US Work Visa Can Be Now Rejected Over Typo Error; Less Indians Are Now Visiting US!

This means that work visa to the US can be now rejected more easily. Bad news for the IT industry?

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H1B visa becomes tougher
H1B visa becomes tougher

Two very interesting news related with US visa and immigration have come in, which once again proves that the charm of US is slowly, but gradually fading.

While U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have been empowered with more rights to reject any work visa or immigration request; new data has revealed that the number of Indians visiting the US has come down to 8-year low.

What will be the future of the ‘American Dream’?

Simple Typo Can Be A Reason For US Visa Rejection!

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the nodal authority on visa-related activities, have come out with a new policy which gives them more excuses to reject a visa application.

A simple typo error in the document, or missing information can be enough to reject immigration and work visa, which includes the strategically important H-1B visa and Green Card application.

USCIS said, “This policy is intended to discourage frivolous or substantially incomplete filings used as “placeholder” filings and encourage applicants, petitioners, and requestors to be diligent in collecting and submitting required evidence.”

At the same time, they have said that the new policy has not been designed to “penalize filers for innocent mistakes or misunderstandings of evidentiary requirements,”

However, we all know the truth here.

What Will Be The Impact?

As of now, USCIS has to issue a Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) before rejecting a visa application.

Immigration lawyers have described this new policy as a major shift towards denying foreign workers from working in the US. Besides, this new policy will make the whole process more expensive, more time-taking, and more prone to rejection.

Existing visa holders in the US can be deported, in case their previous filings are found to be in error or have missing documents.

In short, getting into the US has just become tougher.

Less Indians Are Now Visiting the US!

Meanwhile in a related news, it has been discovered that less and fewer Indians are now visiting the US, compared to last decade.

In fact, in 2017, only 11.14 lakh Indians visited US, which is the lowest turnout in the last 8 years.

As per US department of Commerce’s National Travel and Trade Office (NTTO) “forecast of international travellers to the US by origin countries”, the traffic to the US from India as declined by 5% in 2017, compared to 2016.

The first major decline was witnessed in 2009 when 5 lakh Indians visited the US. Since then, the numbers are gradually declining.

As per The US department of commerce, around 7.7 crore people visited the US from various countries in 2017, collectively spending $251.4 billion. The countries from where maximum growth was witnessed are: South Korea (+17.8%), Brazil (+11%), Argentina (+10%), Ireland (+9%) and Canada (+4.8 %)

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