Indians: Top recipients for H-1B in 2017

With over some 2.5 lakh applications being sent to the h1b visa database, Indians are topping the lists as the highest number of H-1B aspirants and recipients till July this year. The number that is working out right now is standing at 75% of the total applications till June this year. The US fiscal year will begin on October 1 and end on September 30.

Indians continue to be one of the largest group of aspirants for the current fiscal year and the number of filings is more than 3 lakh this year.  The number of Chinese US H-1B visa aspirants are much lower in comparison to their number of applications are only at 36,362 which is their highest ever till June 30th over the past 10 years. A total of only 35,700 number of applications were only filed by the Chinese during the last years. Canada has come to slowly one-third with 3,550 number of applications till June 30 this year.

The US has also received some record 3.7 lakh applications for the visas till June end out of which 2 lakh visas have been approved and the USCIS has released this data and there are many applications that are still pending approval. While you look at the breakup of the applications for this year the data has not been released based on the country of birth but the old records show that for last year out of the 3.45 lakh applications that were approved last year 74% of them or let us say 2.56 lakh of them were from India. China was trailing next as the second with 9% which meant 31,995 approvals. A huge section of the senators has pointed out that Indians were seen flooding the application pool and yes, they do stand at getting more benefits when it comes to getting a huge number of visa approvals too.

From the year 2006 to present time the number of Indian Applications stands at 22 lakhs and the Chinese at 3 lakhs and those from the Philippines at 85K. There has been a decline of 70% applications for the Philippines and Canada comes at a close 5th in the list. Th number of people from India applying for H-1B has increased by 80% since 2006 to stand out at a close 3 lakhs in 2016.

The technology sector continues to be the number one sector for attracting scores of h1b sponsorshipand for dominating the H-1B visa applications. The top 5 firms like all of us know were granted to CTS, TCS, Wipro, Accenture, and Infosys. The average salaries of all the firms were also noted to be well below the minimum salary of the visa holders which presently stands at 130K as proposed in the reform bill. There are various arguments to saying that these firms are taking away a major chunk of visas directly and through their contractors and outsources fish for more candidates which are quoted to be disturbing and not beneficial to the people of US, though critics say otherwise. We are only hoping that in the coming years more opportunities open and people get a fair chance to immigrate and work in the US. Get job alerts now from

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