Though the number of H-1B visas issued to Indians dropped by 4% in the 12-month period ending September 30, 2017, about 63% visas were approved by the US authorities for Indians. Last year around 70,737 visas were allotted to Indians. Despite the 4% drop compared to prior year, Indians were the largest beneficiaries of H-1B. beneficiaries. Indians bagged 67,815 of the total 1.08 lakh visas issued. As per reports, USCIS received a total of 190,098 H-1B petitions during the filing period for 2018-19. Every year, about 85,000 visas are issued by the US authorities including 20,000 from Masters quota.
The guidelines for allocating visas have become stricter even though it is still a lottery based. This is specific third-party placements where the beneficiary will be employed in a specialty occupation.
Trump called the temporary nonimmigrant H-1B visa program “a cheap labor program” and very critical of the program as companies are replacing Americans with people hired from abroad to do monotonous work for less pay than their American counterparts.
In another development, a group of former Disney employees have dropped their lawsuit. They accused Disney of discriminating against them by replacing them with H1B visa holders. Sara Blackwell, the US attorney who had filed a lawsuit on behalf of the 250 Disney IT workers in 2014, said, “we have lost. Unfortunately, we lost because it’s legal. You cannot win a lawsuit against them, because this is a legal way of doing business. And if you are outraged, then you need to do something about it.”