IT COMPANIES HIT HARD BY IMMIGRATION CHANGES
February 25, 2019
Early in his Presidency, President Trump made a concerted effort through legislation and executive orders to encourage companies to hire Americans and discourage the use of foreign labor. One year out, we can see that these policy changes have hit IT companies the hardest.
The USCIS announced the denial rates for many companies attempting to hire foreign workers through H-1B applications, and the results were disappointing to many new disruptors in the IT field. While major companies like Amazon and Microsoft only had 1% denial rates, the denial rates for others like Capgemini and Cognizant were 80% and 61%, respectively. Newer organizations are likely going to face an uphill climb in future years as they attempt to fill critical skills shortages at a time when domestic unemployment is hitting all-time lows.
While much of the focus is often on the employees themselves ensuring that their application is correct, it is important that companies hiring foreign workers are on top of their game when it comes to navigating the complicated system. Many of the denials were as a result of lagging responses to “Requests for Evidence”, and the bar appears to be getting higher. It is in the interests of both employers and employees to seek qualified legal counsel to assist with these requests, to prevent a scenario like the ones facing Capgemini and Cognizant.