Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Biggest Brain Drains: India Gets Nearly Two-Thirds of U.S. H-1Bs

Employees at a food court in Bangalore, India, on Feb. 4, 2013. Photograph by Sanjit Das/Bloomberg
Employees at a food court in Bangalore, India, on Feb. 4, 2013. Photograph by Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

As the fate of the H-1B visa program rests with the U.S. Congress, a lot of Indians -- at least 168,367 of them -- are losing sleep over proposed changes to the guest worker rules.

That's the number of Indians whose H-1B visa petitions were approved in the year ending in September 2012, according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. While it's no surprise that India gets the lion's share of these visas designed for skilled workers such as engineers, the latest figure represents 64 percent of the total, up from 58 percent the year before.