H-1B Denials: Which Tech Companies Are Getting Hit the Hardest?

Denial rates for initial H-1B applications continue to rise, according to a new analysis by the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP). But not all H-1B employers are created equal when it comes to these denials; business services and consulting firms continue to face a rising number of rejections compared to the pre-Trump era.

Crunching numbers from the USCIS H-1B Employer Data Hub, NFAP discovered that denial rates for H-1B petitions for initial employment have risen from 6 percent during fiscal year 2015 to 29 percent through the second quarter of fiscal year 2020. That is a marked increase from 21 percent in fiscal year 2019, as well as a jump from the 24 percent dial rate in FY 2018.

Compare those numbers to a decade ago, when the denial rate hovered around 8 percent. In addition, denial rates are rising for all large tech companies, through at generally a far lower rate than the big consulting and business-services firms that subcontract H-1B workers to other firms. 

“The highest denial rates continue to be for companies that provide information technology or other business services to American companies,” the NFAP wrote in its report (PDF). “The data indicate USCIS has established a different standard for deciding cases for companies that provide information technology (IT) services. Immigration law does not have a different standard for adjudications based on the type of firm or the location work will be performed.”

Here’s the company-by-company breakdown. If IBM’s denial rate seems high in comparison to other tech giants such as Amazon or Google, keep in mind that Big Blue also has a substantial business-services and consulting arm that’s likely taking the brunt of the denials:

Over the past few years, the Trump administration has enacted several measures to restrict the H-1B and other visas, climaxing with the President’s recent executive order that temporarily freezes new work visas. Although that order is framed as temporary, there’s always a chance that Trump could extend it further after the election. 

In addition, USCIS announced last month that it would adjust fees for visas, including the H-1B. This new fee structure, which includes a $4,000 price tag for renewals, could make things much more expensive for those consultancies that have built their business model around accumulating lots of H-1B workers and then subcontracting them out to other companies. 

The degree of those changes will hinge on the results of the Presidential election, of course, as well as the outcome of a few lawsuits currently working their way through the court system. In the meantime, however, the rate of denials for initial H-1B applications shows no sign of slowing down. 

76 Responses to “H-1B Denials: Which Tech Companies Are Getting Hit the Hardest?”

  1. Jimmy McGill

    This is great news for tens of thousands of USA-based IT workers laid off from these IT Service companies. And that’s a conservative estimate. If you are over age of 40 in IT forget about being rehired.

    • I am 58 US citizen and an Indian company asked for video interview and the person on the company side did not turn on the video. On seeing me the hurried the interview and I know immediately that I am age discriminated. I have no time or resource to file a law suit. All these consulting companies should be banned for H1B , specifically bringing people from other countries considering the current situation

      • Mark LaForest

        Sorry that you did not get the position, age discrimination is an issue that is really hard to prove in court. They ask for video interviews for 2 reasons, the obvious one to see how you interact and what knowledge you have, and the not so obvious one; Their fellow countrymen have this habit of having someone who has the knowledge stand-in for them since they don’t have the knowledge. The interviewer takes a picture of the interviewee, and it is passed to the onsite manager when the hire goes through. If the picture does not match the person, they are terminated on the spot.

    • It does NOT matter if these companies saw their rejection rates go from 1% to 20% as long as 80,000 of the possible 80,000 visas are issued every year.

      and yes…all of the visas are getting issued regardless of the denials.

      Increased denials are nothing more than window dressing to get votes. Until the number of visas are reduced or higher standards are set for the visas, you will have 80,000 people a year coming in under this program once the visa suspension ends and the suspension will end regardless of who is in office.

      Improve your skills and stop worrying about this. The IT industry adds far more jobs within the US every year, than this program fills. The bottom of the ladder is where all the competition is, upgrade your skills and get the job you want.

  2. Why the heck am I getting five to 10 calls per day, from Indian recruiters hiring for American companies???!!! They’re doing what they’ve been doing and over the last 25 years. That is, driving down hourly rates and just simply making it tougher all the way around by making life much harder for American tech pros.

