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Less H1-B employment visa applications are getting approved now

A new report published by the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) reflects that over 200,000 highly skilled workers with job offers in hand with U.S. employers were either flat out denied a work visa in 2017. Only some of them were given an opportunity to provide the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office with additional information so that their applications could be reconsidered.

Nearly 85,000 of the applications received were H-1B visas were flat out refused. Just over 125,000 were responded to with a Request for Evidence. It was back on April 18, 2017 that President Donald Trump signed the "Buy American and Hire American" executive order making the approvals of employment visa applications started to dwindle. Denials were as high as 41 percent last year.

Trump's advisers have apparently encouraged USCIS officials to become more discriminate in approving H-1B applications. They've apparently asked them to do this despite the fact that history has shown that having engineers and scientists come to the country from abroad is actually good for it.

Those currently working in the U.S. on H-1B visas are apparently not safe to remain here either. In many cases, when their applications come up for renewal, they're being denied. Also, USCIS has reportedly been ordered to rescind offers of visas previously extended to their spouses.

The time needed to process H-1B applications has also apparently gotten longer and more expensive. Currently, applicants wait as long as six months and pay as much as $5,000 for processing. This has led many attorneys to urge their clients to avoid filing unless cases seem pretty clear cut.

Making sense of what type of visa that you should apply for can be difficult. Knowing what to include with your application to support your case that will hopefully give you the best chance of it being approved is even more difficult in this era. You can greatly benefit from having a Norcross employment immigration attorney handle the legal details based on what they've seen works and doesn't right now.

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