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2020 top employers for initial H-1B approvals

122,893 H-1B approvals across 27,808 employers

  • Breakdown of employer hiring by volume

  • Every employer who hired 1,000+ employees, along with links to their career pages

  • Search thousands of jobs with employers who hired 100+ employees, along with their career pages

  • A rank from 1 to 27,808 of every company that hired an employee on an H-1B in 2020

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H-1B beneficiaries have a tremendous impact on U.S. employers and businesses. Likewise, the top organizations in the U.S. rely heavily on H-1B workers. Those that hire H-1B workers are the world's biggest and the best.

  • In the tech industry, individual companies like Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook hired thousands of H-1B workers each. These individual companies have sales that exceed the GDP of many nations - a level of success enabled by the collaborative efforts of U.S. and foreign workers.

  • Consulting companies like Accenture, Bain, BCG, Deloitte, and Genpact transform companies via improved strategies, enabling supply chain improvements, and digital transformation across every major industry in the United States.

  • Hospitals like the Mayo Clinic, Childrens Hospital Corporation, Pfizer, and Regeneron save lives and improve healthcare.

  • Pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca produced COVID vaccines that will save lives and enable life to return to normal.

  • In higher education, the world's top universities (Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Johns Hopkins, and others) hire professors and researchers that power the U.S. education system.

If you are searching for an H-1B job, you can learn a lot by examining the distribution of these approvals and by understanding which companies continually see more approvals.First, let's get an idea of how distributions look based on how many initial approvals firms received.

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Distribution of 2020 initial H-1B approvals based on hiring range

Key Takeaways:

  • Most firms had a small number of hires, which shows that companies - both big and small - rely on H-1B workers.

  • Compared to 2019, more firms in 2020 had only a single H-1B hire.

  • 11 companies had over 1,000 hires.  These companies hired more employees than all of the companies with just one hire

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The companies that received the most H-1B initial approvals in 2020 were some of the biggest, as indicated by the Forbes Global 2000 list.

It's not surprising when you think about it.  The economic output of Amazon (#1 on the list) is greater than most countries (source); it would be the 58th largest country in the world based on GDP.  Google (#6)  would be the 59th largest.  Look at our list below of the companies that successfully made significant hires, divided into those with over a thousand hires and those with over 100.

Given the breadth of industries, it is easy to understand how H-1B workers have such a major impact on the U.S. economy.

1000+ hires

*every company that hired a thousand or more workers on an H-1B in 2020



Initial approvals in 2020: 2401

2019 rank: 3

Forbes 2000 rank: 375

", Inc. is an American multinational technology company based in Seattle, Washington, which focuses on e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming, and artificial intelligence"

(Read more at Forbes)


Infosys Limited

Initial approvals in 2020: 2401

2019 rank: 3

Forbes 2000 rank: 375

"Infosys Ltd. is a digital services and consulting company, which engages in the provision of end-to-end business solutions. It operates through the following segments: Financial Services; Retail; Communication; Energy, Utilities, Resources, and Services; Manufacturing; Hi-Tech; Life Sciences; and All Other." (Read more at Forbes)


Tata Consultancy

Initial approvals in 2020: 2401

2019 rank: 3

Forbes 2000 rank: 375

"Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. is an IT services, business solutions and outsourcing organization. The firm offers consulting-led, integrated portfolio of IT and IT-enabled services which includes application development and maintenance, business intelligence, enterprise solutions, assurance services, engineering and industrial services, infrastructure services, consulting, asset leveraged Solutions and business process services" (Read more at Forbes)


Cognizant Technologies

Initial approvals in 2020: 2401

2019 rank: 3

Forbes 2000 rank: 375

"Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. engages in the provision of information technology, consulting, and business process outsourcing services. It operates through the following business segments: Financial Services; Healthcare; Products and Resources; and Communications, Media, and Technology. The Financial Services segment consists of banking and insurance services. The Healthcare segment involves healthcare and life sciences." (Read more at Forbes)


Microsoft Corporation

Initial approvals in 2020: 2401

2019 rank: 3

Forbes 2000 rank: 375

"Microsoft Corp. engages in the development and support of software, services, devices, and solutions. It operates through the following business segments: Productivity and Business Processes; Intelligent Cloud; and More Personal Computing." (Read more at Forbes)


Google, Inc

Initial approvals in 2020: 2401

2019 rank: 3

Forbes 2000 rank: 375

"Google, Inc. focuses on improving the ways people connect with information. It provides variety of services and tools for advertisers of all sizes, from simple text ads to display and mobile advertising and to publishers, whether small or large. The company primarily focuses on the areas which include search, advertising, operating systems, platforms, enterprise and hardware products." (Source)



