Large technology companies and IT services providers must have been hit hard, as the United States has continued to refuse work visa (H1B) for high-skilled technology workers from foreign countries.
Companies like Capgemini and Cognizant must have been putting up with the pain silently, because the government data shows both the companies having high rates of H1B visa rejections.
Capgemini saw 80% of its visa petitions rejected in the 2018 fiscal year, while Cognizant’s rejection rate stood at 61%, according to Forbes.
In addition, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) returned 25% of petitions seeking renewal for existing visas.
Other companies bearing the brunt of the Donald Trump administration’s protectionist measures include Infosys, HCL Tech, and Syntel. Even large US tech firms, including Facebook, Amazon and Apple, have also found many of their petitions rejected.
Unlike in the past, technology companies seeking to obtain H1B visa need to prepare extensive paperwork. In the first fiscal quarter of 2019, USCIS sought more information on nearly 60% of visa applications. Such requests, or RFEs as they are known, require the applicants to submit additional paperwork.
“Receiving an RFE from the government can add several months and thousands of dollars in legal fees to the cost of applying for a visa,” reported Reuters citing attorneys.
Analysts say the tightened immigration policy is also hurting the US economy, eroding competitiveness of many American firms.
Moreover, this all comes at a time the United States is seeing shortage in skilled technology workers.