Indians remain the largest national group applying for H-1B visas, which visa program enables US companies to bring to US, foreign workers in specialty occupations. In spite of the tighter rules, increased visa fees, criticism and the insecurity caused by the Trump Administration for visa holders and potential future applicants, the H-1B visa petitions have reached the highest number ever, in 2018.
In the last ten years, professionals from India filed 2.5 million H-1B visa applications. While the number of the rest of applications filed from nationals of other world countries from 2009 until now, is around 3.3 million.
According to a report by VisaGuide.World, in 2009 Indians filed 122,475 H-1B visa applications or 49.7% of the overall number of applications received by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. 10 years later, in 2018, the number of applications filed was as high as 309,986 or 73.9% of the total number of H-1B applications filed last year.
The number of applications filed by other countries, in particular from highly developed countries from Europe, remains low.
1.5 times more Indian women applicants than women from other nationalities together
There is a great gender gap when it comes to H-1B visa applications from India. In 2018, only 20.4% of applicants were women.
This means Indian women hold only around 1/5 of the overall petitions filed by Indians, with 63,220 petitions in 2018 so far. Yet, the number is still almost 1.5 times higher than the petitions of the rest of the women of other nationalities combined.
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Indians were more likely to get a request for extra documents than applicants from other nationalities
As the report by VisaGuide.World states, 2018 has been quite difficult for Indians to get an H-1B visa. Aside of an increase in the number of visa denials, more Indians that applied for an H-1B visa received a Request for Evidence, which means they had to submit additional documents to support their application.
In the first quarter of 2018, 18.2% of Indian applicants received a Request for Evidence, and 13.8% of the applicants from all other countries received such a request. The numbers increased so that in the last quarter of the year 72.4% of Indians and 61.2% of applicants from the rest of the world countries were asked for a Request for Evidence.
The report shows that USCIS adjudicators were much more likely to issue a Request for Evidence for applications from Indians than for people from other countries.