74% Indians Granted H-1B Visas In 2016 & 2017

74% Indians Granted H-1B Visas In 2016 & 2017

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a report titled Characteristics of H-1B Specialty Occupation Workers' in which it said that nearly 74.2% Indian techies were given H-1B visas in 2016 and 75.6% in 2017 respectively. The report further said that there has been a considerable drop in the number of new H-1B beneficiaries from India.

"The number of beneficiaries from India approved for initial employment decreased by 4.1 per cent in fiscal 2017, while the number of beneficiaries approved for continuing employment increased by 12.5 per cent in fiscal 2017," the USCIS said in its report.

After Indian tech professionals, China  workers came a distant second by securing 9.3% H-1B visas in 2016 and another 9.4% in 2017.

Extensions, sequential employment and concurrent employment are part of continuing employment petitions for foreigners already in the US. Extensions are usually filed for H-1B workers intending to work beyond the first 3-year period up to 6 years, which is the maximum period permissible under law.