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Indian IT firms' margins under pressure as H1B visa rejections increase

Latest data from US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) shows rejection rates for H1B visa petitions has touched a high under the Donald Trump administration

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Among IT services firm, Cognizant witnessed over 60 per cent of its initial applications rejected, followed by Capgemini, Accenture, Wipro, and Infosys. In 2018, the top six Indian firms got just 16 per cent or 2,145 H1B work permits.

Debasis Mohapatra Bengaluru
Indian IT services, whose dependence on subcontractors for executing projects in client locations is rising, are likely to face more pressure with the increase in H1B denial rates over the past one year. 

Analysts say despite aggressively building up employee pyramid in the US, domestic firms still have to send engineers there.

Latest data from US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) shows rejection rates for H1B visa petitions has touched a high under the Donald Trump administration. According to an analysis of National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP), denial rates for H1B petitions have increased to 24 per cent during

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First Published: Oct 30 2019 | 9:25 PM IST

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