An H-1B visa is an employment-based, non-immigrant visa for temporary workers in specialty occupations. There is an annual limit of 85,000 H-1B visas for highly educated and skilled foreign workers with specialized knowledge. With over 300,000 applicants in the annual visa lottery and a U.S. labor shortage, there is high demand in the business and tech industries for H-1B visa holders. The denial rate of the 85,000 workers drawn from the annual H-1B visa lottery dropped to pre-Trump levels and a record low 4% in 2021, 3 years after reaching a record high in 2018:
• 24% in fiscal year 2018
• 21% in fiscal year 2019
• 13% in fiscal year 2020
• 4% in fiscal year 2021
A report from the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) found that the Trump administration’s anti-immigration policies “denial rate for new H-1B petitions for initial employment in FY 2021 dropped to 4%, far lower than the denial rate of 24% in FY 2018, 21% in FY 2019 and 13% in FY 2020 managed to carry out what judges determined to be unlawful policies for nearly four years, and the policies imposed significant costs on employers, visa holders and the U.S. economy, likely contributing to more work and talent moving to other countries.”
A business immigration lawyer works with both employers who want to hire skilled foreign workers and foreign nationals who want to come to the United States to work temporarily or permanently. Contact Godoy Law Office at 630-912-0322. Godoy Law Office serves the entire Chicago, Illinois area including DuPage, Cook, Kane, Will and Lake Counties.
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