Saturday, January 21st, 2017

H-1B Usage Undercount: FOIA

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From Greg Siskind's blog on 9-21-12: "Attorney David Rubman in Chicago, Illinois has just shared with me the answer to a Freedom of Information Act request which definitively shows that USCIS has been undercounting H-1B usage by nearly 15% over the last five years.  Approximately 45,000 too few H-1Bs have been approved between fiscal year 2008 and 2012.  USCIS is required to approve 65,000 H-1B visas per year.  They determine when the H-1B cap is hit each year based on their estimate of how many cases will be denied.  They also are supposed to add withdrawn H-1Bs back to the total.  USCIS has had wildly inaccurate estimates of their denial rates which has resulted in the undercounting.  For