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Data from USCIS shows declining approvals and higher rates of requests for evidence (RFEs) for several key employer-sponsored nonimmigrant categories

  1. Date Announced

    Jan. 2, 2019

    New data from USCIS shows the following: 1. Between FY 2015 and FY 2018, the rate of approvals fell and the rate of requests for evidence rose for H-1B, L-1, TN and O petitions filed at USCIS Service Centers. 2. H-1B employers in the IT consulting industry saw higher than average denial rates, consistent with increasingly stringent policies at USCIS. 3. Though the rate of RFEs and denials has been increasing for several immigration categories since the Obama Administration, there was a significant uptick in the wake of the Trump Administration’s Buy American, Hire American executive order. [ID #545]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    Jan. 2, 2019
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Data and Reports
Agencies Affected: USCIS


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