Outdated H-1B Visa Policy Forcing Indian Talent to Move to Other Countries, Says Experts

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Outdated H-1B Visa Policy Forcing Indian Talent to Move to Other Countries, Says Experts

Without Congressional action, the overall backlog for Indians in all three employment-based categories will grow from 9,15,497 people now to 21,95,795 people by fiscal 2030, according to Researchers.

FREMONT, CA: Due to the outdated H-1B visa policy in the United States, highly sought-after Indian talent is fleeing to other countries, according to immigration and policy experts in the United States, who have demanded Congress to act quickly to prevent this.

The experts also claim that the outdated H-1B visa rules have forced the Indian talent to flock to Canada in significant numbers. However, according to experts on Tuesday, it's primarily due to the per-country quota on giving employment-based green cards or permanent residency.

Without Congressional action, the overall backlog for Indians in all three employment-based categories will grow from 9,15,497 people now to 21,95,795 people by fiscal 2030, according to Researchers.

According to the National Foundation of American Policy review of US government statistics, the number of overseas students from India enrolled in graduate-level computer science and engineering at US colleges decreased by more than 25 percent between the 2016-17 and 2018-19 academic years (NFAP).

As put the fall in perspective, international students make up about 75 percent of full-time graduate students in computer science at US institutions. Moreover, two-thirds of international students at the graduate level in computer science at US universities were from India. Although fewer Indian students were traveling to America, the number of Indian students attending Canadian colleges increased by 127 percent from 76,075 in 2016 to 1,72,625 in 2018, according to the Canadian Bureau for International Education.

The Canadian Government made it easier for businesses to recruit and retain employees.Numerical constraints on high-skilled temporary visas, on the other hand, prevent the great majority of foreign-born candidates from working in the United States in any given year.

Employers filed 3,08,613 H-1B registrations for cap selection for FY 2022 in March 2021. However, only 85,000 H-1B petitions were approved.That indicates that more than 72percent of H-1B registrations for high-skilled foreign nationals got denied even before an adjudicator assessed them.