The US Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs, Michele Bond, said during her visit to India in August 2016 that Indian citizens received the highest number of H-1B and L-1 visas last year even as USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) increased their fees on 19 December last year.
Citizens of India got the highest number of visas in the non-immigrant segment in 2015, with 70 percent of H-1B and 30 percent of L-1 visas totally issued globally being bagged by the nationals of this South Asian country, she said.
Bond was quoted by workpermit.com as saying that applicants from India were the most successful world over as far getting these visas from America was concerned.
Bond had come to India to participate in the fifth annual bilateral Consular dialogue, which saw P Kumaran, Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, also being present. Held on 22 August, it saw both the countries discuss on business, tourism and travel between India and the US, among other issues.
She added that despite the changes to the visa fees, the number of applications for these visas did not decline and no decrease in interest was witnessed in enthusiasm to apply for the same.
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