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Old April 8th, 2019, 01:18 PM
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Exclamation The mad rush for H-1B visa seems to be dying down

The mad rush for H-1B visa seems to be dying down

Despite the changes in rules, the strict enforcement of the H1B visa rules, the non-immigrant visa category cap was reached within days for the year 2020.



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The gold rush for the most sought-after American work visa appears to be losing pace.

Four days after H-1B applications for financial year 2020 opened, authorities were still not certain if they have met the annual cap of 85,000 visa applications for the year.

On April 06, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it had reached the congressionally-mandated cap of 65,000 visas in the regular category. However, the federal agency was still determining whether it has “received a sufficient number of petitions to meet the 20,000 H-1B visas in the US advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap.”

This means the H-1B caps are filling up slower than earlier. By the same time last year and the year before, the upper limit had been breached.

The fewer applications this year can be attributed to the overall hostile environment for working immigrants under the Donald Trump administration, experts say.

There is a “chilling effect on employers from these attacks in the last two years. When employers need foreign talent but cannot rely on it being approved, it creates uncertainty, drives up costs, and makes us less competitive as a nation in these specialty occupations,” Hassan Ahmad, an immigration lawyer and advocate in Northern Virginia, told Quartz. “The talent in this knowledge economy is there, and it will continue to migrate elsewhere if we don’t start employing common sense and depoliticise immigration.”

The perpetual rush
Earlier, when the cap used to be higher at 195,000, employers took their time to apply. But that changed in 2004 when the cap was brought down to 65,000.

An overwhelming race then ensued from a mix of new and old applicants. The computer randomly allots 20,000 visas to advanced degree holders first. Then, those who are left out are added to the pool with undergraduates, and another 65,000 visas are doled out.

“For the past few years, hundreds of thousands of potential high-quality H-1B visa holders haven’t been selected for the lottery. So, they apply again the following year. This, in addition to new immigrants becoming eligible for H-1B, makes the caps fill faster,” explained Rohit Mittal, co-founder and CEO of Stilt, a company that facilitates loans for immigrants, non-US citizens, international students and other visa holders. “Also, several consulting companies file for more H-1Bs than they really need.”

Since 2014, the cap has filled within five days of opening. In order to “avoid missing the opportunity and having to wait another year,” employers submit their petitions exactly when the cap opens, according to Richard Burke, CEO of global immigration firm Envoy.

After all, companies are still keen as ever to apply. Despite Trump’s clampdown, 80% of the employers expect their foreign national headcount to increase or remain stable this year, according to Envoy’s 2019 Immigration Trends Report.

This year’s slowdown
Though the exact number of petitions has not yet been revealed, the figures have been trending downwards since Trump took office in January 2017.

This year, too, experts expect a lower number.

“…there was a decline in the number of student visa applications to the States which should impact the number of H-1B visa applications being filed this year,” said Abhinav Lohia, director of south Asia and Middle East at EB-5 investor via firm CanAm Investor Services.

According to a survey conducted by the Institute of International Education, enrollment of first-time international students fell an average of 7% in fall 2017 from a year ago across 522 US institutions.

Plus, with the government stepping up scrutiny, doling out more requests for evidence (RFEs) and outright denials than before, employers are shying away from going through the entire $1,410 application process. Although they do get their money back, it’s time-consuming and costly.

“While Trump doesn’t play a direct role in decision-making, the government’s attitudes and internal memos have a lot of bearing on the way visa applications are adjudicated,” said Lohia.”When the petitions are overly scrutinised and denied it definitely discourages employers from hiring foreign nationals.”

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Old April 8th, 2019, 01:28 PM
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Re: The mad rush for H-1B visa seems to be dying down

Right now, the green card backlog is just unbelievable. Most who came here on H1B long ago went for the next step - the green card. That was the progression of coming here, working here and then living here as you have built a life around it all. Nothing wrong.

Now, with change in politics, H1B has become less attractive as getting a employment based green card is just not possible in a realistic time frame. Earlier, when I got the Green Card, the average wait was 3 years at most start to finish. Now its more than a decade. So definitely people wanting to come and build a career here are not going to think of coming here as there is no green card at the end of the rainbow.

But offcourse, one state from India, is still very keen on coming here on whichever visa and committing all kinds of fraud to continue living here. (Just search the recent threads about such scams.. fake universities, .... )
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Re: The mad rush for H-1B visa seems to be dying down

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Re: The mad rush for H-1B visa seems to be dying down

Why are Indians not smart? If they want GC, they have to marry a GC holder or American, so simple. Marry Nepali girl or boy and get GC within months, most of them are Hindu, if that's one of the criteria. Why marry with desi and both suffer?
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Re: The mad rush for H-1B visa seems to be dying down

^^ For that, you should see this 1-language, 2-state person. I mean, who will marry them
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Re: The mad rush for H-1B visa seems to be dying down

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Why are Indians not smart? If they want GC, they have to marry a GC holder or American, so simple. Marry Nepali girl or boy and get GC within months, most of them are Hindu, if that's one of the criteria. Why marry with desi and both suffer?
Is a GC that important that you 'marry for convenience' of getting it?

