H-1B Employer Data Hub Shows Which Firms Seek Visas

Curious about how many employers are submitting H-1B visa petitions? U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) now has a website that could answer some of those questions.

This website, the H-1B Employer Data Hub, allows you to input a company name, state/city, ZIP, fiscal year, and a NAICS code, and receive a list of H-1B petitions and approvals. (NAICS codes are aligned with employment categories, including Manufacturing, Information, and (many) more.) You can also download data in .csv format.

For those new to the Data Hub, it isn’t the easiest website to use. You can probably achieve best results by leaving the NAICS Code box unselected (i.e., “Select a NAICS Code”), as that will cast out the widest “net” for each company you select.

Also, entering the name of the company won’t necessarily generate the results you need, as David North noted in a blog posting for the Center for Immigration Studies. “You see the full name of the employer, does not necessarily produce data on that employer in all cases,” he wrote. “It does, for most years, with Harvard University (one of the examples I used in my posting), but it does not for Princeton University (and other Ivies, such as Dartmouth, and the University of Pennsylvania).”

He advised: “You need to try a shorter version of the name and see what you get.”

USCIS recently resumed premium processing for all H-1B petitions after suspending it in early 2017 (in this context, “premium” means a guaranteed 15-day processing time or the petitioner’s premium processing fee will be refunded). The suspension made it more difficult for petitioners to obtain H-1B visas; it also made it harder for H-1B visa holders to jump jobs or even move to new company offices.

According to data from USCIS, approvals of completed H-1B applications hit with an RFE (Request for Evidence) declined noticeably year-over-year in the first quarter of 2019. In other words, premium processing might have re-opened, but some companies are facing a heightened degree of additional scrutiny.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration has tightened many aspects of its immigration policy, and tech pros say they’re experiencing the effects. In the most recent HackerRank DevSkills report, for instance, some 25 percent of tech pros said the administration’s immigration policies had discouraged them or someone they know from applying to jobs in the U.S. Nearly one-fifth (17.20 percent) were unable to get a visa to work in the United States.

12 Responses to “H-1B Employer Data Hub Shows Which Firms Seek Visas”

  1. Given the competitive state of the economy, these visas are more necessary than ever. Unemployment is at 3.8% and will surely go down, proving that H1B not only does not affect the economy, but makes it thrive.

    A big thank you to those thousands and thousands of H1B workers supporting the US technology business!!

  2. john S

    It would be nice if they listed all the name and nationality and talents they brought along of those H1B visa holders who worked at those companies. You know, we sure would like to pick up those skills they have since our boss rarely told us what they wanted from us.

  3. why always target h1b? L visa..get green in no time. US over crowded already, all city greenery destroying by new shopping, bill boards, and apartment buildings etc. no one is bothering. US is like a dumping yard for the world. stop all visa, student visa fraud and save US generations.

  4. Abhishek Mishra

    There are pros and cons of everything. Work Visa (H1B, L1 etc.) are no exception.

    The intent with which these programs were instituted were good. The immigrants have helped America continue to be the most advanced country.

    Unfortunately, over the years, companies and body-shoppers have exploited it and has brought the program to its knees. It has resulted in not so good socio-economic consequences for many. If the requirement is filled with merit and specialized skill or productivity and efficiency, the argument is worthy and justified. Unfortunately, these are driven under the monetary umbrella of cost-cutting and employing cheap labor.

    History teaches us that the consequences are understood in the long-run….cheap is cheap. But then the damage to the families, society, economy and country is already done.

    So the need of the hour is for legislation to first acknowledge that the process is broken and severely abused. It’s important to recognize how loopholes are hurting the program and implement stringent measures around it.

  5. It looks like H1B program abuse still didn’t stop. Come on, 15-17% H1B visa refusal rate? We need only highly skilled workers who are equally distributed across different industries. Best of the best around the globe!

    Majority of job seekers now go from one country and mostly work in IT/Semiconductor sector. Look at any IT department of any major bank in NYC. There are no Americans. Only one nation presented and most individuals aren’t rock stars at all!

    Experienced locals constantly get replaced with cheap H1B labor at huge rate. It got so bad that young Americans don’t want to work in IT anymore.

    • Robert Heath

      This “Data Hub” does NOT show, job title, salary, worksite address, case number, country of origin, and many other important data.

      After reviewing the data, I wonder why IBM, IBM PRIVATE INDIA LIMITED, KFORCE, DELOITTE, and other employers are not self identifying as H-1B Dependent employers.

  6. If corporations really want to save money then why don’t they use the H1B to replace the CEO. I’m sure they could find a more than qualified candidate that would work for a fraction of the cost.