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NFAP Report: L-1 Denials in India are Soaring

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More evidence that the White House's welcome mat for entrepreneurs is more rhetoric than reality. From NFAP:

- The number of L-1 visas issued at U.S. posts in India declined by 28 percent from 2010 to 2011, according to data obtained from the U.S. Department of State in a new report by the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP), an Arlington, Va.-based policy research group. The official data from the State Department show that L-1 visa approvals went from 35,896 in Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 to 25,898 in FY 2011, a drop of approximately 10,000 visas. At the same time that L-1 visas issued in India declined by 28 percent, L-1 visas issued in the rest of the world rose by 15 percent (from 38,823 in FY 2010 to 44,820 in FY 2011), according to State Department data. (FY 2011 data are considered preliminary by the State Department but any changes in the final data are typically minor, according to a State Department official.)

Increased denials of L-1 visas when attempting to transfer personnel into the United States from India on L-1 visas is having a negative impact on growth, projects and product development in the United States, according to companies. "The release of the L-1 visa data makes it difficult for U.S. government officials to argue that nothing different is going on in India when compared with the rest of the world," said Stuart Anderson, executive director of the National Foundation for American Policy. Anderson served as head of policy and counselor to the Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service from August 2001 to January 2003. "The information that L-1 visas declined in India comes after the U.S. embassy in Delhi announced the number of H-1B visas issued there increased from 2010 to 2011. A decline of 28 percent in L-1 visas issued in India from 2010 to 2011 at the same time that employers have seen an increase of 15 percent in L-1 visas issued in the rest of the world, using the same law and regulations, indicates something is amiss." 

India has one of the hottest economies on the planet and we are slamming the door on entrepreneurs from those countries expanding operations in the US which very often result in hiring of US employees. Exactly the wrong policy for our times.

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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    Long time ago a young Singaporean woman complained to me that the white Aussies and Kiwis want Asian money but they dont want Asians around in their countries. I think something similar may be happening with respect to the United States!
  2. Nurse Waiting's Avatar
    Immigration policies are just driving companies here to outsource their complete offices to India. These same companies are hiring like crazy offshore, even though salaries are increasing at rapid pace. Due to visa stamping issues, people are eliminating their travel back and forth. Non issuance of tourist visas is reducing spending in US.

    Oh well, we have jobs bill to focus on!
  3. Rohit's Avatar
    Due to L1 Visa denials ,Lot of people who are on L1 are not going back to India for any kind of extensions stamping ,So USA might loose money on travel... But defiantly will save a JOB by rejecting one L1 or H1 day .
  4. USC's Avatar
    To make up for the MIA "Immigrant of the Day" column here are 15 or so:

  5. USC's Avatar
    No water:,87348

  6. SGL's Avatar
    What happened to HR 3012? Now they will tell the business leaders supporting this bill that they tried but failed!!! Good excuse!!!
  7. George Chell's Avatar
    From Virginia I am pleased to report SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS....
  8. Robin's Avatar
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