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Over 21,00,000 Indians applied for H-1B visa in last 11 years: Report

On an average, their salary over the last 11 years has been USD 92,317 and an overwhelming majority of them are masters or bachelor's degree holder.

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

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More than 21 lakh Indian technology professionals have applied for H-1B work visas in the last 11 years, an official report has said.

The report of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has also refuted the impression that those who applied for the visa were not highly qualified.


On an average, their salary over the last 11 years has been USD 92,317 and an overwhelming majority of them are masters or bachelor's degree holder.

According to the report since 2007 till June this year, the received 3.4 million (34 lakh) H-1B visas applications, of which people from accounted for 21 lakh. During the same period, the US issued H-1B visas to 26 lakh people, the said in its report, which however does not give countrywide breakdown.

In terms of number of H-1B applications between 2007 and 2017, is followed by a distant with 296,313 H-1B applications, (85,918), (77,359), and (68,228).

The report said majority (23 lakh) of the beneficiary of H-1B visas were in the age group of 25-34, and 20 lakh came from the computer related occupation category. Computer was followed by architecture, engineering, and surveying (318,670), education (244,000), administrative specialisations (245,000), and medicine and health (185,000).

Sometimes people post their retirement age have been given H-1B visas. In all these 11 years, more than 2,000 foreign nationals of more than 65 years of age received H-1B visas. This year alone so far 122 H-1B visas have been allocated to those above 65 years.

The report said custom computer programming services industry received the maximum number of 999, 901 H-1B visas in these years. It was followed by computer systems design services (287,000) and college universities and professional schools (229,00).

Contrary to the general perception, the average salary of H-1B visas have increased significantly since 2007 when it was USD 68,159. In 2017, the average salary of H-1B visas holder foreign guest worker is USD 92,317.

The USCIS's report was first reported by Breitbart

"The date shows that between 2007 and 2017, the H- 1B visa, which imports foreign workers to take American jobs, the programme has grown exponentially. The vast majority of visa-holders are from India," Breitbart said, adding that roughly 70 to 80 per cent of the foreign workers imported every year are from

The Trump administration is currently reviewing the H-1B visa policy.

First Published: Tue, August 01 2017. 11:23 IST
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