Are Indians Being Ignored By American Govt? 42% Increase in H-1B Rejection For Indians!
Meanwhile, social media examination of visa holders have increased substantially.
It seems that Indians are being deliberately ignored by the US Govt., when it comes to allocating them work visas.
As per fresh reports coming in, there has been an increase of 42% in H1-B visa rejection rate, only for Indians.
What exactly is happening here?
42% Increase in H1-B Rejections For Indians!
National Foundation for American Policy has released a report, based on the data from US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), and there isn’t good news for Indians.
H1-B Visa rejections for Indians have increased by 42% in the last quarter of 2017, compared to a year before.
This is happening despite the fact that Indians invested $18 billion into US in 2017, and generated 1.1 lakh jobs, something which nationals from no other country were able to achieve.
Between 3rd and 4th quarter of 2017, 23.6% of Indians who applied for H1-B visa were rejected, compared to 16.6% rejections in the 3rd quarter.
At the same time, Requests for Evidence (RFEs) by US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) also increased substantially. RFEs are issued when the immigration dept. want more information pertaining to the candidates.
As per insiders, RFEs are a perfect excuse to reject work visa for anyone, and no one can demand any explanation as well. Overall, RFEs increased by whopping 69%.
Compared to citizens from all nations, H1-B visa denial for Indians was one of the highest in the 4th quarter of 2018.
The report said, “USCIS adjudicators were much more likely to issue a Request for Evidence for applications for Indians than for people from other countries.”
There has been no reaction from the US Govt. on this, so far.
Social Media Scrutiny for Visa Applicants?
Meanwhile, in a related news, it was found that US Immigration officials are now vehemently targeting social media lives of the applicants. And the research into social media life is only increasing.
This was revealed by a white paper prepared by Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL).
As per the findings, US Border officials conducted 30,200 searches of electronic devices in 2017, which is an increase of 58% compared to 2016.
The white paper said, “Although only a small percentage of travellers are likely to be so searched, those entering or exiting the US should be prepared in the event they are asked to unlock their cell phone or other device at the borders.”
As per US Laws, the border officials and immigration managers have the authority to search any information stored in the device of the visa holder, however, they cannot search what is stored in the cloud database, stored by them.
We will keep you updated, as we receive more inputs.