Growth in H-1B numbers compared to last year

The number of H1 visas issued this year upto June 25, 2010 stood at 55,477, as compared to the 55,050 in the same period for the previous year.
Likewise, there has been an increase in L visas too, from 31,314 to 35,504 in the same period.
According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the quota for H1B visas for 2011 is anticipated to get consumed by August 2010 and the PhD and graduate students H1B quota will be exhausted by the end of July 2010.
Minister, Counselor for Consular Affair at U.S. Embassy, James W. Herman said, "We expect the rise to continue in the remaining months of this financial year. There was a bottoming out last year because of the economic downturn. But now there's an upswing,"
The work permit visa's 30 percent increase in China is due to the fact that, "The higher growth in China than India is probably because we issue shorter duration visas in China," adds Herman.
In order to restrict the cases of visa forgery, the U.S. department of homeland security has also included more people across India with honed skills in complex law enforcement procedures.

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