Denials for H-1B skilled worker visas jumped to a 10-year high in the first quarter of 2019. An analysis of the database of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services by the National Foundation for American Policy, a non-partisan think tank, showed 32% of initial H-1B petitions were denied in the first quarter of the 2019 cycle (October-December).
The denial rate was 24% in FY2018, quadrupling from 6% in 2015. It never exceeded 8% from 2010 to 2015, the Obama years.