Top H-1B Visas Employers: Who, What, and Where?

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The H-1B program is commonly used by U.S. Learn more about the employers who are filing petitions for H-1B visa. Chicago immigration lawyers Shapiro Law Group (847) 564-0712employers looking to hire foreign workers in specialty occupations – such as engineers, scientists, and computer programmers – that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialized fields, and, according to an NPR article, the tech industry is the prime beneficiary of the H-1B visa program. In fact, not only are tech companies the biggest recipients of H-1B visas, but they are also asking Congress to increase the number of H-1B visas made available each year.

Surprisingly, however, the biggest employers of foreign tech workers are not actually technology developers, but consulting companies, commonly known as “offshore-outsourcing firms.” The article reports that the top 10 recipients in the past fiscal year were all offshore-outsourcers, grabbing 40,000 of the 85,000 visas. Cognizant, a firm based in New Jersey, received 9,000 new H-1B visas alone. Infosys, Wipro, and Tata – which are all Indian firms – following closely behind.

Illinois H-1B Visa Employers

In 2011, Illinois employers were the fifth biggest recipient of H-1B visas behind California, New York, Texas, and New Jersey, receiving approximately 6,500 H-1B visas. Among the top 20 H-1B visa employers in Illinois in 2011 were technology companies like Verinon Technology Solutions and Motorola, as well as a number of universities such as University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Illinois, and the University of Chicago. Manufacturing companies like Caterpillar and Abbott Laboratories were also among the top 20 Illinois H-1B visa recipients in 2011.

H-1B Visa Eligibility Requirements

Given that the H-1B visa is intended for employees with technical expertise in specialized fields, it isn’t all that surprising that technology companies, universities, and manufacturers are among the top employers to apply for and receive these visas. In order to qualify for an H-1B visa, the following requirements must be met:

  • The applicant’s job position requires a bachelor’s or higher degree;
  • The applicant possesses at least a bachelor’s degree or its U.S. equivalent, or  a combination of education and experience equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s or higher degree; and
  • The wage offered to the applicant is at least the prevailing wage, or the actual wage paid to other professionals similarly employed, whichever is higher.

How We Can Help Illinois Employers Obtain the Necessary H-1B Visas

At Shapiro Law Group, our Illinois employment immigration lawyers focus on helping employers meet their employment and business needs by securing the necessary visas for their foreign national employees. We are well-versed in the application process and, as such, can advise you every step of the way.

With quota requirements in mind, we will work with you to promptly file the necessary application with the necessary supporting documentation.  Contact us at (847) 564-0712 to discuss your H-1B visa needs with one of our knowledgeable employment immigration attorneys.