New stats show that RFEs and H-1B denials rose sharply under Trump
  • The number of H-1B visa denials and Requests for Evidence, or RFEs, rose sharply soon after President Trump issued the "Buy American and Hire American" Relocation Today US FlagExecutive Order in April 2017, according to a new report by the National Foundation for American Policy.
    Key figures:

    • H-1B denials increased by 41 percent from the third quarter to the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017.
    • In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, 69 percent of H-1B cases received RFEs, more than double the rate in the third quarter, and a huge surge compared with only 17 percent of H-1B cases receiving RFE's during the final quarter under the Obama administration.
    • Denial rates for L-1A applicants rose significantly from 12.8 percent in the first quarter of fiscal 2017 to 21.4 percent in the fourth quarter, and denials for L-1B petitions increased from 21.7 percent to 28.7 percent during the same period. The number of denials continued to remain high into the first half of fiscal year 2018 with a 30 percent average denial rate over the first two quarters.

    The full report may be viewed here.


    Analysis: These figures released by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services confirm that recent policy initiatives are impacting adjudications of high-skilled immigration petitions. It should be noted that while all companies have experienced an overall increase in RFEs, the rates vary across industries, with IT consulting companies being particularly targeted for RFEs and H-1B denials.

    This post has been provided by Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) Corporate Immigration. For more information please contact: Kristi Paulsen - Relocation Today or Jennifer Fisher BAL

    About Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP
    Founded in 1980, Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) provides comprehensive global immigration services from seventeen offices across the U.S. and Globe. BAL manages global visa matters and customized application approaches for work permits, business visas, and residence permits in more than 100 countries. With a single cost center for worldwide operations, BAL offers centralized management with regional and local support for the complete spectrum of global immigration matters.

    Source: Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP
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New stats show that RFEs and H-1B denials rose sharply under Trump
  • The number of H-1B visa denials and Requests for Evidence, or RFEs, rose sharply soon after President Trump issued the "Buy American and Hire American" Relocation Today US FlagExecutive Order in April 2017, according to a new report by the National Foundation for American Policy.
    Key figures:

    • H-1B denials increased by 41 percent from the third quarter to the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017.
    • In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, 69 percent of H-1B cases received RFEs, more than double the rate in the third quarter, and a huge surge compared with only 17 percent of H-1B cases receiving RFE's during the final quarter under the Obama administration.
    • Denial rates for L-1A applicants rose significantly from 12.8 percent in the first quarter of fiscal 2017 to 21.4 percent in the fourth quarter, and denials for L-1B petitions increased from 21.7 percent to 28.7 percent during the same period. The number of denials continued to remain high into the first half of fiscal year 2018 with a 30 percent average denial rate over the first two quarters.

    The full report may be viewed here.


    Analysis: These figures released by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services confirm that recent policy initiatives are impacting adjudications of high-skilled immigration petitions. It should be noted that while all companies have experienced an overall increase in RFEs, the rates vary across industries, with IT consulting companies being particularly targeted for RFEs and H-1B denials.

    This post has been provided by Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) Corporate Immigration. For more information please contact: Kristi Paulsen - Relocation Today or Jennifer Fisher BAL

    About Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP
    Founded in 1980, Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) provides comprehensive global immigration services from seventeen offices across the U.S. and Globe. BAL manages global visa matters and customized application approaches for work permits, business visas, and residence permits in more than 100 countries. With a single cost center for worldwide operations, BAL offers centralized management with regional and local support for the complete spectrum of global immigration matters.

    Source: Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP
    Copyright © 2018 Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. All rights reserved. Reprinting or digital redistribution to the public is permitted only with the express written permission of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. For inquiries please contact copyright@balglobal.com.

    About Relocation Today: Relocation Today, Inc. has been joyfully developing and serving corporate clients global relocation needs, supporting recruiting efforts & managing summer intern housing programs since 1994.  For more information on services or relocation benefits policy review please contact: Richard Rudeen, Business Development Manager 952.278.0530