It’s no secrete that USCIS has been trying to crack down on H-1B fraud, now with data to support it.
Since President Trump took office, the percentage of H-1B petitions with RFE’s (Request for Evidence) has almost doubled, from roughly 20% to nearly 40%.
Approval rate among H1B cases that received an RFE has decreased from 83% to 63%.
Below is a comparison chart for Fiscal Year 2015 to 2019. Keep in mind that FY-2019 data only covers the first three quarters (10/01/2018 – 06/30/2019).
H-1B RFE Data:
|Fiscal Year||2015||2016||2017||2018||2019 (Q1-Q3)|
|Completions with RFE6||67,315||78,976||86,185||150,606||129,187|
|% of Completions with RFE7||22.30%||20.80%||21.40%||38.00%||39.60%|
|Approved with RFE8||56,009||62,342||63,429||93,907||80,943|
|Approved % of Petitions with RFE9||83.20%||78.90%||73.60%||62.40%||62.70%|
Footnotes from USCIS:
1 The number of new petitions received and entered into a case-tracking system during the reporting period.
2 The number of petitions approved during the reporting period. Only initial decisions are considered. Subsequent decisions are excluded (ex Revocation, Remands, etc.)
3 The number of petitions denied during the reporting period. Only initial decisions are considered. Subsequent decisions are excluded (ex Revocation, Remands, etc.)
4 The number of petitions approved and denied during the reporting period.
5 The percentage of petitions approved out of total completions.
6 The number of completions that had a Request for Evidence (RFE).
7 The percentage of completions with an RFE out of total completions.
8 The number of petitions with an RFE that were approved.
9 The percentage of petitions with an RFE that were approved out of all completions with an RFE.
Source: DHS, USCIS, C3 Consolidated via Statistical Analysis System (SAS) queried July 2019.