What are the Approval Rates for Visas? How Many Visas Are Approved?

By June 23, 2020September 30th, 2020Immigration, News

The U.S. Government publishes data on the number of people who apply for visas at U.S. Consulates along with the number of visas that are issued and denied.   This blog post summarizes some of the more comment visas and their approval rates.

Visa Type Number of Applications Number of Approvals Approval Percentage Rate
B-1 and B-2 Visas 7,585,472 5,297,439 69.8%
E-1 Visa 7,252 6,668 91.9%
E-2 Visa 48,401 43,286 89.4%
E-3 Visa 5,974 5,807 97.2%
F-1 Visa 488,075 364,204 74.6%
H-1B* 191,987 188,123 97.9%
L-1* 85,566 76,988 89.9%
O-1A & O-1B* 18,293 17,751 97.0%
TN 23,708 21,193 89.3%

*This relates to the visas issued at the Consulate so assumes a USCIS approval.  While it is not common for USCIS to adjudicate petitions that have already been approved, this does occur at times.  In addition, even when applications are approved by USCIS, the applicant must meet admissibility requirements.

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