H1B Denial & RFE Rates Increase for IT Consulting Company

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta - Updated on  25 Apr, 19
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USCIS H1B Approval rate for employers
USCIS H1B Approval rate for employers

IT Consulting Employer – Higher H1B RFE and Denial rate

Consulting companies like Cognizant and Capgemini have high rate of H1B denial rates than the product based employers that offer direct hire full time H1B jobs.

Capgemini has the lowest H1B approval rate at 60% which means that their 40% H1B applications are denied on average.
The second most H1B rejections are faced by Cognizant whose almost 32% H1B applications are denied. CTS also files the most number of H1B applications every year.

EmployerH1B Lottery / Transfer Approval RateH1B Extension Approval Rate
CAPGEMINI20%74%
COGNIZANT38%71%
INFOSYS46%74%
DELOITTE66%76%
PRICE WATER HOUSE COOPERS84%77%
HCL66%80%
TECH MAHINDRA74%85%
TATA CONSULTANCY77%82%
WIPRO76%82%
SYNTEL52%85%
MINDTREE60%89%
ACCENTURE69%85%
MPHASIS74%86%
LARSEN & TOUBRO INFOTECH78%88%
L&T TECHNOLOGY SERVICES83%89%
ERNST & YOUNG88%92%
RANDSTAD TECHNOLOGIES91%92%
CUMMIN96%95%

We strongly recommend to wait for H1B transfer approval and NOT join consulting company on receipt to avoid status issues later after denial or RFE.

Product based Company Higher H1B approval Rate

Employers like Google, Apple and Microsoft offering H1B jobs to foreign workers have extremely good chances of H1B approval at 99%.

EmployerH1B Lottery / Transfer Approval rateH1B Extension Approval rate
IBM CORPORATION98%89%
WAL-MART90%95%
AMAZON CORPORATE91%96%
JPMORGAN CHASE97%97%
CISCO96%97%
AMAZON COM Services99%97%
MICROSOFT98%98%
APPLE98%98%
GOOGLE99%99%
INTEL98%98%
FACEBOOK99%99%

H1B RFE & Rejection Rates Increase

USCIS is issuing more H1B RFEs than ever asking for proof of “Specialty Occupation” as per the latest data shared on Feb 22, 2019.

The chances of H1B extension approval after RFE reduces to 60%. That’s a real low rate of approval.

H1B approvals after RFE in 2018
H1B approvals after RFE in 2018 – 2019

Is it Safe to Join on H1B Transfer Receipt?

Looking at the official USCIS data about H1B approvals and rejections after RFE, my suggestion to join new employer on H1B transfer receipt in the absence of Premium processing are

  1. Join Product based Full time end client stable company on H1B transfer receipt notice. Do NOT join US based start up company on receipt.
  2. Wait for H1B transfer approval in case of IT consulting companies like Cognizant, TCS, Infosys etc.

Source: USCIS









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