H-1B denial rates in fiscal year 2023 increased slightly from FY 2022, according to a National Foundation for American Policy analysis of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services data.

Despite the increase, H-1B denial rates for FY 2023 still remain substantially lower than during the Trump administration when they peaked in FY 2018.

Fiscal Year New Employment H-1B Denial Rate
2023 3.5%
2022 2.2%
2021 4%
2020 13%
2019 21%
2018 24%
2017 13%

The low denial rate in recent years is at least in part due to legal challenges that forced USCIS to issue new guidance on the adjudication of H-1B visas in June 2020.

The NFAP analysis stated that “H-1B temporary status remains often the only practical way for an international student or other high-skilled foreign national to work long term in the United States” and said the 85,000 H-1B cap “remains the leading immigration problem for most tech companies.” The report can be read here.

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