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Fresh H-1B approval rates for Indian IT firms rise between July and September 2020: American think tank

The increase is attributed mainly to US court rulings that rescinded two unfavourable memos of 2010 and 2018, which had resulted in increased rejection rates between October 2019 and March 2020.

January 29, 2021 / 12:56 PM IST
 
 
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For India’s famed IT industry, it well could be goodbye Donald Trump, welcome President Joe Biden. Approval rates for fresh H-1B petitions skyrocketed for IT services in the July to September 2020 quarter, a dramatic shift from the sharp decline that the companies have been facing under the Trump administration, according to a report.

This increase in part is due to the US court ruling that rescinded the two memos that had resulted in increased rejection rates in June 2020.

The report by the US immigration think tank National Foundation for American Policy, revealed that denial rates for the fourth quarter ending September is less than 4 percent for IT companies, compared to denial rates as high as 58 percent these companies witnessed in the first three quarters. The United States Citizenship and Immigration and Services (USCIS) follow October to September for its fiscal.

 Clamp down of H-1B visas