Nepal becomes the country fifth largest foreign community to receive ‘H-1B visa’ to US!
According to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) report, 2,291 Nepali applicants received H-1B visa in the period between 2012 and May 2018.
This is a remarkable achievement as Nepal held the 13th position six years ago.
H-1B visa is an employment-based, non-immigrant visa for temporary workers. It is issued for a specialty job role requiring theoretical and practical application of a person with specialized knowledge. Additionally, a person who requires the H-1B visa should have at least a Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent.
‘India’ tops the list of US H-1B recipients with 101,211 applicants, followed by China, South Korea, and Taiwan.
According to USCIS, H-1B visa holders’ average annual income is USD 79, 165.
In another report published by the US State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Department a few months ago, Nepali students were found to be the ‘fastest growing international student population in US’.
The report recorded a 20 percent increase in Nepali student enrollments to US Higher Education Institutions in 2017, increasing the Nepali student population to 11,607
Although the enrollment data positioned Nepali students at ‘13th position’, their growth rate was higher compared to India with 12.3 percent, followed by Bangladesh’s 9.7 percent, Spain’s 7.9 percent, and China’s 6.8 percent.
Even the Nepal Education, Science and Technology Ministry record shows that 2,485 students were awarded ‘No Objection Certificates’ to pursue education in US. This puts Nepal on the fourth position after India, Australia, and Japan.
US is one of the world’s most sought education destination with a record of enrolling 1.08 million international students until 2017.