The USCIS has revealed in its latest report that Indians accounted for 74%+ of the H-1B visas in 2016 and 2017. Tech professionals from India received 74.2% of all the H-1B visas offered by the US in 2016. The figures increased to 75.6% in 2017, elaborated the report of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
China has come a distant second with little more than 9% in terms of receiving the H-1B visas. The statistics for China were 9.3% in 2016 and 9.4% in 2017, as quoted by the Hindu. On the other hand, the numbers of Indian beneficiaries for initial employment declined by 4% in the fiscal year 2017.
At the same time, the number of beneficiaries from India permitted for continued employment enhanced by 12.5% in the fiscal year 2017. These statistics have been revealed by the USCIS in its report titled ‘H-1B Specialty Occupation Workers – Characteristics’.
The USCIS elaborated on the petitions for initial employment. These are the applications filed for the first time with the H-1B employment with an employer. Just a few of them are included in the yearly cap. Examples of this kind of petitions include those submitted by not for profit or Government research organizations.
Meanwhile, continued employment refers to extensions filed for H-1B visas. It also includes concurrent and sequential employments that are filed for overseas nationals already in the US.
Extensions are usually submitted for H-1B professionals that intend to work beyond the initial 3 year period for maximum 6 years totally. This is the maximum extension available under US laws.
In the year 2016, there were totally 256, 226 Indian workers with H-1B visas in the US and in the year 2017 the figure was 276, 423.