H1B and L1 Fee to go up by $4000 and $4500 until year 2025

This Omnibus bill to increase the H1B and L1 petition Fee passed both US House of Representatives and US Senate on Friday ( Dec 18th, 2015). It was also singed by President Obama to be law soon. Companies should pay extra fees for filing H1b applications if it satisfies both the condition right more than 50 employees + 50% employees on h1b. For Indian consulting companies which “bodyshop” IT professional from Indian for multiple H1B visa applications, it would become a problem since some of them don’t really have full-time positions and they ask employees to pay for H1B filing fee, so with the new law, not all ICC employees can afford multiple H1B application, and theproblem of fraud would be partially solved.

In general, it sounds good for less H1b fraud from Indian consulting companies. For more details, please refer to http://www.h1bwiki.com/h1b-visa-fee-doubled-bill-passed/

[NYTimes] How Outsourcing Companies Are Gaming the Visa System

To read and learn more about this New York Times report, please go to http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/11/06/us/outsourcing-companies-dominate-h1b-visas.html

13 outsourcing companies took nearly one-third of all H-1B visas in 2014.

The outsourcing companies dominate the visa program by flooding the system with applications.

With more applications, the number of visas given to outsourcing companies has risen sharply.

Many H-1B workers earn salaries below market rates.

The vast majority of H-1B workers are from India. The top outsourcing firms primarily bring temporary workers from India. American companies like Microsoft, Google and Apple have drawn from a wider range of countries, including China and Canada, for their H-1B workers. But in 2014, 70 percent of the H-1B visas went to workers from India, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

TCS, Infosys face US probe for H-1B visa violations

To read more, please go to http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/TCS-Infosys-face-US-probe-for-H-1B-visa-violations/articleshow/47639928.cms?

NEW YORK: The US government has opened an investigation against two of the biggest Indian outsourcing companies for possible violations of H1-B visa rules, according to a media report.

The Department of Labour has opened the investigation against Tata Consultancy Services and Infosys for “possible violations of rules for visas for foreign technology workers under contracts they held with an electric utility Southern California Edison,” the New York Times said.

Infosys & TCS faces a serious US probe for violating multiple noms for their H1-B VISA requirement. If found guilty, they would suffer a suspension for applying H1-B VISA in the future.

2015 H1B visa rank and the average salary battle

As you might have known, the top 3 H1B visa sponsors in 2015 are Indian Consulting companies (all come from India, again!): Infosys, TCS and Wipro, and these 3 companies have 46277 visas which is 54% of H1B visa quota this year!.

The average salary is about 70k USD per year in the top 3 companies. But wait, what is the average H1B salary for these top american companies? Google has 125k USD and Microsoft has 116k USD, which are 78% and 65% higher than that 70K USD from these Indian Consulting companies. Unfortunately Google only has 3056 H1B visas and Microsoft 3750, which are 10x less than Infosys+TCS+Wipro. What does it mean? If you are a smart guy who can have a job offer from Google or Microsoft (125K or 116K USD on average), you might have to quit Google/Microsoft and choose Infosys, Tata or Wipro for 70K USD: you have 10x less chance for getting a visa in Google or Microsoft!

What a pity for American companies who want true high skilled workers! What a pity for true talented engineers who have to quit Google/MIcrosoft and choose Infosys, TCS and Wipro for a visa!

To read more, please go to http://www.myvisajobs.com/Reports/2015-H1B-Visa-Sponsor.aspx (Can’t find Facebook here? Check the 2nd page. Facebook has rank 40th with 133K USD average salary but only 780 H1B visas)

Rank H1B Visa Sponsor Number of LCA * Average Salary
1 Infosys 23,816 $76,794
2 Tata Consultancy Services 14,096 $67,673
3 Wipro 8,365 $69,936
4 IBM 7,944 $87,227
5 Deloitte Consulting 7,016 $102,112
6 Accenture 5,509 $75,532
7 Hcl America 4,749 $81,223
8 Tech Mahindra (Americas) 4,600 $73,025
9 Larsen & Toubro Infotech 4,365 $69,943
10 Ernst & Young 3,976 $89,350
11 Microsoft 3,750 $116,804
12 Igate Technologies 3,124 $68,714
13 Google 3,059 $125,596
14 Intel 2,505 $103,632
15 Cognizant Technology Solutions 2,358 $70,892
16 Ust Global 1,998 $68,681
17 Deloitte & Touche 1,654 $70,043
18 Amazon 1,600 $113,163
19 Qualcomm Technologies 1,585 $111,816
20 Jpmorgan Chase 1,468 $105,370
21 Apple 1,464 $133,593
22 Ntt Data 1,409 $102,643
23 Capgemini Financial Services Usa 1,303 $95,433
24 Oracle America 1,073 $119,506
25 Kpit Infosystems 1,015 $64,300

Chesco case highlights H-1B immigration scams

To read more, please go to http://articles.philly.com/2015-03-19/news/60254438_1_shell-companies-h-1b-visas

At first blush, Upani Consultants of Chester County appeared to be a group of ambitious workers, mostly from India, who came to the United States on specialty visas to be employed as quality-assurance analysts and software engineers in information technology.

But in fact, according to the guilty plea by Sudhakar Majety in federal court in Philadelphia late last year, the company he created a decade ago in Phoenixville ultimately exploited the H-1B “specialty occupation” visa program by using shell companies and sham contracts to give the impression that Upani needed staff.

