H-1B DEMANDS STILL HIGH DESPITE DENIALS
April 15, 2019
The demand for H-1B visas is still high despite an alarming number of denials last cycle. The number of requested visas rose from 190k to 201k, an increase of roughly 6 percent. Many of the nation’s largest technology companies, such as Amazon and Google continue to rely heavily on skilled foreign workers to fill their ranks in the US.
The number of highly educated visa holders also continues to rise, with holders of advanced degrees making up a larger percentage of H-1B visas than in previous years. Some of that might be because advanced degree holders are eligible for certain cap exemptions, but it is likely also due to the fierce competition over the highly coveted visa.
The future of the visa program remains in doubt, however, with the current administration making frequent and dramatic changes due to an emphasis on encouraging domestic hiring. With denials rising as well, it is important for anyone considering an H-1B visa, or any US visa, to work with qualified legal professionals to navigate the administrative hurdles.