    • It’s not just the Indian body shops and their shitty language skill recruiters low-balling the rates. The hiring companies are taking extreme advantage of the current situation to drive hourly rates down. Both sides of the fence are colluding to d rive down labor rates! We are being sold out by American companies who don’t give a sh*t that they are turning this country into a 3rd World sh*thole.

    • So a candidate’s resume piques enough interest (i.e., actually lists the relevant technologies the client is looking for) to actually arrange for a face-to-face (or camera-to-camera) interview and then, seeing that the candidate is older, they suddenly lose interest and it’s because they don’t have an ability to learn?

      Please tell us all: at what age does one become afflicted with this inability to learn new things?

    • Nope. Usually the resume is enough to get a phone screening (without them seeing you face to face). The recruiter will usually be very happy about the call and arrange the in person interview.

      It is only after they see how old you are that it is a problem. Usually the interview feedback will be that you are overqualified and they went with another candidate. Explain how that is a refusal to learn new skills?

    • Thats a load of crap. I’ve learned different technologies my entire working career. There’s an arrogance characteristic that’s a part of many east Asian tech workers. Most times – it is not warranted.

      • I get many phone calls a day from the Dothead staffing agencies and have come to hate them. Their verbal and written English skills SUCK, they don’t know what they are recruiting for and they all read from the same script. The first-line recruiter has absolutely no authority to negotiate anything and here’s a tip: NEVER, EVER tell them first what you want per hour. Have THEM quote you the rate. That way, if it’s insultingly low, you don’t waste your time. I’m in IT Procurement and negotiate all day on pricing, Ts & Cs, etc. and I NEVER, EVER give the Desi recruiter a rate first. If they come in with a real lowball, oftentimes, I simply hang up. Other times, if I feel like being polite, all I say is “not interested” and hang up. I no longer waste time with Indian recruiters who quote absurdly low rates or, send me jobs I am not qualified for.

  3. The offshore companies mentioned above should be forced to hire US based locals from within US instead of just importing 99% from out of US. In most big US financial & Tech companies a US local contractor (through a US based staffing firm) can only work for 18-24 month max…….However a contractor hired through the offshore company can work there for unlimited years. very unfair!

  4. Age. yeah. An excuse. I was over 40 when I got my BS in Computer Science. Then I went to grad school, got my MS in Computer Science. Nobody ever wanted to hire me because I was ‘too old’ and everyone ‘assumed’ I was lying about being a ‘recent grad’. What I was, was TIRED of idiot HR people who didn’t want to consider me for any-kind of IT job BECAUSE I didn’t have a degree, even though neither did Steve Jobs, and Apple reputedly had a preference for the non-decreed. And now we have these discussions of whether a degree is really necessary. In the meantime, I added PHP and C# to my repertoire of language skills after grad school. I even had an embedded C# temp-gig for a couple of months.

  5. Agree that the H1B system is abused to some extent but commenting without having the entire context/full picture is not right too..
    Only 85K {(65K) + (20K – for people with MS or higher degree from an US institution)} H1B visas are issued per year. The 20K students have varied degrees (not only IT) so those guys don’t pose an issue. But do we seriously think 65K new H1B workers a year in IT are making everyone in America unemployable in IT ?
    Also fun-fact: Most of the companies don’t sponsor H1B visas so those avenues are always open for ‘local talent’.
    If anything they should reduce the 65K quota or maybe abolish it and just keep the 20K for students who paid fees, got higher education from the US… This will trim the competition.

    But still feel the H1B issue is blown out of proportion and blamed for everyone’s unemployment kinda similar to BLM which blames all the short-comings to race and not self-reflection.

    • Allowing everyone into the country is causing all this turmoil in the country. Erasing American history? India should open their borders to let everyone come and buy agricultural lands and houses and remove old temples because now, India has a different demographic? I am an Indian Hindu living in US for the past 45 years, because I got married to one living here. I see the corruption Indian companies brought in to this country.