When the workers arrived here, according to the indictment, they learned that Upani had no positions and were forced to search for jobs elsewhere.

Majety, 46, of Spring City, Chester County, typically charged each worker about $4,000 for the visa and kept 20 percent of any money the worker earned. Workers who could not find employment had to pay him extra to keep their visas active.

Worst employers ever. . . . Everything fake,” a burned employee posted anonymously in 2012 on the website Glassdoor, which has online reviews of IT companies.

You will end up cheated,” another reviewer wrote.

A Tool For Analyzing H-1B Visa Applications Reveals Tech Salary Secrets

To read more about why Indian Consulting companies can pay very low salaries to their IT consultants, please go to http://developers.slashdot.org/story/15/05/28/1541246/a-tool-for-analyzing-h-1b-visa-applications-reveals-tech-salary-secrets

“If the title says ‘consultant’, instead of $130,000 you might pay $60,000, the gap is that big.”

Tekla Perry writes:The golden age of engineers is not over,’ says a French software engineer who developed a tool for mining U.S. Department of Labor visa application data, but, he says, salaries appear to be leveling off. Indeed, salary inflation for software engineers and other technical professionals at Google and Facebook has slowed dramatically, according to his database, and Airbnb and Dropbox pay is down a little, though Netflix pay is through the roof. The data also shows that some large companies appear to be playing games with titles to deflate salaries, and Microsoft is finally offering technology professionals comparable salaries to Apple and Google. There’s a lot more to be discovered in this interactive database, and researchers are getting ready to mine it.

Cognizant spent $2.7mn on US lobbying in 2014, while Wipro spent $460,000 and TCS spent $80,000

It is basically one of the top reasons why Indian Consulting companies like Infosys, Wipro and TCS can dominate the H1B visas. They have spent “small” money for lobbying and have gained tremendous amount of profit by controlling the H1B visas (as well as workers who want to work in the US)

Cognizant spent $2.7mn on US lobbying in 2014, while Wipro spent $460,000 and TCS spent $80,000

BENGALURU: Cognizant Technology Solutions spent about Rs 17 crore ($2.7 million) last year trying to influence US lawmakers primarily on the country’s new immigration rules, significantly higher than its top three Indian IT rivals put together.

WiproBSE 0.17 % spent about $460,000 on lobbying in the US last year, and Tata Consultancy ServicesBSE -0.25 %, India’s largest software exporter, about $80,000, filings with the US Lobbying Act Disclosure Database show. InfosysBSE 2.30 % d ..

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H1b visas are dominated by ICC like infosys!

Quick question: which company files the most H1B visas in 2015? Google or Facebook?

People may think the company must be one of these great American IT companies, like Google or Facebook. Data tell you are wrong! From the official list of number of LCAs per company http://data.jobsintech.io/companies/infosys-limited , one can see these Indian Consulting Companies (ICCs) like Infosys, Tata consulting, Wipro are dominated H1b visas. In 2015, infosys has 23k certified H1b LCAs where the total number of H1b in 2015 is 85k (the maximum H1b cap). Can you imagine that a single company can have almost 30% of all H1b visas?

Companies like infosys also lower down the market average salary, for everyone! Infosys’ average salary for 2015 H1B petitions is 76k USD where most of them are software engineers. Google’s average software engineer salary in 2015 is about 128k USD which is 68% higher than Infosys, according to google search. Unfortunately, google can’t beat infosys in the H1B visa lottery battle. If you are a smart software engineer who can get a google job offer of 128k USD, but google unfortunately can’t get a H1B visa for you because most H1Bs go to Infosys, and you have to choose infosys’s 76k USD for having a H1B visa. Infosys uses low salary for being price-competitive in the consulting market, but many talent software engineers have to accept the low salary and work for infosys because of H1B visa. In the end, American companies like Google who can offer high salary can’t not have these talented engineers, but Indian Consulting Companies (ICC) like infosys get all these talented engineers with much lower price.

Think of Walmart: Walmart has cheap products made in China, Thailand or other cheap-labor countries, and it kills all local US factories. Fortunately, Walmart is an American company,and the profit stays in the US. Now Infosys is the new Walmart for software engineering for killing allAmerican IT companies, and Infosys is NOT an American company.

It would be very sad that the market is dominated by ICCs like Infosys: they dominate the H1B visa with low salary and all we talented software engineers have to go to ICCs because of visas. The market is also controlled by these ICCs: all smart American engineers can’t beat ICC’s low price and have to risk loosing jobs.

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Two Indian-Americans arrested for H-1B visa fraud in US

From dnaindia.com, please read more from: http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-two-indian-americans-arrested-for-h-1b-visa-fraud-in-us-2085599

Two Indian-Americans, who recruited foreign workers mainly from India with purported IT expertise, were arrested in New Jersey on Wednesday on charges of H-1B visa fraud.

When submitting the visa paperwork to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), they falsely represented that the foreign workers had full-time positions and were paid an annual salary, as required to secure the H-1B visas. Contrary to these representations and in violation of the H-1B program, Patel, Mohta and others paid the foreign workers only when they were placed at a third-party client who entered into a contract with SCM Data or MMC Systems, the federal complaint alleged.

Faking job positions is a common trick for H1B visa fraud. If your current or future employer asks you for money for faking a job position for your H1b visa, please reject immediately. It is illegal!