On April 12th, US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the number of H-1B applications dropped for the second consecutive year. Applications for the visa, which is frequently used in the tech industry by highly-skilled foreign workers, opened on April 2nd for a five-day period. This year, 190,098 applications were received, down from 199,000 applications in 2017.
While H-1B visas are used to help fill a skills gap in the US, some critics, including the administration of President Trump, have voiced concerns about abuse of the program. USCIS issued a policy memo in February, noting it will require more information about H-1B workers’ employment to ensure the workers are doing the specific job for which they were hired. Companies will have to provide specific work assignments, including dates and locations, to verify the “employer-employee” relationship between the company applying for an H-1B and its visa recipient. The USCIS said in that same memo that it may limit the length of the visa to shorter than three years based the information an employer provides.
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