Washington: In a recent report of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), it was revealed that Indians accounted for 75 percent of the H1-B visas issued by the country in 2017. The year before that, i.e. in 2016 the figure was 74.2 percent. 70,737 Indians received H1-B visas, while 67,815 Indians received work visas in 2017.
The report titled ‘Characteristics of H-1B Specialty Occupation Workers’ said that 185,489 Indians received visas for continuing employment in 2016 while it increased to 208,608 visas in 2017. In all, there were 256,226 Indians on H1B visas in 2016 and 276,423 in 2017. China with a little over nine percent comes a distant second after India in terms of a number of H-1B visas. The figures for China were 9.3 and 9.4 percent respectively for 2016 and 2017.
H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows American companies to employ foreign workers in jobs that require technical expertise. Indian IT companies are among the major beneficiaries of the H-1B visas as they have a significant number of its employees working at third-party worksites in the U.S.
Last month the Donald Trump administration’s plan to stop allowing spouses of H-1B visa holders to work legally in the U.S came as a huge blow to the visa holders as this move will end the Obama-era rule which gave work permits for spouses who otherwise could not be employed.