H-1B visa rejection rates rise sharply — 30% of Cognizant, Capgemini, Accenture, Wipro and Infosys applications denied


  • The Indian IT companies — Cognizant, Capgemini, Accenture, Wipro and Infosys — faced over 30% visa rejections during the first three quarters of 2020 fiscal, shows a survey by the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP).
  • With most of its workforce in India, Cognizant witnessed maximum denial rate at 60%.
  • NFAP reported a fourfold increase in the US visa rejections as compared to 2015 fiscal — at 24%.
Under the Trump administration, increasing rejection rates for H1-B visas is throwing up hurdles, especially for the IT majors. The Indian IT companies — Cognizant, Capgemini, Accenture, Wipro and Infosys — faced over 30% visa rejections during the first three quarters of 2020 fiscal, shows a survey by the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP).

Cognizant witnessed maximum denial rate at 60%. In 2018, Cognizant faced nearly 3,548 rejections for work visas extension, which is so far the highest for any company hiring foreign employees.

“The denial rates for H-1B petitions have increased because USCIS has changed the standards for approval without new regulations or Congress passing a new law,” Stuart Anderson, executive director of NFAP told ET.
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The study data is in contrast with the data by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which said that the US approved more H1-B visas this year — both entry level and work visa extensions. It said that it extended over 389,000 visas in 2019 fiscal — higher than 335,000 visas approved last year.

NFAP data says that US visa rejections grew from 6% in 2015 to 24% in 2019.

Indian IT employees account for over 70% of the H1-B visas. Adding to this, the US also announced that it will prefer professionals with a US master's degree when it comes to extending visas.
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Last year, Deloitte Consulting and Apple received the most number of H1-B visas, while only HCL from India made it to the top 10 list with a total of 5,085 certifications in the US, a ccording to data with the US Department of Labour.

H1-B work visas are initially provided for three years — but can be extended for a similar term later.

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