This year, the United States approved more H-1B visas as demand for technology sector jobs increased. In the first quarter of this year, 98.1 percent of temporary work permits were approved. According to an Economic Times article, it was 97 percent in the first three quarters of the year, up from 84 percent in 2018 and 2019.
During Donald Trump‘s administration, the acceptance rate for the work permit fell as the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) denied a greater percentage of applications and requested extra supporting documentation. The USCIS invalidated two policy memoranda pertaining to the H-1B visa program in June 2020. Following a deal with an industry organization —ITServe Alliance — the papers were withdrawn. One of these requirements was that visa holders establish a specified employer-employee connection.
Higher H-1B approvals are due to a change in administration, the return of a deference policy, and the ITServe decision. According to analysts, the atmosphere for legal immigration has improved in the last six months. The immigration service frequently utilized this letter to deny visa requests from organizations that primarily work with technology enterprises. This letter was frequently utilized by the government to deny visa requests from companies that frequently deploy personnel to client sites. Due to a lack of applicants, the agency said in September that it may hold another draw for the following fiscal year.
Each year, around 70,000 H-1B visas are given to foreign Master’s students in the United States. Experts are urging a rethinking of the visa procedure in order to reach the quota.
Previously, USCIS said that it will hold a second lottery for H-1B applicants, clearing the door for a bigger cohort of talented Indian workers who did not make the cut in the first lottery. The second round of filings will begin on August 2, 2021, and end on November 3, 2021.
In May, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) publicly annulled a regulation that would have limited off-site placement of H-1B personnel and raised employer duties, according to the US legal immigration office. The vacated interim final rule (IFR) issued by Trump in October 2020 aimed to change the definitions of ‘third-party worksite,’ ‘employer-employee relationship,’ and ‘specialty occupation,’ which would have severely impacted companies’ ability to obtain H-1B visas for employees working at third-party locations in the United States.
(Source – ET Now)