For the first time in four years, there is a drastic drop in the number of petitions for H1-B Visa. The credit for the drop goes to The Trump Administration. Indian Tech companies are reducing the number of applications H1-B Visa. Indian Tech Companies fear their petitions for H1-B Visa will get rejected.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), running the H-1B visa programme, announced on Monday it had received 199,000 applications in 2017 for the coming year 2018. This was 37,000 less than the 236,000 in 2016, ending a rising trend. The USCIS got 233,000 applications in 2015 and 172,500 in 2014.
“It is a significant drop,” said George Ganey, an immigration lawyer in Maryland. And undoubtedly, 2017 elections are the reason for this.
The US gives 65,000 H-1B visas each year to highly skilled foreign workers and 20,000 to foreigners who have enrolled in advanced studies in American colleges and universities.
Trump Administration and his legal advisors think H1-B Visas are stealing American Jobs and these jobs should be given to Americans at the first place. But some experts believe that it will not only affect foreign workers but also some part of the American Economy.