U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services denied 32 percent of initial H-1B skilled temporary worker petitions in the first quarter of the 2019 fiscal year, up from 24 percent in FY 2018 and just 5 percent in FY 2012.
H-IB visas are used by companies to bring in for three years, extendable to six years, skilled professionals, such as Indian IT workers. The quota for these workers is always consumed in an annual competition to obtain the visas. For instance, In 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced it had received 190,000 H-1B applications, or 105,000 more applications than the 85,000-annual limit would permit.
Under Trump, there has been a sharp increase in the frequency of denials of applications made within the quota.
Below are the denial rates for some major employers, 2015 vs. 2019.