According to Computerworld’s analysis of US government data obtained through the Right of Information Act, in 2014, 86% of the total H-1B visas issued for computer workers were granted to Indian nationals.
On the other hand, despite being the third largest US immigration group behind Mexico and India, China lagged far behind in second place. Only just over 5% of H-1B visas were used to hire Chinese computer professionals for IT occupations.
Lindsay Lowell, director of policy studies at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of International Migration was quoted by Computerworld saying, “Offshore companies that provide IT services prefer young H-1B programmers because the visa offers control over this contracted short-term workforce, it permits them to pay less than they would for experienced natives and they cultivate programmers who can better serve their clients after returning home to India.”
Every year, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) allocates a total of 85,000 H-1B visas to skilled foreigners to fulfill job necessities in the US. Out of these, 65,000 visas are allocated to IT and non-IT workers and remaining 20,000 visas are allocated to foreign students in the US.
To learn more about the H-1B visa, visit our H1B Visa Guide.