According to the data released by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Indians continued to be the largest H-1B visa aspirants.
2.47 lakh Indians applied for H-1B visas between October 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017, the first nine months of the current US financial year. Indians account for 74 percent of the total 3.36 lakh visa application till June 30, 2017. China and Canada stand next, by very distant margin. 1.97 lakh applications have so far been approved.
The USCIS report shows that a total of 3 lakh H-1B applications were filed by Indians in 2015-16, of which 2.56 lakh were approved.
A total of 21.83 lakh applications originated from India between October 1, 2006 and June 30, 2017. As per the report, the number of Indians applying for H-1B visas has increased by 80.6% since 2006-07 to 2015-16.
IT sector continues to dominate H-1B visa applications, with Cognizant (US Corp), Infosys, TCS, Accenture and Wipro being the Top 5 tech companies to whom the visas were granted.