The number of H-1B petitions filed in fiscal year 2017 exceeded that of previous years, despite rumblings from the Trump administration about curtailing the visa program. The number of petitions approved also hit a four-year high.
In fiscal 2017, employers filed some 403,675 petitions for H-1B visas, and 365,682 were approved, according to a recently released report (PDF) by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The vast majority of these petitions were filed by companies with 26 or more employees; over 67,000 were employers filing a second (or subsequent) extension of stay for an “H-1B nonimmigrant.” Compare that to fiscal 2014, when the number of petitions stood at 318,824 (with 315,857 approvals). ... Read the full story in Dice.