Three Indian IT services companies were among the top five recipients of H-1B visas in FY21, at a time when overall denial rates dropped drastically across organizations.
An investigation of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) data by the National Foundation of American Policy, a non-profit policy organization, found that Amazon got the largest number of H-1B visas for the second year in a row, followed by Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services and Cognizant. The denial rates for these organizations also were fundamentally lower. Averaging at 1-5% as against the last few years when it was more than 20% for IT services firms.
3 Indian IT cos among top 5 recipients of H-1B visas in FY21
The denial rates across organizations were also more uniform as against the last few years. When they were a lot higher for Indian services organizations when compared with US tech firms like Google and Microsoft.
The number of approved visas was probably going to be inflated. Because of processing issues and litigation, which had brought about petitions filed in FY20 being adjudicated in FY21. There were roughly 18,000 more approved petitions in FY21 compared with FY20. Perhaps because of USCIS processing issues brought about by the pandemic and expanded denials in 2020. Said Stuart Anderson, an executive order of the National Foundation for American Policy.
The denial rate for H-1B visas for continuing employment was 2% in FY21. It was much lower than the 12% denial rate in FY18 and FY19. Also, the lowest since data on H-1B denial rates became available, said the study.