According to the U.S. Department of Labor, foreign workers with H-1B visas have dropped by 12.6 percent in the fiscal year ending in September 2021. Engineering and mathematics workers saw the greatest dip of H-1B workers in the last year. Our Dallas immigration attorneys explain why there was a significant drop in H-1B workers and how it might affect you if you want to obtain an H-1B visa.
Why H-1B Visa Holders are Decreasing
High-tech jobs have decreased for foreign workers in the last two years. In the past, the jobs were constantly increasing for those with H-1B visas, but it has taken a turn in the last year. Experts are pinning this decrease on the recent immigration and workforce changes that occurred during the pandemic.
Before the spread of COVID-19, H-1B employment cases were high – especially for those working in engineering and mathematics. Since 2020, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has had an even greater impact on visa processing times. There have also been halts and travel restrictions that have affected foreign nationals seeking employment opportunities in the United States.
How Will it Affect Applicants?
Although the pandemic has impacted many foreign nationals seeking an H-1B visa, it is expected to see the number of visa approvals increase in the upcoming year. As travel bans have lifted and the USCIS is starting to adapt to the current situation, it shouldn’t stop foreign nationals from seeking employment in the U.S. In fact, getting started right away instead of waiting can help you get ahead of the game. If you have questions about obtaining an employment visa, our team at Akula & Associates P.C. is here to help you.
Need help applying for an employment visa? Contact our Dallas employment immigration attorneys today at (844) 299-5003 to schedule a consultation!