      • Part of the problem is both the GOP and the DEMS want open borders. The GOP to pander to their corporate donors for cheap labor and the Socialist Democrat Party for future voters.

        What we need to do to disincentivize this is to also REPEAL the 14th Amendment which created birthright citizenship. It unintentionally created, more than a hundred years after its passage the situation where every unwashed illegal asshole who makes into the US and drops their brat and the brat gets citizenship at birth. We are one of only two countries in the First World that does that! None of the EU countries, not the UK, Germany, Italy, Ireland, France have birthright citizenship – a family tie, generally a parent or grandparent must have been born in the country for the child to be able to claim citizenship.

        When the UK handed over Hong Kong, there were White residents of the colony who DID NOT have a right of abode back in the UK because they did not have a paternal or maternal grandparent born in the UK; their families had been removed from the mother country for that long. They were considered British Overseas Territory Citizens which at the time, did not permit “the right to remain” in the UK. WHy do you thinsk so many Hong Kong Chinese fled to Canada? The wealthier ones were able to BUY residency and ultimately, citizenship.

        Here in the US, we give citizenship to the flotsam that makes it across our southern border, the children born of tourists (especially from China, India, and other Asian shitholes).

        We must stop this uncontrolled influx into the country! We must start by repealing the 14th Amendment. Let the flotsam and jetsam of South and Central American and Asian shitholes stay home!

    • I’m not a big fan of all my foreign counterparts and have all kinds of cultural complaints like lying and covering up for fellow Indian workers but more than half of my fellow citizens don’t pull their weight either and are way behind the curve in their skills. If you don’t have jobs in your area, pick up and move or sit down and study.

  6. God knows I am no fan of Donald Trump, but I am 100% on board with this policy. If he does get re-elected, I hope that he will continue to clamp down on H-1Bs (or, better still, eliminate them). That will at least be a silver lining.
    Now, what are they going to do about offshoring of tech jobs?

  7. Anonymous

    Lot of IT jobs are posted these days but overall response is way too low. All these greedy vipers (consulting) are doing their due diligence by posting ad on various job portals to claim that no talent was found in US and thus need to import highly genius cheap labor yet again.
    Please do not let this momentum die and file complaints with federal agencies if you find anything fishy or unfair practices. Citizens are losing jobs in this pandemic and we need to change our labor policies in order to save our future generations.

  8. @Nishant “But still feel the H1B issue is blown out of proportion and blamed for everyone’s unemployment kinda similar to BLM which blames all the short-comings to race and not self-reflection.”

    You are seriously putting this on a tech thread on dice? How long have you lived in the US Nishant? Maybe you should do some research about how structural racism in America
    disproportionately segregates communities of color from access to opportunity and upward mobility by making it more difficult for people of color to secure quality education, jobs, housing, healthcare, and equal treatment, especially when faced with the justice system. It’s not hard to find relevant information about this. You just have to look beyond your blinkered prejudices.

    • I’m not a fan of BLM, but I will say that the H1B Visa allowed every large employer in my area to import talent rather than develop talent. There’s no reason for them to import workers from India when they could have developed local talent, especially local talent from the black community. Much of the unrest in my city can be blamed on bad job prospects for black Americans. If 10 years ago the large companies in my city had decided to develop local talent rather than importing workers, we wouldn’t have the riots that we had.

      • Two of the women who founded BLM admitted they are MARXIST activists. BLM is itself inherently racist and BTW, what do they have to do with the outsourcing of labor to Indian BPOs like WIPRO, INFOSYS, Cognizant, HCL, and TCS?

        George Soros, who is profoundly in favor of the destruction of the US and its economy funds BLM and ANTIFA. Keep that in mind.

  9. HAHAHAHA…the total number of approved H1B is exactly the same every year!, despite the number of denials. Since the quota is filled every year, these numbers really don’t matter. Keep dreaming about the end of H1B, our next INDIAN VICE-PRESIDENT will not shutdown the program.

