3.01 Lakh H-1B Visa Applications of Indians Approved During Fiscal 2021


Nidhi bahl
Updated on Apr 18, 2022 11:03 AM IST

India-born individuals obtained a significant portion of the H-1B visa allotment done during fiscal 2021, a new report by the US Department of Homeland Security suggests.

3.01 Lakh H-1B Visa Applications of Indians Approved During Fiscal 2021
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Indians continued to obtain the maximum number of H-1B visas out of the total allotment done during fiscal 2021, according to a new report published by the US Department of Homeland Security.

About 4.07 lakh H-1B visas were approved by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during fiscal 2021. This figure is slightly lower as compared to the figure approved in the previous, which was 4.07 lakh. The important thing to note here is that Indians bagged more than 74% of the approved H-1B visas in both the years.

In 2021, 74.1% of the total approved H-1B visa applications belonged to Indians whereas this figure stood at 74.9% in the previous year. This means that 3.01 lakh Indians in 2021 and 3.19 lakh Indians in 2020 were the beneficiaries of the allotment.

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On another note, China-born individuals were behind significantly as only 50,328 people were able to bag an H1-B visa - which accounts for only 12.4% of the total allotment during fiscal 2021. In 2020, only 51, 597 China-born individuals were allotted the visas, which accounts for 12.1% of the total approved visas.

H-1B Visa Allotment (Top 3 Countries of Birth)
Country Number of Approved Applications (2021) Percentage of Application Approved (2021) Number of Approved Applications (2020) Percentage of Application Approved (2020)
India 301,616 74 319,494 75
China 50,328 12 51,597 12
Canada 3,836 1 3,987 1
Global Total 407,071 100 426,710 100

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Another important observation in the report is that the maximum number of H-1B visa applications approved during fiscal 2021 belonged to individuals involved in computer-related occupations. About. 2.80 lakh applications belonged to this sector, which accounts for 68.8% of the total allotment.

With inputs from TOI

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