- Enterprise tech companies rely on the H-1B visa program to hire thousands of immigrants every year.
- Insider analyzed federal data to reveal which of the largest companies sponsored the most visas.
- The top three companies were Microsoft, Accenture, and Amazon Web Services, each with thousands of H-1B incumbents on staff.
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The largest enterprise technology companies in the United States rely heavily on hiring immigrants to fill skilled positions and recruit top talent.
Most foreign workers are hired through the H-1B visa program, which allows companies to sponsor a potential employee’s application to live and work in the United States for up to six years. Job applicants participate in an annual lottery for one of the 85,000 visas the United States grants each year.
Tech companies have become the main proponents of strengthening and expanding the H-1B program in the United States. Some of the most powerful people in Silicon Valley, including Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, got their first job in the United States on H-1B visas.
Insider has compiled a list of the U.S. enterprise technology companies – including the titans of computer consulting, cloud computing, and developer technology – that sponsor the most visas. To do this, we analyzed data from the United States Office of Foreign Labor Certification dating back to October 2020.
The data shows how many visas have been sponsored by each company as of that point, as well as the average salary of visa holders at each company. Notably, while this visa data provides rare insight into the basic salary ranges of these tech titans, it does not include bonuses or other forms of compensation. In addition, visa data encompasses roles in all functions and in different parts of the United States; many companies adjust their compensation for each role based on the local market.
Here are the enterprise tech companies that have sponsored the most H-1B visas.
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