Top 25 Consumers of H1B in 2007 (that account to almost 20,000 Visas) now have to speak up about how they use H1B applicants. Senators Dick Durbin and Chuck Grassley have sent letters to these companies seeking answers to an array of questions that will reveal how these companies use H1B petitions. Click here to view a copy of the letter.
I guess, this is particularly relevant in the wake of two new bills submitted to increase the numerical limitation on H1Bs.
Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent a letter today to the top 25 recipients of approved H-1B visa petitions in 2007, seeking detailed information on how each firm uses the visa program. These firms were responsible for nearly 20,000 of the available H-1B visas last year.
- Infosys Technologies Ltd.,
- Wipro Limited,
- Satyam Computer Services Ltd.,
- Cognizant Tech Solutions,
- Microsoft Corporation,
- Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.,
- Patni Computer Systems Inc.,
- US Technology Resources LLC,
- I-Flex Solutions Inc.,
- Intel Corporation,
- Accenture LLP,
- Cisco Systems Inc.,
- Ernst & Young LLP,
- Larsen & Toubro Infotech Ltd.,
- Deloitte & Touche LLP,
- Google Inc.,
- Mphasis Corporation,
- University of Illinois at Chicago,
- American Unit Inc.,
- Jsmn International Inc.,
- Objectwin Technology Inc.,
- Deloitte Consulting,
- Prince Georges County Public Schools,
- JPMorgan Chase and Co., and
- Motorola Inc.
Numbers don't lie
It is quite evident from the numbers that, a very significant number of those companies are from India and as I understand the nature and intent of their H1B applicants is to come and work for US clients and coordinate out sourcing efforts and in most cases moving more jobs to India.
Another interesting issue is, as Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said in his testimony that companies like Microsoft may loose edge as they fail to garner global talent. In short, they are not getting enough H1Bs as other Indian counter parts are consuming a lot more and becoming a direct competitor for H1Bs.
So, what will happen now?
So how this problem is solved? Will Increase in H1B solve this issue? Or restricting Indian counter parts will reduce the impact?
If USCIS just increase the numbers, what is the guarantee that non-US companies won't consume a higher number again and leading to the same situation as today?
Can Indian companies offer a justification that stand a chance?
It is quite interesting to see how Indian companies defend their high numbers with reference to Competition and innovation argument in USA. Lack of such a justifiable explanation could definitely lead to restrictions imposed on these companies that may restrict if not prevent these companies getting such a high number of H1Bs.
Update: Full List of H1B Consumers of 2007 can be accessed here in an excel sheet at Information Week : Excel File