IT COMPANIES SUE US GOVERNMENT OVER H-1B APPROVALS
February 28, 2019
Dozens of lawsuits have been filed in recent days by a group of IT companies who are alleging that the US government coordinated to limit the number of H-1B visas approved for companies known for IT outsourcing.
ITServe Alliance, a group of 1,100 IT outsourcers, including all of the companies in the lawsuits, are claiming that new regulations around H-1B visas are meant to eliminate the industry. H-1B visas allow for skilled foreign workers to gain entry and employment in the United States, and are used to fill critical skill shortages, particularly in the IT sector.
Evidence of discrimination does exist, as notable domestic IT companies like Microsoft, Amazon, and Apple had very successfully navigated the new regulations with less than 1% of their applications denied. However, other IT companies like Capgemini had an 80% denial rate for their H-1B applications.
Lawsuits like this are further evidence of the need for legal counsel throughout this process, for both companies and potential employees. Lawyers specializing in immigration law can assist in navigating the complex administrative process, as well as help protect clients in the event of discriminatory practices.