Even though many Indian IT companies in the US made several changes to their policies and even changed their ways of recruiting employers to their companies last year, these moves weren’t enough in order to attract skilled American workers to fill essential positions.
Last year, specific visa norms and other policies applied by the Trump administration led to a vast decrease of H-1B visa applicants, noted the most in the technology sector, which plays a significant role in the US Person in Specialty Occupation Visa, VisaGuide.World reports.
However, this year, the Indian IT sector’s interest in the H-1B visa program has marked a notable increase.
Besides, the approval rates for the H-1B visas issued by the US administration during the quarter to June and in the first three quarters of the United States financial year were 98.1 percent and 97 per cent, respectively, according to the figures provided by the Economic Times. Such statistics show that the approval rate in 2021 is significantly higher compared to 2018 and 2019 figures.
Based on an analysis published by the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP), the judicial decisions confirming the Trump’s administration involvement in unlawful actions as well as the amendments applied to restrictive immigration policies have led to a decrease in the H-1B visa denial rates for businesses from the fourth quarter of the fiscal year 2020.
“Due to the Trump administration’s losses in federal court, denial rates for H-1B petitions were much lower during the first two quarters of FY 2021 (most of which took place during the Trump administration) than during the same period in FY 2020,” the analysis published by NFAP showed.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) last year revoked two policy memos regarding the decisions of some H-1B visa positions following a settlement with the IT industry body, IT Serve Alliance.
The “Neufeld Memo,” which was used since 2010 but performed more strictly during the administration of President Trump, together with another memo, caused many difficulties for companies as well as applicants. Besides, these memos were considered the main reasons that led to an increase in the H-1B denial rates.
However, despite the increase in the number of H-1B approval rates, authorities in the US continue to ban all the companies whose employers are caught to have made a willful failure or a misrepresentation of a material fact attestation.
Recently, the US Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour published the list of debarred or disqualified employers under the H-1B visa program. In addition, the same Department clarified that the following employers are banned for a specific period by DOL under the H-1B visa program:
- Azimetry Inc
- Cloudpoint Systems Inc
- How We Fund It Inc
- Kimberley Fisher
- Mudiam Inc
- Reddy Rameswar
- Business Intelligence Solutions Inc
- Visionsoft International Inc
- Open Access Technology International Inc
- Paragon Skydive LLC
- Next Generation Technology Inc
- Invensys Inc
Through the H-1B visa, internationals engaged in specific fields such as technology, architecture, law, etc., can temporarily work in the United States if they meet specific requirements. US authorities issue 65,000 H-1B visas as well as another 20,000 visas each year in order to reach the Congressionally-mandated cap.