According to a recent article published by reporters at Bloomberg Law, Deloitte LLP, a global accounting and consulting firm, uses skilled foreign workers through the H-1B visa program more than any other U.S. company. Although H-1B visas are often primarily associated with information technology (IT) companies, figures from the U.S. Department of Labor showed that during the fiscal year 2019, over 57,000 workers were approved to work at Deloitte by using the H-1B visa program. This high number of skilled foreign workers is far greater than the number of these workers employed by Qualcomm, Inc., which was associated with just under 30,000 H-1B visas in 2019.
The number of H-1B visas that Deloitte procured in 2019 is only a fraction of the total number of visa applications that they submitted. The number of requests for H-1B visas by the firm has increased in large part due to the push by Deloitte to offer more technological services, such as cybersecurity, blockchain, and machine learning.
Additionally, Deloitte also contracts H-1B visa workers out to other firms, much like IT-staffing firms do. Only two IT staffing service firms, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. and Infosys Ltd., placed more H-1B visa workers into contracts with other businesses than Deloitte. As a result of these contracts, H-1B visa workers are increasingly working for companies whose names are not usually synonymous with the H-1B visa program, such as Wells Fargo, Verizon, and American Express, among others.
Proponents of the H-1B visa program say that it fills the needs of businesses to fill gaps in their workforce with talented workers from abroad. Critics of the program, however, claim that it allows companies to bypass qualified American workers to pay foreign workers cheaper wages. Whatever your situation may be, you will need skilled legal assistance to work toward a resolution of your immigration matter.
The Texas immigration attorneys of Peek & Toland know how to help you navigate through the maze of immigration forms, regulations, and policies, and get the relief that you need. Take the first step today and secure the future of your family in the U.S. Contact our office today and set up an evaluation with one of our highly skilled Texas immigration lawyers.