017. In 2018, 396,300 H1B beneficiary petitions were processed, which is 13 per cent more over the five fiscal years and two per cent less from 2017, the report said.

In 2018, the USCIS completed 850,000 naturalisation requests, a five year high and granted 1.1 million green cards.

The H1B visa, popular among Indian IT professionals, is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise.

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