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India’s TCS among top 10 firms to get foreign labour certification for H-1B visas

Congress has limited the annual number of qualifying foreign workers who may be issued a visa or otherwise be provided with the H-1B status to 65,000 with an additional 20,000 under the H-1B advanced degree exemption

Washington: Tata Consultancy Services is the only Indian company among top 10 firms to get foreign labour certification for the H-1B visas for the fiscal year 2018, according to data from the US Department of Labour. The H-1B visas are the most sought-after among Indian IT professionals.

India’s Tata Consultancy Services or TCS is the only Indian company in top 10 for the year 2018. According to the Department of Labour in the fiscal year 2018, ending on 30 September, TCS had received 20,755 H-1B speciality occupation labour certifications.

The visa programme allows employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in the US on a non-immigrant basis in speciality occupations or as fashion models of distinguished merit and ability.

London-headquartered Earnest and Young, a multinational professional services firm, has emerged as the top employer to have received the certification.

In fact, Ernest and Young with 151,164 H-1B specialist occupation labour certifications accounted for the 12.4% of all foreign labour certification for the H-1B work visas for the fiscal year 2018 ending on 30 September, according to the latest annual report released by the Department of Labour early this month.

Ernest and Young is followed by Deloitte Consulting which received 69,869 H-1B specialty occupations labour conditions programme.

Indian-American owned Cognizant Technology Corp comes at number three with 47,732 speciality occupations labour conditions programme, the Department of Labour said in its latest annual report. Cognizant is followed by HCL America (42,820), K Force Inc (32,996), and Apple (26,833).

Qualcomm Technologies (20,723), Mphasis Corporation (16,671) and Capgemini America (13,517) are the other companies in top 10.

In the 2018 fiscal year the Department of Labour’s Office of Foreign Labour Certification processed 654,360 applications for the H-1B speciality occupations labour conditions programme, of which 599,782 were certified, 8,627 were denied and 45,951 were withdrawn.

It received requests for 1,266,614 position of which 1,223,053 were certified.

Among the positions certified, software developers and applications accounted for nearly one-fourth with 285,963 positions being certified.

This was followed by computer systems analyst (176,025), Computer Occupations (120,736), Software developers, system software (67,262), accountants and auditors (54,2410 and computer programmers (53,727).

Congress has limited the annual number of qualifying foreign workers who may be issued a visa or otherwise be provided with the H-1B status to 65,000 with an additional 20,000 under the H-1B advanced degree exemption.

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