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Denial of H-1B Cases: The Occupational Outlook Handbook is Not the Holy Grail

The USCIS continues to strictly scrutinize H-1B petitions. According to an NFAP report, denial rates for H-1B petitions have increased significantly, rising from 6% in FY 2015 to 33% through the second quarter of FY 2019 for new H-1B petitions for initial employment.

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USCIS releases annual stats for FY2019: H-1B, L approval rates remain low, with high number of RFEs

-H-1B approvals. The overall approval rate for H-1B petitions in fiscal 2019 was 84.8%, down from a high of 95.7% in fiscal 2015.

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Business schools raise alarm about H-1B visas

“The concern is if you see a decline in talent flowing into the U.S., then that’s going to have negative long-term implications in terms of the ability to create jobs and the ability to be economically competitive,” Boulding said.

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60 US deans, CEOs write to Donald Trump to ease H-1B curbs

The letter said the US doesn't have the capacity to train enough people with required high-tech skills, and without a change in approach, this would hinder growth. In 2019, the US saw a 13.7% decline in international business school applications.

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Optional practical training by international students in US will now be subject to more scrutiny

The optional practical training (OPT) program, under which international degree students in the US can obtain a work experience, is now subject to greater scrutiny

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What IBM Pays H-1B Software Engineers and Developers

IBM H-1B Software Engineer Salaries by City (2019)
CITY SALARY
San Francisco, CA $141,856
Foster City, CA $121,077
Cambridge, MA $132,000
Houston, TX $110,032
San Jose, CA $109,242

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Despite tighter norms, the US approves 389,000 H1-B visas this year


The US approved more number of H1-B visas this year, both entry level and extension on work visas

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Federal judge blocks DHS from implementing public charge rule

A federal court in New York has issued a nationwide injunction blocking the Department of Homeland Security from implementing or enforcing the public charge rule that was scheduled to take effect Oct. 15.

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Federal District Court Blocks Enforcement of DHS Public Charge Regulation (Updated)

A federal district court has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that prohibits the Department of Homeland Security from enforcing a regulation that sought to apply strict new standards for determining whether a foreign national is a “public charge.”

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International students targeted by scam calls

An international student paid a scam caller a substantial sum of money after they were threatened with arrest and deportation, according to the UT Police Department Sept. 30 Campus Watch report. The student filed a report with UTPD after paying.

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