  10. H1-B visa program is thoroughly abused. Someone was looking to get his old age parents to come and live with him. Guess what visa he used to get his father and father’s spouse (his mother, of course) to come and live in US permanently? Yes. Correct.
    These H1B visas are pushing down the salaries. There is no shortage of STEM candidates in US now. There is absolutely no need for H1B visa program now. It must end.
    H1B visa is just the beginning of abuse of the worker and the system

  11. H1-B visa program is thoroughly abused. Someone was looking to get his old age parents to come and live with him. Guess what visa he used to get his father and father’s spouse (his mother, of course) to come and live in US permanently? Yes. Correct.
    These H1B visas are pushing down the salaries. There is no shortage of STEM candidates in US now. There is absolutely no need for H1B visa program now. It must end.
    H1B visa is just the beginning of abuse of the worker and the immigration system

  12. Lol, the sheer ignorance in comments. This isn’t a great news for anyone, it’s a bad news. Google, facebook are very selective when it comes to hiring and hire top talent and pay very well, not low for employees on visa as implied by some here, Microsoft and apple being next, loosing those will be the loss of country. The scrutiny is random and idiotic, it will do more harm than good.

    Hypothetically, if 20% abuse H1B and if denial rate is 20% then it doesn’t necessarily balance the field if those 20% don’t match. Why companies abusing the system getting any percentage of approval and why companies that don’t are getting any denials.

    @Nishant BLM is not blown out of proportion, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

    @Cfix you idiot, look up, there is no way to bring parents permanently to USA for someone on H1B.

  13. AmericanSTEMWorker

    How many fraud cases from indian immigration do you want me to list? So no, scrutiny is not “random” and “idiotic”. It is more than clear that there is a corrupt values system being imported along with “high skills” as well.

  14. Melody Brooks

    Great first step to curb the H1B and other foreign Visa abuse. It’s a start to address the Military Industrial Complex aka Silicon Valley commercializing Tech trends and then trading in services for the likes of Boeing, Lockheed Martin and GE. This has nothing to do with race, economics only TRADE! If that’s the case, Bezos, Gates, Buffet made their $$Bilions$$ fraudulently.

  15. Average Citizen

    The H1B program is systematically abused. Period. Here is just a few examples:
    1 – I worked at Equinix – largest IP service provider in the world – of the 30 team mates only ONE was a US citizen. This is by design. MANY indian managers are racist and only hire indians. Familiarity breed acceptance.
    2 – I worked at many shops where the staff was > 80 indian.
    3. – The indians marry citizens to overcome the USCIS rules, i.e., one of them becomes a citizen and voila their entire family get brought over
    4 – They unfairly compete against citizens since the pay ZERO TAXES as aliens so they benefit from everything citizens provide and they do not contribute a thing. When i mean ZERO that is federal taxes, sales taxes, local taxes, etc.
    5 – There should be a LIMIT on the % of indian employees per company. say 10%.
    6 – They contribute ZERO to our culture or way of life and do NOT ASSIMILATE like all previous immigration groups. Some do not even learn English. This does not happen in China or France since they have STRONG policies against those who fail to assimilate. Imagine if Americans went to India an took over 90% of the best staffing positions in their largest industries – electronics, autos, science, government, defense, manufacturing. Remember that in India a $100 loan can force your family into slavery for over 300 years dues to their caste system. I remember hiring an indian kid who said he was qualified but he had no idea of what was SQL – he had forged his papers and this is a common problem. We fired him in a week.

    This is just a small sampling of the toxic effects of H1B from India, whose quote is exhausted in minutes every year. No other country has this effect.

  16. @AmericanSTEMWorker scrutiny is because not everyone is fraud who is paying for it. Companies like TCS, Infosys are the ones creating the issue. Get in to any of the FAANG or Microsoft and tell me the people working there are frauds. Have you ever interviewed with any of them?

