With H-1B Application Drop, Signs Point To IT Retreat

Law360, New York (April 21, 2017, 10:59 PM EDT) -- After steadily increasing over the last few years, the number of H-1B visa petitions filed this spring dropped by over 30,000, and both immigration attorneys and government data suggest that the decline could be due to large information technology companies filing fewer requests for the skilled worker visas.

Only 199,000 cap-subject H-1B visa petitions were filed this year, down from 236,000 in 2016 and 233,000 in 2015. Of course, this year's application numbers are still well above the 85,000 annual cap for H-1B visas, but the dip does mark a roughly 15 percent decline from last year, and some attorneys are...

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