The number of H-1B rejections rose 41% in the last quarter, mostly due to much more stringent processes. (69% of rejections were requests of evidence)
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The big picture: The number of denials and "requests for evidence" (RFE) began to climb following President Trump's "Buy American, Hire American" executive order signed in April of last year. While employers of H-1B workers often talk anecdotally about how much harder it's been to get their applications approved, this new data highlights a potential impact of the administration's crackdown.