    I get paid 240k + bonus in base and stocks, I have less than 4 years of experience. I have masters degree from US university. I assume in your definition I don’t have high skills and I am underpaid. I have interviewed with google, microsoft, amazon and oracle, getting a job there is good enough of proof of skills. The most important skill in tech field is problem solving, not the technical skills that are looked at by Uscis. Every new task is a new challenge, I have learned new set of tools, languages at every job I had and contributed well.

    • @rj45
      Regarding your response that everyone on h1b pays all taxes: I used to work as a tax preparer (I was an enrolled agent) and much of my work was with the returns of non-resident taxpayers such as H1B holders. Whether they pay all US taxes is immensely complicated. There are tax treaties with other countries that have to be taken into account. It is not necessarily the case that all US income tax is paid on their wages. There are a number of factors that must be considered. Most of these are intended to prevent double taxation.

      My career is in IT and about a decade ago I was laid off. While I was looking for new employment, I got a lot of calls from recruiters with Indian accents. The jobs they described were for a fraction of what I had made (and made again once I found work again) and offered minimal, if any, benefits. In order to get an H1B visa, the sponsor must prove they tried to find a US resident to fill the position and found no-one. H1B visas were originally intended for sports figures and entertainers. Years ago the Dallas Cowboys had try-outs for a place kicker. Not because they needed a new place kicker. They had a very good one, but he was from another country and needed his H1B renewed. They had to prove that they could find no US resident with his skills. The H1B was renewed. That one made sense.

    • What a shame for all that US education that you didn’t learn to write in English correctly. You seem to not know how to use “articles” prior to nouns and conjugate verbs correctly. What a shame US companies that claim they want people with excellent oral and written English skills hired another foreigner whose command of the same is seriously lacking.
      And yes, I’m talking to you!

  17. @Average Citizen

    1 & 2. get a job in better company, try opening account on teamblind and do some research to advance your career
    3. Lol, how many people do you see doing that. A white guy stole my bike and was selling it on Craigslist, should I say all white guys are thieves?
    4. Ignorance again, everyone in h1b pays all taxes. Yes, all, federal, state if there is any, FICA. Also they don’t get anything back on FICA as they are not citizens.
    5. How dumb are you? That would be discrimination.
    6. What a load of bs again. A person can learn SQL in days, if you hired a person who can’t even learn then you are an idiot.

    Good luck you racist idiot.

  18. Per recent news after court decision to dismiss Neufeld memo, the approval rate is 95%.
    The best way to stop chain business/corruption in IT to hire their own people or to stop visa holders to take away Citizen’ jobs is to make the law that client has to post job ad in local news paper and job websites, submit the documentation with interview results to USCIS if they want to hire visa holder for the job.
    Trump can only save Citizens from all types of visa imports.

  19. Jhonny J Walker

    Indian IT body-shop companies are willing to pay $36.47 per hour city like Manhattan, NY but they ask their prime vendors $125 per hour, these body-shoppers are nothing but brokers. H1B is one of the highly abused system. You don’t need any foreigners for IT jobs. In each and every US universities at least 300 students are graduating in computer science, computer engineering, management every year. why these IT companies are not hiring these US citizen from US universities and looking from a third world countries with lot of built in racism in the name of religion and birth?
    It is HIGH time to abolish this worker visa system for sure. I am voting for Trump in November 2020.

  20. H1b is tiny compared to number of jobs moved offshore. India, china, eastern europe etc. There are millions of overseas jobs in us firms. Don’t beat on the h1b visas. They come to the US to work while big business sends the jobs overseas. Rep and Dems are both guilty of encouraging the outsourcing of work by the tens of millions. All the large tech companies have way more overseas engineers or sub contractors than they have in the USA. If you want to get a good job fight for bringing engineering jobs home and not some crap steelworker or coalminer job.

  21. Although the article did not mention age, there most certainly is rampant age and gender discrimination in IT in America. I can tell you many stories. I just have to laugh at some of the posters here who are convinced that Trump is the answer. Please don’t vote on 1 issue, please think about all the issues. It is important to have a job but it is important to have a democracy.

