(Bloomberg) -- Employers applied for about 16 percent fewer H-1B visas for highly skilled workers this year than in 2016, possibly reflecting concern that the Trump administration is taking a more restrictive approach to the program.

Employers seeking visas for 2018 submitted 199,000 applications this year, compared with 236,000 last year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said Monday. The visa program, which is designed to let companies hire highly skilled workers for technical jobs based in the U.S. that they’re having trouble filling, is a central policy focus of the technology industry.

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