Trump admin arms officials to reject H-1B applications straight away

Vastavam web: The Trump administration has empowered officials to outright reject visa applications under certain circumstances. This step can be taken if the required ‘initial evidence’ wasn’t submitted or it failed to establish eligibility for the visa sought. In other words, the visa applicants, that include companies sponsoring H-1B employees, are less likely to get a second chance to submit more documentary evidence or provide explanations that would substantiate eligibility for the visa. In some cases, outright denial of the application, say for the extension of an H-1B visa, could even place the employee at the risk of deportation.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued this revised policy on July 13. “It has rescinded an earlier policy that restricted official’s ability to deny a case without first giving the applicant an opportunity to provide more evidence to prove the case. Under the earlier policy, US officials processing visa applications were required to issue RFEs in all cases, unless there was no possibility that the additional document or information could rectify the issue. In its official statement, USCIS attributes the revision as a measure to curb frivolous filings. Immigration experts believe that the revised policy gives subjective powers to officials and could make the immigration process cumbersome.

For instance, many RFEs dealt with whether or not the occupation was specialised. On the RFE receipt, the sponsoring company could provide additional evidence on why a particular occupation or job profile was specialised, which should qualify the employee for an H-1B visa. The going is likely to become tougher for visa applications where the employee is proposed to work at third party client sites, as in such cases a host of evidence needs to be submitted to substantiate the H-1B visa holder’s assignment requires specialisation.