The US immigration agency said there were an estimated 583,420 H-1B authorized work permit visa holders in the United States as of September 2019.
This is the 1st time that the United States Citizenship and also Immigration Services (i.e USCIS) has released this data as well. The USCIS estimate of the H-1B population and also factors in applicants who have been gone on to acquire permanent resident status or moved out of the country.
It estimates that the overall authorized to work for the population in the first two quarters of the financial year 2020 (October-March) is expected to be approximately 10% higher than this. The H-1B population size has come under the scanner that recently with the unemployment levels in the US increasing on account of the Covid-19 induced lockdown and shutdown.
Last week, the Trump administration suspended issuances of new H-1B and other non-immigrant work permits until the end of this year in a bid to protect US jobs.
Although it does not impact current H-1B visa holders, there are concerns around them being targeted in the future.
“It turns out that from January to May, total employment increased by about 185,000 in the top 20 H-1B occupations, which account for 85% of all H-1B requests, according to the Current Population Survey,” said Bier.
“This is substantially different from the around 20 million cited by the president. Overall, unemployment in the H-1B occupations was already falling in May from April,” as he told. The USCIS report told – it “does not remove from the final estimate of the ATW (i.e. Authorised to Work) population, the aliens who held a valid H-1B visa or status but have abandoned their visa/status that leaving the United States permanently or did not attempt to enter the United States if they are the beneficiary of an approved like I-129 petition for the new employment. Nor does it remove from the final estimate aliens with a valid H-1B visa or H-1B nonimmigrant status who were denied entry by the Customs and also Border Protection (i.e. CBP) at the ports of entry.”