4 out of 1 are Indian resident non-immigrants in US

By Anusha
4/1 are Indian resident non-immigrants in the USA

Washington: Today, almost 7 out of 10 Indians dream of flying to the USA. The number of Indian students applying to US universities has reached an astounding figure!


The Department of Homeland Security released a snapshot of the resident non-immigrant population in the US this February and the snapshot shows that the number of Indians are more than the number of Chinese or Mexicans or any other country. Indians constituted the highest resident non-immigrants in the US. This is a category where business travelers, tourists and permanent residents are excluded. However, students and temporary guest workers like those on H1B visas are included.

Between 1st July 2011 and 30th June 2012, the population of the resident non-immigrants in the US had a mean of 1.9 million. About 45% i.e. 840,000 of the population consisted of temporary workers and their families. While, 40% i.e. 720,000 consisted of students and their families. A significant figure of 38%, accounting to 430,000 were Indians in comparison to 210,000 Chinese and 140,000 South Koreans. China and South Korea formed the next largest worker-flow nations. Only about 100,000 resident non-immigrants were from Mexico, which accounts for a huge number of unlawful migratory workers moving into US.

Out of the 720,000 overseas students recorded in 2012 by the Department of Homeland Security, 100,000 (14%) was accounted by India, 150,000 (22%) from China and 100,000 (13%) from South Korea. On the whole, about 980,000 i.e. half the resident non-immigrants were citizens from Asian nations, which included 23% from India, 11% from China and 8% from South Korea.

Despite the fact that doubts bloom regarding the discrimination against the Indians in the US visa regime, 1 out of 4 resident non-immigrants who may or may not become settlers recorded for 2012 in the US was an Indian. Commonly, they arrive at US under guest worker visa programmes like H4 (for children and spouses), H1B, F1/F2 (students and their spouses), L1/L2 (intra-company transferee) and J1/J2 (exchange students).

California was the favourite state for destination with i.e. 270,000 of the total non-immigrants of 1.9 million deciding to settle in the state as per the reports. New York (210,000), Texas (140,000), Florida (100,000), and Massachusetts (90,000) came as the next favourite destination states to settle. Around 720,000 resident non-immigrants i.e. 38% of 1.9 million were under 25 years of age. Further, 710,000 of these were in the age group of 25-34, implying an economic or education imperative in arriving to the USA.

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