Over 50% of H1B Visa denied for Cognizant and Infosys; the complete list of companies for H1B Visa denials.

As per the latest report, the US H1B denial rate is highest among the IT services provider companies, especially Indian IT companies such as Infosys, Wipro, HCL. Over 50% of H1B Visa denied for Cognizant and Infosys. This is the highest number of H1B Visa denials ever.

H-1B Denial rates for initial employment rose from 6% in FY 2015 to 29% through the second quarter of FY 2020.

59% H1B visa denied for Infosys whereas Cognizant stood 2nd with 52% of H1B visa denial rate. 

The top 25 H1B sponsor companies had higher denial rates for H-1B in FY 2020 (through the second quarter) than in FY 2015. In June 2020, the Trump administration introduced a proclamation, also knows as the H1B Visa ban, and suspending the entry of foreign nationals on H-1B, L-1, and other temporary visas.

H1B Denial Rates of Indian IT Firms:

Below is the list of Indian IT Serie provider companies along with their H1B visa denial percent summary.

  • Infosys: 59%
  • Wipro: 39%
  • HCL: 37%
  • Tech Mahindra: 32%
  • Larsen & Toubro Infotech (LTI): 27%
  • Tata Consulatancy Services(TCS): 15%

According to the report, the companies that provide Information Technology(IT) or other business services to American companies received the highest H1B denials. In contrast, Product Based companies have a low H1B Denial Rate. However, TCS is one exception because it did really well as being the largest H1B sponsor received only 15% denials same as Amazon and Google.

Denial Rates for top 25 H1B sponsoring companies for Initial Employment: FY 2015 vs. FY 2020

H1B Visa Denial Rate- Top 25 H1B Visa Employers
H1B Visa Denial Rate- Top 25 H1B Visa Employers (Image source)

What is H1B “initial” employment vs. “continuing” employment on H1B Visa

H-1B petitions for “initial” employment are mainly for new jobs, typically a case against the H-1B annual limit or lottery(if applicable). In other words, this is a new H1B visa or first time H1B Visa. H-1B petitions for “continuing” employment are the extensions for existing employees at the same company or an H-1B visa holder changing to a new employer. 


H1B Visa is the most popular Non-immigrant visa and continues to be in the news, especially since Trump Administration started reviewing various US work Visas. Immigration is always a key topic in US elections.

According to Cognizant, Infosys, and HCL, there is not much impact of H1B Visa denials and immigration ban on Indian IT Firms as these companies continue to hire local talent and decrease the dependency on work visas such as h1b and L1 visa.

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