More H-1B visas are accepted
The US has approved a higher number of H-1B applications(both for initial visas and visa extension for continued employment) in 2019, showing that the demand for these work visas continues to be strong.
While in 2015, about 288,000 applications were approved by USCIS, for the fiscal year 2019, the number passed 389,0000, up from last year's 335,000.
Data also shows that USCIS continued scrutiny of H-1B applications. RFEs were sought in 40% of cases from sponsoring employers to justify the visa applications. It is said that the top three reasons for an RFE are
- to ascertain whether the job is a specialty occupation to warrant the hiring of the H-1B worker
- to ascertain a bona fide employer-employee relationship
- to ascertain the availability of work at the third-party worksite