The approval rate for H-1B Visas improves as the demand for skilled foreign professionals increases in the US Tech sector. In 2020, the tech industry’s interest in the H-1B Visas dwindled due to the ban implemented by the Trump administration. Many had to change their hiring policies and process. However, President Joe Biden allowed that ban on a few nonimmigrant visa categories to expire naturally in March 2021.
How Did the Approval Rates for the H-1B Visa Increase?
According to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the approval rate for non-immigrant visas from the first quarter of 2021 to June was 98.1%. In the first quarter, it was at 97%. It is a significant increase compared to the H-1B approval rate of 84% in 2018-19. The approval rates in 2018-19 dipped due to the Trump administration’s decision to reject incomplete applications without requesting supporting documents.
This increase in the H-1B Visa approval rate can contribute to the change in administration and reinstatement of a deference policy. Immigration experts believe that the environment for legal immigration has improved in the last 6 months.