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Top Industries for H1B Visa Applicants

Written By The Shapiro Law Group on July 13, 2021

Some industries see far more H1B visa applications than others, and some companies are leading H1B sponsorships ahead of others. The following are some of the top industries and sponsors for H1B visas.

Leading Industries

According to recent reports, several industries are seeing the largest numbers of Labor Condition Applications (LCAs) for H1B visas. The total number of LCAs for each industry includes new, renewed, and transferred LCAs. The average salary for these industries is the average proffered salary on Form 9035 or LCAs. 

The top five industries listed include:

  1. Computer Systems Design and Related Services — 313,857 LCAs and an average salary of $97,056
  2. Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services — 44,393 LCAs and an average salary of $102,678
  3. Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools — 28,504 LCAs and an average salary of $83,240
  4. Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services — 19,841 LCAs and an average salary of $83,695
  5. Software Publishers — 16,803 LCAs and an average salary of $127,855

Other popular industries included accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services, along with scientific research and development services.

Top Visa Sponsors

A majority of the top industries for H1B visas fall under technology and consulting. As a result, technology and consulting firms are among the top sponsors of H1B visas that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) data revealed. 

An article in the New York Times explored each of these companies and concluded that the Trump administration’s efforts to restrict the H1B visa didn’t create jobs. However, many companies decided to outsource their work due to immigration restrictions under Trump.

According to USCIS and the New York Times article, Infosys was the leading H1B sponsor with 5,521 applications in 2020, followed by Amazon with 4,910 applications. Other leaders on the list included Cognizant, TCS, HCL, Microsoft, Capgemini, Google, and IBM.

Ultimately, many H1B visa applicants will be able to find high-paying work with some of the largest tech companies. While consulting firms and other business services sponsoring these business visas may pay less, there are still plenty of opportunities with these companies.

If H1B visa applicants are seeking sponsors, they’re likely to find one through top tech and consulting firms, with some of the most popular positions being in software and computer system design and development. Otherwise, the H1B visa sponsors database can help people find a position that’s more suited to their skills and expertise.