Indians obtained one third of US visa for speciality occupations in 2009

In 2009, as many as 123,002 Indians were issued H-1B visas out of a total of 339,243 – 36.3 per cent, the Department of Homeland Security said.

H-1B Visa, previously one of the most sought after US Visa categories, has experienced a slump in applications over the past two years due to the recession between the years 2007 and 2009. While overall numbers have dropped India continues to be the leading source country under this US Immigration category.

Only 24,200 applications for the US Visa were received ending July 2 this year.

US businesses use the H-1B US Visa programme to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise, in particular scientists, engineers, or computer programmers.

The sharp drop in applications for this US Visa has also resulted in decrease in short-term resident non-immigrants. In 2009, 364,757 Indians were in the US in this category, against 425,826 in 2008.  

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