Initial approvals in 2020: 2401

2019 rank: 3

Forbes 2000 rank: 375

"Capgemini SE provides consulting, technology, professional, and outsourcing services. The company operates through the following segments: Consulting Services, Technology & Engineering Services, Application Services and Other Managed Services. The Consulting Services segment aims to help the group's clients identify build and carry through transformation programs that will improve growth and sharpen their competitive edge on a long-term basis. (Read more at Forbes)


HCL America, Inc

Initial approvals in 2020: 2401

2019 rank: 3

Forbes 2000 rank: 375

"HCL Technologies Ltd. engages in computer programming, consultancy, and related activities. It operates through the following segments: Software Services; Information Technology (IT) Services; and Business Process Outsourcing Services." (Read more at Forbes)


IBM Corporation

Initial approvals in 2020: 2401

2019 rank: 3

Forbes 2000 rank: 375

"International Business Machines Corp. is an information technology company, which provides integrated solutions that leverage information technology and knowledge of business processes. It operates through the following segments: Cloud & Cognitive Software, Global Business Services, Global Technology Services, Systems, and Global Financing." (Read More at Forbes)



Initial approvals in 2020: 2401

2019 rank: 3

Forbes 2000 rank: 375

"Facebook, Inc. operates as a social networking company worldwide. The company engages in the development of social media applications for people to connect through mobile devices, personal computers, and other surfaces. It enables users to share opinions, ideas, photos, videos, and other activities online. The firm's products include Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Oculus" (Read more at Forbes)


Accenture, LLP

Initial approvals in 2020: 2401

2019 rank: 3

Forbes 2000 rank: 375

"Accenture Plc engages in the provision of management consulting, technology, and outsourcing services. It operates through the following segments: Communications, Media, and Technology; Financial Services; Health and Public Service; Products; Resources; and Other." (Read more at Forbes)

Key Takeaways:

Big companies make big hires and the organizations that hired significant numbers of H-1B workers in 2020 also hired large numbers of H-1B workers in 2019.

Technology and consulting companies were the leaders in hiring, as they were in 2019. But other types of organizations (medical, pharmaceutical, hospitals, and higher education institutions) also rely heavily on H-1B workers.

1000+ hires

  • The 11 firms with 1,000 or more new H-1B approvals in 2020 saw 22,499 new hires, approximately a sixth of total hires.

  • Highly qualified persons seeking H-1B visas may seek to apply to the top companies - each company's career page is posted at right

  • Each company that hired at least 1,000 new employees has a few things in common:

  • All are on the Fortune 2,000 list; a list of the two thousand largest companies in the world​

  • All are either in technology-related industries and/or offer consulting services

  • Each company that hired 1,000+ employees in 2020 hired hundreds of employees in 2019 (the lowest number of hires in 2019 was HCL with over 400)

100+ hires

  • Organizations that hired between 100 and 999 employees were more diverse.  While they also included companies in technology and consulting, they also included industries such as:

    • Higher education

    • Medicine and pharmaceuticals

    • Hospitals

    • Finance and banking

    • Travel

  • As with organizations that hired 1,000+ workers, these organizations also hired H-1B workers in prior years