That is a pathetic outlook to life. But hey, to each his own.

And, I don't know what is it with the folks from this '1 language 2 states' but I see these guys hanging on to crappy jobs like restaurant servers, gas station attendants despite having qualifications like engineering, software engineer, etc.

I understand that everyone wants a better life. In their case - more money, status, prestige of being in 'phoren' and all that. But what is life if you have to do all such crazy almost illegal things to get the GC.

It's not like they have to return to some shithole. I have lived here for so long and then I went back to India for 5 years. I lived and worked there. Yes, there are differences, but its not bad. I can easily go back if I have to ... The 5 years was for personal reasons but it also provided a good test to see if one can survive back home. I say, yes you can.

I am not saying all go back, or dont come here. But just saying that it's not worth getting so desperate. There are other western countries one can go to and immigrate legally. Canada, New Zealand, etc
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Re: The mad rush for H-1B visa seems to be dying down

Most people would happily have married white Americans if they could.
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Re: The mad rush for H-1B visa seems to be dying down

^^ Yes, but would the white Americans happily marry 1-language 2-state guys Have you ever looked at one
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^^ Yes, but would the white Americans happily marry 1-language 2-state guys Have you ever looked at one
Not everyone can, so i suggested Nepali, next consideration could be mexicans.
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Is a GC that important that you 'marry for convenience' of getting it?

That is a pathetic outlook to life. But hey, to each his own.
Certainly better than overstaying, faking resumes, doing illegal stuff just to make quick buck.
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Re: The mad rush for H-1B visa seems to be dying down

USCIS received 201,011 H-1B petitions during the filing period, which began April 1, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption.

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USCIS received 201,011 H-1B petitions during the filing period, which began April 1, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption.

Somebody said mad rush over h-1b visa is dying down
What you say is true, but see this now.

US turned down a third of all H-1B visa requests in first quarter of 2019
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Re: The mad rush for H-1B visa seems to be dying down

USCIS has got sued by people for wrong rejections. I think with frequent changes in policies, they are finding hard to cope up with training people. Also, people are now more inclined to take them to court if they feel they have a solid case.
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Looks like Infosys and all others who have this 'we will be the computer coolies for you' business model are having this new problem.

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Infosys blames H-1B visa denials for high attrition

Infosys' attrition at the end of the fourth quarter had jumped more than 18% on a standalone annualised basis, as compared to 16.6% in the same period last year, and 17.8% in the third quarter.


IT giant Infosys recently blamed the denial of H-1B visas by United States (US) for part of its growing employee attrition and said that it would introduce a "new value proposition" to help retain employees.

Indian IT companies are faced with myriad administrative impediments in applying for new visas as well as extending the existing ones after the US tightened its visa rules to favour applicants with master's degrees, The Economic Times reported.

According to an analysis of data from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services by the US think tank Centre for Immigration Studies in March, six Indian companies - Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Wipro, Cognizant, and the US arms of Tech Mahindra as well as HCL Tech - accounted for nearly two-thirds of H-1B visa rejections amongst the top 30 companies. The data said that Infosys got the most visa rejections - as many as 2,042 in 2018.


The six Indian IT firms got 16% (2,145), of H-1B work permits, which is less than the 2,399 visas Amazon got in 2018.

Infosys' attrition at the end of the fourth quarter had jumped more than 18% on a standalone annualised basis, as compared to 16.6% in the same period last year, and 17.8% in the third quarter.

The company's Chief Operating Officer (COO) UB Pravin told reporters at a press conference on Friday that Infosys was facing higher employee attritions in the three-five years experience bracket in India and two-three year experience bracket in the US.

The company's attrition rate has been high for the past quarters. "For a lot of people in the three-five (experience) bracket in India, the value proposition in the past has been onsite opportunities," Rao said. "Now, with visa restrictions that is not happening. We have to create a new value proposition," he added.

Rao further said that Infosys had started undertaking measures to cut attrition, however, it will take a few quarters to have any kind of effect on the same. The company has initiated milestone-based increments, and incentives mapped to digital skill certifications.

Meanwhile, he also said that checking attrition was not just about giving increments and raises, but also giving the employees opportunities and weaving a new narrative around some of these initiatives to enable them on their career progression.

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