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US approves more H-1B visas in 2019 despite stricter scrutiny

By Bill at October 30, 2019 23:25
Filed Under: Immigration News
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 fiscal year 2019, the number passed 389,0000, up from last year's 335,000.

USCIS statistics from fiscal year 2015 - 2019, check page 3 for H-1B summary data

The above 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
  1. to ascertain whether the job is a speciality occupation to warrant hiring of H-1B worker
  2. to ascertain a bona fide employer-employee relationship
  3. to ascertain the availability of work at third party work site
Top 10 reasons for H-1B RFE-Request for Evidence

It is said that determination of whether a job is specialised or not is a factor that will continue to dominate the processing of H-1B visa application. For more information, please check H-1B knowledge base for more information.

Not all jobs are created equal!

Top 10 reasons for H-1B RFE-Request for Evidence

By Bill at March 11, 2019 18:08
Filed Under: Tips and Features, Visa Knowledge

A H-1B RFE(Request for Evidence) is an inquiry by the USCIS in order to request additional proof necessary to make a decisions pertaining to your H-1B petition. It can be for information about either the worker or the employer, or both, since USCIS must have proof of a valid employer-employee relationship.

From the time you receive the RFE through mail or email, you have 90 days to submit the appropriate documents and you should take great care to ensure that you are thorough in answering all inquiries.

Following are the top 10 reasons why USCIS may issue an RFE, in order from most to least common, that RFEs were issued in fiscal year 2018 for H-1B petitions. read detailed explanation.

1. Specialty Occupation
2. Employer-Employee Relationship
3. Availability of Work (Off-Site Work Cases)
4. Beneficiary Qualification
5. Maintenance of Status
6. Availability of Work (In-House Work Cases)
7. LCA Corresponds to Petition
8. AC 21 and 6-Year Limit
9. Itinerary
10. Fee

For more information about H-1B Visa REF, please read USCIS document: Understanding Requests for Evidence (RFEs): A Breakdown of Why RFEs Were Issued for H-1B Petitions in Fiscal Year 2018

U.S. employers are always looking for skilled workers, even in holiday seasons. Please polish your resume and update your career profiles regularly.