NDTV News

NDTV.com provides latest news from India and the world. Get today’s news headlines from Business, Technology, Bollywood, Cricket, videos, photos, live news coverage and exclusive breaking news from India.

https://www.ndtv.com/

H1-B Visas For US Drop The Most In A Decade -This Is Why.

H1-B Visas For US Drop The Most In A Decade -This Is Why

Foreign engineering, mathematics workers on H-1B visas fell 12.6% in fiscal year ending September 2021.

The number of immigrants under the H1-B visa program holding high-tech jobs dropped the most in at least a decade this year in the U.S. amid travel and visa restrictions, even as job openings in the industry reached record highs.

Foreign engineering and mathematics workers on H-1B visas fell 12.6% in the fiscal year ending September 2021 compared to the previous year, according to a Bloomberg News analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Labor.

It was the second consecutive annual decline for a segment of the workforce that has historically seen consistent job growth.

The drop was largely due to a significant slowdown in visa processing during lock downs and tightened immigration policies stemming from the pandemic, according to immigration lawyers and experts.

lo82g53o

Compared with pre-Covid levels in 2019, this year's number of H-1B employment cases was down 19% for the engineering and mathematics job category.

"Since March 2020, the processing of any new visas has been dramatically slowed and almost halted by travel restrictions," said Giovanni Peri, a professor of economics at the University of California, Davis. Some jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, may be lost in the visa crunch for good as remote work could offshore them outside of the U.S., according to Peri.

Many U.S. visa processing locations have resumed at a slowed pace after an abrupt suspension across all embassies and consulates in 2020. Earlier this year, President Joe Biden allowed a Trump-era ban on H-1B visas to expire.

The H-1B visa program allows U.S. employers to hire high-skilled foreign workers for jobs in specialty fields like coding and engineering. The tech industry in particular relies on the program to ease worker shortages. Engineering and mathematics jobs make up the vast majority of H-1B visas issued.

The program is limited to 85,000 new visas annually, but foreign workers who receive H-1B visas can transfer roles within the same field, change companies or have their visas extended. These additional certifications -- on top of new hires -- make up a broader measure of job activity within the program.

This combined metric for all job categories totaled more than 497,000 during fiscal year 2021, a 9% decrease from 2020 and 17% decline from 2019. The data Bloomberg News analyzed dates back to 2011.

The contraction in hiring for H-1B foreign STEM workers indicates the field of technology wasn't immune to the disruptions caused by Covid-19, although it was hit to a lesser extent compared with other industries, said immigration attorney Nandini Nair, a partner at Greenspoon Marder.

STEM jobs experienced record layoffs in March and April last year. But the sector recovered quickly and experienced lower unemployment during the pandemic than other industries. There were a record 230,000 job openings in the information sector in September, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

"What we're seeing right now is a resurgence in hiring across the board whether it would be for those sponsorships or not. I do expect there to be an up tick as we pull out of the pandemic," said Shannon Donnelly, a partner at Morgan Lewis.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Related news
Ozinga Concrete donates concrete to Project H.O.O.D. - Rooftop Revelations

Ozinga Concrete donates concrete to Project H.O.O.D. - Rooftop Revelations

On the 64th day of his 100-day rooftop vigil to raise money for a transformative community center on the South Side of Chicago, Pastor Corey Brooks brought up Paul Ozinga for a chat by the campfire. Ozinga is the fourth generation to run this comp...

Boris Johnson orders top level probe into claims Tory MP was fired for being Muslim.

Boris Johnson orders top level probe into claims Tory MP was fired for being Muslim.

BORIS Johnson has launched a top level probe into claims a Tory minister was fired for being Muslim. The PM has ordered the Cabinet Office to look into the bullying allegations made by Nusrat Ghani. Ms Ghani insists she was pushed out of her gover...

US orders Ukraine embassy staff and families to leave - DW News.

US orders Ukraine embassy staff and families to leave - DW News.

The US has ordered the families of all American personnel at its embassy in Ukraine to leave the country. Non-essential staff have also been asked to leave. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is set to brief EU foreign ministers on the next move...

Sky News Breakfast: PM asks Cabinet Office to investigate allegations of Islamophobia.

Sky News Breakfast: PM asks Cabinet Office to investigate allegations of Islamophobia.

On Sky News Breakfast with Kay Burley on Monday January 24: - Boris Johnson faces crunch week as he awaits report into lockdown Downing Street parties - Investigation launched into MP's claim she was sacked as a minister due to her Muslim faith - ...

Murder in the Capital: What drives people to kill?

Murder in the Capital: What drives people to kill?

Most killers are driven to commit murder after engaging in a petty dispute, according to criminologists and local officials. #FoxNews #DigitalOriginals Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel...

Education Secretary: Islamophobia claims are 'very serious'.

Education Secretary: Islamophobia claims are 'very serious'.

A Cabinet Office investigation has been launched into claims from Conservative MP Nusrat Ghani that she was sacked as a minister because of her Muslim faith. Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi told Sky's Kay Burley that allegations of Islamophobia ...