Question 2 of 2 in Immigration
Started Jun 01, 2020 11:26PM UTC   •   Closing Oct 01, 2021 03:59AM UTC

How many new H-1B visa applications submitted by the "Big 5" tech companies will the U.S. grant between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021, inclusive?


Context. H-1B is a visa category for skilled workers, accounting for about 108,000 annual entrants (Arnold et al.). It's also a common immigration pathway for AI-skilled workers. 

Data and resolution details. This question resolves based on "initial approvals" reported in the USCIS annual summary for FY 2020.  The chart below is based on the same data for previous fiscal years. The"Big 5" tech companies are Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft, including all affiliates with those words at the beginning of their title. For example, Amazon includes Amazon Web Services and Amazon Fulfillment Services. The date range, October 1 through September 30, is the government fiscal year.

The H-1B Employer Data Hub provides quarterly updates on H-1B statistics. For example, if one downloads all data for FY 2020 and then filters by the Big-5 tech companies, they'll see H-1B statistics as of the most recent quarter for which there's data. As of July 16, 2020, the Employer Data Hub has data through Q2 of FY 2020 (March 31, 2020). In the first two quarters of FY 2020, 744 new H-1B applications submitted by the "Big 5" tech companies were granted. This figure is not reflected in the chart below.

The data underlying the graph is here.

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Name Probability
Less than 5,000 22%
Between 5,000 and 7,500, inclusive 24%
More than 7,500 but less than or equal to 10,000 30%
More than 10,000 but less than or equal to12,500 15%
More than12,500 8%

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