The National Foundation for American Policy has published a policy brief on a new study comparing H-1B denial rates in recent years to the rates in fiscal year (FY) 2015. The study found, among other things, that the 30% denial rate for H-1B petitions for initial employment in the first quarter of FY 2020 is similar to the denial rate of 32% in the first quarter of FY 2019, indicating this is a “new normal” of high denial rates compared to the 6% H-1B denial rate for such petitions in FY 2015. The highest denial rates are for companies providing information technology or other business services to U.S. companies. According to the study, the data “indicate USCIS has established a different standard for deciding cases for companies that provide [IT] services.”

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