100+ hires

  • *every company that hired a hundred or more workers on an H-1B in 2020 ranked

  • Links to each company's career page

# 12 TECH MAHINDRA AMERICAS INC (Initial approvals = 853)

# 13 APPLE INC (Initial approvals = 747)

# 14 INTEL CORPORATION (Initial approvals = 740)

# 15 WIPRO LIMITED (Initial approvals = 700)

# 16 DELOITTE CONSULTING LLP (Initial approvals = 567)

# 17 LARSEN AND TOUBRO INFOTECH LIMITED (Initial approvals = 527)

# 18 AMAZON WEB SERVICES INC (Initial approvals = 526)

# 19 ERNST YOUNG US LLP (Initial approvals = 520)

# 20 ORACLE AMERICA INC (Initial approvals = 502)

# 21 CISCO SYSTEMS INC (Initial approvals = 488)

# 22 QUALCOMM TECHNOLOGIES INC (Initial approvals = 452)

# 23 WAL MART ASSOCIATES INC (Initial approvals = 433)

# 24 AMAZON DEVELOPMENT CENTER US INC (Initial approvals = 367)

# 25 MPHASIS CORPORATION (Initial approvals = 341)

# 26 WIPRO LIMITED (Initial approvals = 302)

# 27 JPMORGAN CHASE CO (Initial approvals = 287)


# 29 CITIBANK NA (Initial approvals = 266)

# 30 HEXAWARE TECHNOLOGIES INC (Initial approvals = 247)

# 31 GOLDMAN SACHS CO LLC (Initial approvals = 242)

# 32 MINDTREE LIMITED (Initial approvals = 242)

# 33 DELOITTE & TOUCHE LLP (Initial approvals = 233)

# 34 L T TECHNOLOGY SERVICES LIMITED (Initial approvals = 233)

# 35 MCKINSEY COMPANY INC UNITED STATES (Initial approvals = 227)

# 36 SALESFORCE COM INC (Initial approvals = 224)

# 37 TESLA INC (Initial approvals = 220)

# 38 ATOS SYNTEL INC (Initial approvals = 216)

# 39 DELOITTE CONSULTING LLP (Initial approvals = 206)

# 40 PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS LLP (Initial approvals = 204)

# 41 THE LELAND STANFORD JR UNIVERSITY (Initial approvals = 190)

# 42 UBER TECHNOLOGIES INC (Initial approvals = 190)

# 43 NVIDIA CORPORATION (Initial approvals = 188)

# 44 PAYPAL INC (Initial approvals = 181)

# 45 LINKEDIN CORPORATION (Initial approvals = 175)

# 46 KFORCE INC (Initial approvals = 174)

# 47 QUEST GLOBAL SERVICES-NA INC (Initial approvals = 166)

# 48 SYNECHRON INC (Initial approvals = 162)

# 49 SYNOPSYS INC (Initial approvals = 161)

# 50 SYNTEL INC (Initial approvals = 161)

# 51 UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN (Initial approvals = 158)

# 52 THE BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP INC (Initial approvals = 153)

# 53 WAYFAIR LLC (Initial approvals = 152)

# 54 MANAGEMENT HEALTH SYSTEMS LLC DBA (Initial approvals = 151)

# 55 PROKARMA INC (Initial approvals = 150)

# 56 UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA (Initial approvals = 150)

# 57 NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH/HHS (Initial approvals = 149)

# 58 VMWARE INC (Initial approvals = 149)

# 59 POPULUS GROUP LLC (Initial approvals = 148)

# 60 MICRON TECHNOLOGY INC (Initial approvals = 147)

# 61 OATH HOLDINGS INC (Initial approvals = 138) * part of Verizon

# 62 BLOOMBERG LP (Initial approvals = 137)

# 63 MAYO CLINIC (Initial approvals = 137)

# 64 JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY (Initial approvals = 136)

# 65 CITIUSTECH INC (Initial approvals = 134)

# 66 UNIV OF CALIFORNIA SAN FRANCISCO (Initial approvals = 134)

# 67 HARVARD UNIVERSITY (Initial approvals = 130)

# 68 BRILLIO LLC (Initial approvals = 128)

# 69 EBAY INC (Initial approvals = 128)

# 70 KPMG LLP (Initial approvals = 127)

# 71 GOLDMAN SACHS SERVICES LLC (Initial approvals = 126)

# 72 ADOBE INC (Initial approvals = 124)

# 73 CUMMINS INC (Initial approvals = 121)

# 74 THE MATHWORKS INC (Initial approvals = 117)

# 75 UST GLOBAL INC (Initial approvals = 116)

# 76 RANDSTAD TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Initial approvals = 115)

# 77 THE TRUSTEES OF PRINCETON UNIV (Initial approvals = 115)

# 78 CAPITAL ONE SERVICES LLC (Initial approvals = 114)

# 79 MORGAN STANLEY SERVICES GROUP INC (Initial approvals = 114)

# 80 VIRTUSA CORPORATION (Initial approvals = 114)

# 81 AMGEN INC (Initial approvals = 113)

# 82 ICAHN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AT MOUNT (Initial approvals = 112)

# 83 UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH (Initial approvals = 112)

# 84 GENERAL MOTORS COMPANY (Initial approvals = 111)

# 85 UNIV OF WI SYSTEM/MADISON (Initial approvals = 111)

# 86 UT SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER (Initial approvals = 109)

# 87 DELOITTE TAX LLP (Initial approvals = 106)

# 88 CGI TECHNOLOGIES AND SOLUTIONS INC (Initial approvals = 104)

# 89 MARLABS INC (Initial approvals = 104)

# 90 GEN HOSP CORP D/B/A MASS GEN HOSP (Initial approvals = 101)

# 91 UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA (Initial approvals = 101)

# 92 ZENSAR TECHNOLOGIES INC (Initial approvals = 101)

1+ hires

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Every company that received an initial H-1B approval in 2020, ranked by approvals 1 to 27,808

Key Takeaways:

Most of the companies (over 17,000) that received initial approvals only received one approval. Part of this relates to the additional challenges that smaller firms face in seeking approvals, which may lead them to require an Expert Opinion Letter.

Immigration Attorney Perspective

Immigration Attorney Ricky Palladino shared with us that h1bexpert readers should keep in mind that


"USCIS continues to raise the bar and make H-1B visas more difficult to obtain by enhancing the definition of a 'specialty occupation'. Larger companies that obtain the bulk of H-1B visas are often able to prove without issue that their positions qualify as 'specialty occupations'. Smaller employers often need to rely on a report of an expert witness to prove that a job is a specialty occupation because it is common to the industry, or the position itself is complex or unique."

Palladino, Isbell & Casazza, LLC

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