  22. American IT worker

    As a contractor who has been to a number of companies, I know that the IT workforce is overwhelmingly H1B Indians. At least 80 percent of the workers are H1B Indians. I also know of very qualified, hard working American born IT workers out of work because of the H1B Indian workers swamp the IT field. The H1B workers are not superior to American workers. There are good, poor and okay H1B workers just like there are good, poor and okay American workers. The reason the H1Bs swamp the IT field is that they keep the IT pay rate very low, which is an advantage to greedy companies who don’t want to pay fair wages for highly skilled work often requiring a college degree. IT pay rates have been stagnant and even decreased since the 1990s, which is when H1Bs came on to the American IT work scene.

  23. Over the past few years, the Trump administration has enacted several measures to restrict the H-1B and other visas, climaxing with the President’s recent executive order that temporarily freezes new work visas.
    Although that order is framed as temporary, there’s always a chance that Trump could extend it further after the election.

    That’s why he is your President.
    Trump/Pence 2020
    Pence/Barr 2024

      • Doom and gloom. A terrible way to live your life.
        A quick anecdote.
        Last fall I purchased new vehicles for my wife and me. A pickup truck and an SUV, both full size, 4 wheel drive with V8s.
        One of my neighbors asked why we drive such big, efficient vehicles. My response is that the tree huggers convinced me to do it.
        “How is that?” he asked.
        Since I was told that the seas would rise and man will be extinct in 9 years, why would I squander that little amount of time driving a goofy Prius when I can cruise in comfort.

        Life is to be lived, regardless of what your ultra-liberal professors have taught you.

  24. Better run this as a Political Campaign. If you think H1B is not a fair play, better raise complaints as one of the commentator suggested. You can always prove something fraud, if it was so. Good Luck!

  25. American IT worker

    The H1B visa workers from India have overtaken the American IT work scene because they keep the IT workers pay rates way down in America. Wages have been stagnant since H1B workers legislation was passed in the United States. Now that H1B workers make up more than 8o percent of the USA IT labor force, IT wages have even been decreasing. IT work is highly skilled and often requires a college degree. It’s a shame that this H1B racket has been used to underpay the American IT workers. The American IT worker has been pushed out of the field due to the H1B workers.

  26. American IT worker

    The H1B visa workers from India have overtaken the American IT work scene because they keep the IT workers pay rates way down in America. Wages have been stagnant since H1B workers legislation was passed in the United States. Now that H1B workers make up more than 8o percent of the USA IT labor force, IT wages have even been decreasing. IT work is highly skilled and often requires a college degree. It’s a shame that this H1B racket has been used to underpay the American IT workers.

  27. I see that the usual suspects have an increased rate of denials (Accenture, Deloitte, Wipro, Cognizant, Infosys). Excellent!
    Thank you for starting my day on a high note. Brought a smile to my old face!

  28. Denials mean NOTHING! All of the slots are still filled EVERY YEAR…

    What we need to change is the quality of H1’s coming over. A minimum salary of $120k would change that. It could be done with the stroke of a pen by the president, but it still no action. He’s had four years and he hasn’t even mentioned such action. Time is now for change, tens of millions are out of work. We need to employ Americans first.

        • But guess what, if you elect me, your taxes are going to be raised, not cut,

          Joe Biden said that he would end fracking, during an exchange with a New Hampshire voter on Friday.
          Voter: “But like, what about, say, stopping fracking?”
          Biden: “Yes.”
          Voter: “And stopping pipeline infrastructure?”
          Biden: “Yes.”

          Biden Suggests Coal Miners Learn to Code To Be Prepared for ‘Jobs of the Future’
          [Then the coal miners can be undercut by the H1bs. Brilliant!

          Beto is Biden’s guy for gun confiscation.
          [Like it or not, guns and related activities are big business]

          Biden says investors ‘don’t need me,’ calls for end of ‘era of shareholder capitalism’
          [And where will the investment that creates new jobs come from?]

          Let me know if you want to play some more.

