The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has received over two lakh H-1B applications for the season 2019-20, an increase of 10,000 petitions over that received by the agency last fiscal.
The application process started on April 1, 2019. For FY19, the petitions filed were 190,098.
Analysts believe the 5 percent increase in applications this year - after two years of decline - is a telling sign that the Indian IT industry, which is the biggest beneficiary of H-1B visa offered to skilled immigrants, is on a revival mode.
Rogelio Caceres, Co-Founder, LCR Capital Partner, an advisory firm, said, “There is a general increase in hiring activity and that is reflected in H-1B as well.” Caceres explained that there is a 20 percent increase in hiring activity in the IT sector.