The U.S. government plans to restrict (or limit) the number of H-1B Visas issued per year to 10% to 15% of Annual Cap.
Looks like Indian officials were informed about this by the U.S recently (June 2019) about possibilities of adding a H1B Visa country cap for Indians as per Reuters exclusive report.
Update: The Department of State has responded to the above article that as follows on June 20, 2019.
“The Trump Administration has no plans to place caps on H-1B work visas for nations that force foreign companies to store data locally,” a State Department spokeswoman said in a statement in response to the Reuters article.
So, it’s all good for now, there will be no cap on H1B Visa.
The H1B Visa Annual Cap:
Right now, there’s no per country cap for H1B Visa issuance.
You may be aware that, Employment and Family-based Green Card has country cap limits, which causes decades of backlogs for Green card applications.
- Annual Cap for H1B Visa:
- 65,000 for General Quote
- 20,000 for Masters Quota
H-1B Visas are issued by random lottery selection since the number of petition far exceeds the available annual H1B Visa quota.
H1B Visa Usage per Country:
As per the latest H-1B Visa data from USCIS, nearly 62% of Initial Employment H1B visa was issued to Indians.
If there’s a per country cap is applied to H1B Visa for Indians, the number of H1B Visa issued for Indiana would look like this
- 2017: 16,215
- 2016: 17,175
The latest number we have from USCIS shows that over 96,000 H1B petitions were submitted under the Masters Cap.
Can you even imagine what would be the impact if a country cap were to be implemented for H1B Visa?
I’m not sure, if Country Cap can be implemented via Rule Making or USCIS Memo or a new bill have to be passed by the Congress and signed into the law.
Future H1B Visa applicants should keep a close eye on this H1B Visa Country cap news and hope the officials from both the countries can sort this out before such a plan is implemented.
If there are any other developments, we will post an update.