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Trump’s “Hire American” order makes it harder to get H-1B visas

With the H-1B visas being more difficult to obtain, the popularity of the EB-5 visa is growing. The EB-5 visa is a United States visa program that enables foreign investors to obtain a U.S. Visa by investing in a business that will benefit the U.S. economy and create jobs. The EB-5 visa program is the best option when compared to the H-1B visa.   Immigration officials required more information from high-skilled H-1B visa applicants last year, and denied 22% in the last quarter — up 41% from the previous quarter, according to a new study by the National Foundation for American Policy. The big picture: The number of denials and “requests for evidence” (RFE) began to climb following President Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” executive order signed in April of last year. While employers of H-1B workers often talk anecdotally about how much harder it’s been to get their applications approved, this new data highlights a potential impact of the administration’s crackdown. By the numbers:There was a 41% increase in denials between the 3rd and 4th quarter — from 15.9% in Q3 to 22.4% Q4. – In Q3 2017, 23% of completed cases required “requests for evidence” (RFE). That number jumped to 69% in the Q4. – There were almost as many RFEs in the 4th quarter as in all three other quarters combined. – The last quarter under the Obama administration (Q1 2017) only had RFE for 17% of cases, compared to the 69% at the end of Trump’s first fiscal year. – Indian H-1B applicants saw even stricter scrutiny in the last quarter, with 72% of their applications requiring additional evidence in Q4, compared to 61% of other nationalities. Key quote: “This increase is significant and is clearly attributable to [Buy American Hire American] and the Administration’s desire to restrict legal immigration,” Mark Roberts, CEO of TechServe Alliance, which works to outsource needed H-1B workers to American companies, told Axios.
  •  He said that in the IT and engineering sector, he’s seen an almost 100% RFE rate and an increased denial rate where it was previously near zero.
The other side: Proponents of cutting back legal immigration argue that these visas take high-paying jobs from American workers and often accuse companies of using H-1B visas to pay workers less. They view the actions of the Trump administration simply as better law enforcement.     Original Post: axios.com