According to a study, in the third quarter of 2019-2020, the rejection rate of the H1-B has increased significantly. The US administration led by President Donald Trump has made it harder for the Indian techies to get a job in the States. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has rejected a considerably higher number of applications this year showing a three times increment from 6 per cent in 2015 to 24 per cent in 2019.
A notable hit was taken by the technology firms in India as the H1-B covered a major part of these companies. According to the analysis, the denial rates in the IT companies have been as high as 30 per cent in the first three quarters of 2019-20. These rates never crossed 7 per cent until 2015-16.
This sudden increase in the denials is considered to be a result of an increase in the legal standards by the USCIS and there seems to have been lack of evidence in the rejected applications.
Indian tech giants Cognizant, Wipro, Accenture, Infosys and Capgemini who have about 70 per cent of the H1-B visa holders, have been devastated with these high rejection rates. However, the effects of the rejection rates are not limited to the Indian talent being hired, but the profits of the company will take a hit as well.