• Among Indian IT companies in the US nearly 80,000 employees are there on visas with the majority using the coveted H-1B.
  • TCS has the largest number of employees in the US within Indian IT services companies but only 40% are on the H-1B visa.
  • Tech Mahindra and Cognizant half a great dependency with nearly of their US staff on H-1B.

In a bid to protect American jobs, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order on June 22 introducing restrictions on new visa applications — including the IT sector’s coveted H-1B visa.

There are currently 79,649 Indians working with Indian IT companies — including Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Cognizant, Infosys, Tech Mahindra, HCL Technologies and Wipro — on visas in the US.

While the new visa restrictions don’t impact people who are existing visa holders, Japanese brokerage firm Nomura points out that it could lead to a further increase in the rejection rates of renewals. Renewal rejection rate has already been on the rise over the past five years increasing from around 4% in 2016 to nearly 21% in 2020 for Indian IT companies.

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Company-wise headcount of employees in the US on H-1B visasBI India

TCS has the largest number of people working in the US as compared to other IT companies with 54,874 employees. On the total strength, only 40% are on visa; the rest are local employees. Within those who are in the US on a visa, 85% are on an H-1B visa — the others are on L-1 visas.

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Like TCS, Infosys too only has 40% visa holders as US staff. Tech Mahindra and Cognizant are the only two companies with half of their employees in the US on visas.

Wipro and HCL Tech was a lower dependency on the visa with only 35% of their staff in the US being non-local.

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Company Staff in the US Staff on L-1 visa Staff on H-1B visa Local staff % on visa
TCS 54,874 2,195 19,755 32,924 40%
Cognizant 54,183 2,709 24,382 27,091 50%
Infosys 36,228 1,449 13,042 21,737 40%
Wipro 28,662 1,003 9,029 18,630 35%
HCL Tech 22,855 800 7,199 14,856 35%
Tech Mahindra 14,687 1,102 6,242 7,343 50%

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