  29. I don’t know why Indians think they are better skilled in IT considering they all start off the same way as Americans do. All the innovation is created in America by Americans. Where is the innovation in India? I don’t see any tech products Made In India sold in our stores.

    Indians are playing the race card when in fact they are more racist than any other race. Every tech company I worked in where the majority of workers are Indian have a bias against other races. They dare to call us racist when we state facts about H1-B abuses when in fact they are engaging in race baiting. They are playing the victim card and claim they have just as much rights to work in the United States as anyone.

    I myself am a Nationalist. I believe our borders must be protected and we need to protect our own people. I respect all our own people regardless of race. And yes, I respect Indians who are born in the United States or naturalized just any American.

    The problem lies when a company in the United States is employed by a majority of Indian nationals where most are visa holders. I worked in that kind of environment and I am not impressed with their skills. And if unfortunately an American outshines them with stellar performance, they backstab and find every means to get them fired. I experienced this myself, and that is why H1-B has to go.

  30. I’m not seeing any reductions in offshore. They simply work from India.
    The pandemic is increasing the use of offshore/Indian IT workers. Not decreasing it.

    Also, I’ve spoken to many of my colleagues and we’re all being subjected to massive recruiting from Indian recruiters. All hourly rates are sub par and really toilet rates.

    What have you experienced??

  31. Looks like a temporary political maneuver by the Trump Administration. He campaigned on this in 2016 but only recently decided to do a temporary patchwork solution that will soon expire, regardless if he’s re-elected or not? Sham.

    If he really did believe in what he campaigned for he would have acted on this in 2017 along with his only accomplishment (the tax cuts).

  32. Jake Leone

    Obama was easy on the Offshore Outsourcing companies. During the Obama administration, when Americans were losing their homes and jobs, India built 100 billion dollar per year Service and Human export industry. In India they call the H-1b visa, the “Offshore Outsourcing” visa.

    Trump has been tough on the Offshore Outsourcing companies. Offshore Outsourcing companies do nothing but force Americans to train their H-1b replacements, as a prelude to moving the entire department, to India.

    One Trump executive order calls for changing to a Salary ranking to be used in determining which companies get H-1b visas. The current system uses a random lottery, which is insane. The current system is gamed, and mostly won, by Offshore Outsourcing companies (which pay the lowest salaries of all the H-1b users).

    Biden has said that he will rescind all of Trumps executive orders on the H-1b visa, including the change to a salary ranking, on Day-1 of his administration. And that is completely insane. It only makes sense if your goal is to return to the massive removal of jobs that occurred under Obama administration. That massive removal of jobs cost Hillary Clinton the election.

    We have to look at history and actual statements of the 2 candidates. And it is clear that Biden has an official policy that favors the removal of jobs from the United States and that Trump has put in place policies that at least slow this down considerably.

    India is ecstatic that Biden is leading in the poles. Biden will be the best thing that ever happened to India. Too bad for Americans Biden will be our President.

    The unemployment office suggests you call early if you want to reach anyone.

  33. Meramoodyhai

    In order to get an H1B visa, the sponsor must prove they tried to find a US resident to fill the position and found no-one. hey simply work from India. The pandemic is increasing the use of offshore/Indian IT workers. Not decreasing it.
    Also, I’ve spoken to many of my colleagues and we’re all being subjected to massive recruiting from Indian recruiters. All hourly rates are sub par and really toilet rates. I don’t know why Indians think they are better skilled in IT considering they all start off the same way as Americans do. All the innovation is created in America by Americans. Where is the innovation in India? I don’t see any tech products Made In India sold in our stores.

    Indians are playing the race card when in fact they are more racist than any other race. Every tech company I worked in where the majority of workers are Indian have a bias against other races. They dare to call us racist when we state facts about H1-B abuses when in fact they are engaging in race baiting. They are playing the victim card and claim they have just as much rights to work in the United States as anyone.

  34. It is outrageous that Infosys was having only a 2% rate in 2015. Infosys was found to have ‘misused’ virtually all the B1 visas they used over a 6 year period. They settled for a $35million fine. That there was literally no examination of the H1b visa at that time means either some people were bribed or bought off or true incompetence by our immigrations.

