Three-fourths of H-1B visa holders in 2018 are Indians: U.S. report

Highlights:

  • Indians account for 73.9% of the total H-1B visa holders in the U.S.
  • Nearly three out of every four H-1B visa holders as of October 5 are Indian citizens, an official U.S. report has said.
  • According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), there were as many as 419,637 foreign nationals working in the U.S. on H-1B visas as on October 5.
  • Of these, 309,986 are Indians, the USCIS said in its report ‘H-1B petitions by gender and country of birth fiscal year 2018’
  • The report reveals a massive gender disparity - only one out of every four H-1B visa holders is female. Of the 419,637 H-1B visa holders, 106,096 (or 25.3%) are females as against 311,997 (or 74.3% males).
  • Gender disparity is wider among Indians.
  • Of the 309,986 Indians on H-1B visas in the U.S. this October, only 63,220 or 20.4% are females while nearly 245,517 Indians on H-1B visas or 80% (79.2% to be precise) are males. 
  • As many as 1,249 Indians on H-1B visas have been characterised in the category of missing/others.
  • Indians, who account for 73.9% of the total H-1B visa holders in the U.S., are followed by a distant Chinese with 47,172 on H-1B visas, accounting for 11.2% of the total foreign nationals on this work visas.
  • But there is not much gender disparity among the Chinese on H-1B visas. According to the report, 21,342 or 45.2% are females and 25,718 or 54.5% are males.
  • After India and China, Canada and South Korea are the only two countries which account for a little over one% (1.1% to be precise) each on H-1B visas.
  • After that all other countries constitute less than 1% of the H-1B visas as of October 5.
  • The Philippines is the only country in top 10 H-1B visa holders wherein there are more females (1712 or 52.7%) on H-1B visas than males (1519 or 46.7%) on H-1B visas. 
  • As of October 5, as many as 3,250 professionals from the Philippines were on H-1B visas.
  • The H-1B gender report was released days after the Trump administration came out with its unified fall agenda, in which it said that it plans to make changes in the definition of specialty occupation for the definition of H-1B visas and re-redefining the relationship between employees and employers.
  • The proposed regulations, it said, is aimed at attracting the best and the brightest from across the world, prevent the abuse of H-1B visas which is consentient with the hire American agenda of the Trump administration.
  • The USCIS is also proposing to introduce a pre-registration system for foreign students in the U.S. Technically it is possible that if 85,000 such students succeed in getting H-1B visas, no overseas applicants could apply.
  • 4) On 20 October 2018 China performed the full-fledged test of a huge amphibious aircraft that has been claimed to be the largest amphibious aircraft currently in operation. What is the code name given to this aircraft? - AG600
  • AG600 is the code name of China’s ambitious amphibious aircraft that has been claimed to be the world’s largest amphibious aircraft in operation. It is equal in size to a Boeing 737.
  • The first water take-off and landing of AG600 was successfully performed on 20 October 2018 outside the city of Jingmen in central China.
  • The aircraft is designed for maritime rescue, long-range transport and firefighting operations. The machine can take up to 50 passengers on board and can take in some 12 tons of water in just 20 seconds.