The rejection rates for H-1B work visas has marked an enormous decrease for the top 10 companies in the quarter ended September 31, 2020, based on an analysis published by the United States immigration data.

The rejection rate decreased to 1.5 per cent from July until September, compared to 21 per cent in the previous nine months, VisaGuide.World reports.

Previously the National Foundation for American Policy concluded that even though the H-1B denial rates remained high compared to the previous year, the denial rate decreased during the third quarter of FY 2020.

The main reason for the decline was the new way the United States Immigration Services (USCIS) decided to select petitions for the annual H-1B lottery.

According to the National Foundation for American Policy, the rejection rates during the four-year term of Trump were higher than before, at:

  • 24 per cent in FY18
  • 21 per cent in FY19
  • 13 per cent in FY20

Visa extensions’ denial rates for existing employees were lower at 7 per cent in FY20 compared to 12 per cent in the past two years.

“The numbers show the high denial rates for H-1B petitions during the Trump administration were the result of unlawful policies, and once the courts stopped those policies, the H-1B denial rates went back to normal. The numbers tell the story,” NFAP’s Executive Director Stuart Anderson pointed out.

Only three Indian companies were included in the Top 10 recipients of new H-1B visas during the previous fiscal year.

The United States issues 85,000 new H-1B visas yearly, dedicated to technology companies and other fields such as architecture, layers, doctors, accountants etc.

Nearly 70 per cent of these kinds of visas are issued to India’s nationals, but first to persons working with American technology companies.

Former President of the United States, Donald Trump proposed a rule that required the selection of H-1B workers to consider the highest salary. However, when President Biden took office, he stressed that such a proposal should be frozen until March 21.