  35. This is a good thing.

    H1B has ruined the careers of thousands of American IT professionals, especially for minorities and those over the age of 50. I personally know experienced and well-qualified IT professionals who lost their IT jobs in the early 2000’s who have never worked in IT since. Some of them were actually forced to train their Indian replacements in order to collect a severance package.

    The lucky ones like myself have managed to get by with working for consulting firms (until getting laid off from the big firms after 2-3 years or getting fired from a small firm upon finishing an assignment) and with contracting jobs (which is nothing but glorified temp work).

    Now if they could only do something about the proliferation of unscrupulous and utterly dishonest Indian IT “recruiters” who will call out of the blue “about a job opportunity”, can barely communicate in English, immediately ask “what is the rate you’re seeking?” without providing any details about the job (other than “I sent you a job description”. Are you comfortable with the requirement?). If you express any interest, they will pressure you to immediately sign a Right to Represent (thereby preventing you from appoaching the employer on your own or through a realr recruiter), harass you with phone calls insiting that you “share your resume and return the RTR and skills matrix) “, then ghost you if you fall for the scam. A lot of them are people at an employer trying to collect a referral bonus or a kickback on the hourly rate – or their wives calling from the kitchen table.

    The few who actually do have a real job opening to fill have no intention of getting a non-Indian hired; they are merely contacting non-Indians to create an appearance of doing due diligence in searching for American workers .

    It’s gotten out of hand. 9 of 10 recruiter calls I receive are from those clowns. And I’m hardly alone. Something has to be done.

  36. Many people think closing H1B can give path to US citizens tech. Truth is, many big companies are not worried about H1B in recent days. They setting up offices in neighboring countries like Canada and some Caribbean islands so that software engineers from overseas can work in those offices. At least having h1b will give US benefits in many ways. Real estate, tax, airline industries etc.. To be honest it doesn’t make difference to me. I’m just speaking truth.

  37. I don’t usually post comments as always there are two versions to any story.
    Most of the American workers commented for their job right(they should) but instead of bringing race stereotypes to play blame/hate game that energy should be moved to asking government to abolish h1b or understand real economics why government is not willing to do so irrespective of party. If just having superiority issues thats a different conversation. Don’t hate the player hate the game. Fraud is present in any business can be mitigated by only adding more laws. As of now h1b have so many rules( minimum wage, amendments to name few) and can say very less loopholes for anyone to do fraud. Those days are over. Understandable from a smaller picture how it maybe impacting you. Can tech companies hire more people in first place if their products are not used else where? If they are making money else where they should hire people from else where too. Does it sound fair?
    Else ask your government lets just do business in our country and hire just us. Try pointing finger at self or own system depending on how you see it either understanding this simple economics it creates more profit for country hence more number of jobs are created or reduce profits reduce jobs I simply i am happy to blame myself I didn’t get a job. Looks other side most are familiar no secrets there.

  38. h1bproblems

    H1b’s also experience age discrimination. They are too old to hangout with OPT kids or to get a full time in American companies.
    And those who were employed during Obama 8 year term, will be getting their Permanent Residency (GC) now and will come back here and complain about too many Indians in US and want H1b stopped.
    H1b articles get flooded with comments but what about various other visa programs? Diversity lottery visa, family immigration, illegal immigration- may be those citizens who are impacted wont even have time to comment.

  39. No problem. We just need a government that will force a yearly 150 thousand dollar tax on any company which outsources a job, per job. That will stop all outsourcing. Any company which decides to leave the US in order to avoid these taxes will be banned from doing business in the US. That is what it would take to protect US jobs. I agree banning H-1Bs and sending every one of them home would have limited positive results.

  40. It’s all a scam !
    (USCIS) H1B candidates don’t even need the full four year degree to get the position that requires a four year degree.
    Can you imagine Americans getting such special treatment?

    Vote them out if they vote against American workers !