US mission in India issues record number of H-1B visas

Written by fe Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Oct 26 2011, 08:51am hrs
Illustrating the booming nature of Indo-US business relations, the US mission in India witnessed a record 24% increase in H-1B (specialised skills work visa) issuances between American fiscal years 2009-10 and 2010-11. The American fiscal year extends from October through September.

The number of H-1B visas issued increased from 54,111 in 2009-10 to 67,195 in 2010-11.

According to an official release from the US embassy in New Delhi, This 24% increase is tied to the highest ever H-1B application and issuance rates in the history of the mission to India. India is the single largest beneficiary of H-1B visas by a wide margin: in the past four years, applicants in India have received more than twice as many H-1B visas as the four next-highest countries combined.

India also remains the leader in issuances of L-1 (intra-company transfer) visas, issuing more than 25,000 L-1s in FY11 or 37% of issuances worldwide, the release stated.

Also, the US mission issued over 490,000 non-immigrant visas to Indian tourists, students and businessmen in the last year, an increase of 4.3% from the last financial year.

The US mission and its consulates in Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata have expanded their operations to cope with the ever increasing deluge of applications, said the statement.

The mission has also invested more than $100 million in updating and expanding its consular facilities.