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Top H1B Visa Sponsor Companies in FY2010 (inc. E3 Visa)

You may remember that we did a post early in 2009 for the top 100 companies that sponsored H1B visas in FY2009 as well as our much broader list of US Visa Employers. These lists also include us visa sponsorship in the E3 visa category, however this is a very small subset of these lists so we developed our E3 Visa Employer list.

Now H1B visa season in FY2010 only recently concluded on December 21, 2009 over 8 months after the season began on April 1, 2009. In recent years this quota has been filled in short time after this April 1 date but due to the US economic downturn and the many lay-offs, this past year the season went far longer than was expected and was extended past the usual end of the US immigration calendar year on September 30.

While the full official final list of biggest H1B visa employers for FY2010 (as mentioned this includes E3 visa as well) for the season has not been released, this preliminary list has been released for the Top employers this past US immigration year.

You will notice if you compare the top 25 employers of US visas in 2009 to the past Top 100 employers list we did last year, that many companies like InfoSys, Tata and Satyam have dropped substantially both in the number of US visas for foreigners applied for and their overall rank. In the cases of Tata and Satyam, they are not even on this top list anymore.

This further shows again both the fallacy of the arguments perpetuated by bigots in the US Congress and the US media about foreign companies (mainly Indian) taking the jobs of US citizens. Hey as mentioned even if they did, it would still only represent a tiny fraction of the total US workforce and so would also not be taking those jobs. That is not even to mention the huge net positive benefit to the US both recently and throughout history of this pro immigration policy in massive job and wealth creation for all of the US.

Additionally it shows the fear many companies have in the US. Both foreign owned and locals like Microsoft and Google were  more reluctant to hire highly intelligent and qualified foreign talent for fear of unfair and unjust media reprisal in the current economic climate. That is not to mention the TARP companies who were virtually forbidden hire foreigners regardless of their skillset to help get them out of their mess.

Top 25 US Visa Employers in 2009 for FY2010

1. Wipro 1,964
2. Microsoft 1,318
3. Intel 723
4. IBM 695
5. Patni Americas 609
6. Larsen & Toubro Infotech 602
7. Ernst & Young 481
8. Infosys 440
9. UST Global 344
10. Deloitte 328
11. Qualcomm 320
12. Cisco Systems 308
13. Accenture 287
14. KPMG 287
15. Oracle 272
16. Polaris Software Lab India 254
17. Rite Aid 240
18. Goldman Sachs 236
19. Deloitte & Touche 235
20. Cognizant 233
21. Mphasis 229
22. Satyam 219
23. Bloomberg 217
24. Motorola 213
25. Google 211


H1B Visa FY2010 Status Update – October 2009

Even though we mentioned earlier that the last day for H1B visa filings was September 30 in our August update, things may have changed based on an ambiguously worded directive from the USCIS. This is also backed up by many law firms stating that they are still processing current H1B visa petitions fro FY2010.

Of course the dramatic job losses of the first half of the year slowed dramatically in the 2nd half of 2009 in the US and many laid off H1B workers, recent F1 student visa graduates and just general job seekers have had better chances finding work in recent times.

Although it should be said the overall national unemployment rate is still high at 9.8% and some sectors of the economy like finance are still reeling. However highly skilled workers and especially in industries like Online, Health, Education and New Energy are sought after and companies are certainly advertising in these areas.

So back to the H1B visa which like all US visas follow the US Immigration year which starts on October 1 and ends on September 30 the following year. So when H1B Visa FY2010 applications open on April 1, the general course of events is that the people who get these H1B visas are eligible to work from October 1, 2009. This is the beginning of FY2010.

However this year has been unusual due mainly to the economic events which have meant things like the H1B visa quota and H1B visa lottery, which have been major talking points in recent years were non-existent issues this year. Instead replaced by other issues like the anti H1B visa legislation introduced to Congress but yet to be debated formally.

So now we get to the recent unexpected announcement by the USCIS which states verbatim;

As of September 25, 2009, approximately 46,700 H-1B cap-subject petitions and approximately 20,000 petitions qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption had been filed. USCIS will continue to accept both cap-subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits, taking into account the fact that some of these petitions may be denied, revoked, or withdrawn.

What this seems to be saying is that the USCIS will continue to process H1B visa petitions beyond the September 30, 2009 end of the Immigration year. So if you are still searching for a job, don’t give up as the H1B visa opportunity seems to be still open and your dreams are still alive 🙂
The beauty of this is since October 1, 2009 has passed, as soon as the application is approved you will be able to begin work which is another selling point to a potential employer and sponsor.

Good Luck,