Is USCIS Targeting Outsourcing Companies from India? Read the Numbers
The Protectionist policy that the Trump administration has adopted from the beginning is now evident in the rising number of rejections faced by several H1-B petitioners from IT outsourcing companies. The skew in balance is in comparison to petitions generated by tech giants within the US like Google, Apple and Facebook who had 99% approval rates with their H1-B petitions.
The question being raised is if there is a link between approval rates for primary H1-B applying companies vs. outsourcers from the most dominant player – India? The spotlight is on companies like Infosys, Cognizant and Tata Consultancy Services. They have seen a steady decline in approval rates in the past year and are gearing up for the oncoming H1-B season starting in a month. For the ones that did get through the visa lottery, the majority received a request for evidence (RFE), indefinitely delaying the process. Could USCIS be strategically picking on Outsourcing companies? Here are the numbers for us to evaluate:
With denials doubling in the past six months and the rate of new H1-B visas as well as extending foreign work visa applications from tech firms reducing over time, it will be interesting to see how the on-coming H1-B season pans out in April this year. Is the slanting trend in favor of US companies going to continue or will it make the tech industry here in the US less competitive? Stay tuned to this space to find out more as the season fast approaches.