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H-1B petitions rise reflects renewed interest in US, but rejection rate stays high

Based on the data by the, H-1B petitions saw a peak in FY2017 at 2.36 lakh for the cap of H-1B cap of 85,000. After the peak, the numbers dipped in the last two years as the Trump administration tightened the visa regulation. This includes increased scrutinisation of H-1B visa, request for additional documentation and rising rejections.

April 23, 2019 / 05:17 PM IST

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has received over two lakh H-1B applications for the season 2019-20, an increase of 10,000 petitions over that received by the agency last fiscal.

The application process started on April 1, 2019. For FY19, the petitions filed were 190,098.

Analysts believe the 5 percent increase in applications this year - after two years of decline - is a telling sign that the Indian IT industry, which is the biggest beneficiary of H-1B visa offered to skilled immigrants, is on a revival mode.

Rogelio Caceres, Co-Founder, LCR Capital Partner, an advisory firm, said, “There is a general increase in hiring activity and that is reflected in H-1B as well.” Caceres explained that there is a 20 percent increase in hiring activity in the IT sector.