The H-1B visa denial rates for some of India’s top IT services companies have marked a decrease in the first months of the fiscal year 2021, compared to the previous financial year.
According to a recent analysis published by the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP), the changes to restrictive immigration policies have positively impacted H-1B denial rates for businesses, starting from the fourth quarter of FY 2020.
NFAP has stressed that judicial decisions that showed the Trump administration’s involvement in unlawful actions, including enacting unlawful policies that caused difficulties for employers, have led to such a situation, VisaGuide.World reports.
“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 statement published by NFAP reads.
The Person in Specialty Occupation Visa or H-1B visa permits internationals interested in fields such as architecture, law, technology, etc., to temporary work in the United States.
In April this year, the United States Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it received enough requests during the initial registration period to reach the 2022 fiscal year cap for the H-1B visa.
In the first two quarters of FY 2021, from October 1 last year to March 31 this year, the denial rate for H-1B petitions for initial employment was 7.1 percent, while the denial rate in the first two quarters of FY 2020 was 28.6 percent before the changes applied in the polices.
According to the analysis, a decrease in the denial rates started to be noted in 2020. For example, soon after the policies changed, the denial rate for new Speciality Occupation Visa petitions for initial employment was 1.5 percent in the fourth quarter of FY 2020, which shows that such figures are much lower compared to the denial rate of 21 percent registered in the first three quarters of FY 2020, also more down compared to the 15 percent denial rate in the fourth quarter of FY 2019.
The fourth quarter of the fiscal year 2020 started on July 1, 2020, after the USCIS launched a new policy memo while it withdrew the memo “contracts and itineraries.”