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More than twice as many H-1B applications were rejected in November 2017 than were this time last year. 17.6% of the H-1B applications were denied in November 2017, compared with only 7.7% in November 2016.  This is according to the  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as illustrated in following five tables.


Source: USCIS – This table shows the final approval and challenged rates.   A challenged H-1B application means the applicant is asked for more evidence and documents to support his/her application.


H-1B Applications & Approvals (2015-17)

Source: USCIS


H-1B Petitions by Country (2015-17)

Source: USCIS


H-1B Petitions by Occupation (2015-17)

Source: USCIS


H-1B Petitions by Age (2015-17)

Source: USCIS