Hard numbers have been released by the US government agency that screens visas for high-skilled foreign workers, and they are not pretty.
Data made available by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for the first time show that the widely made complaint about the visa program is true: a small number of IT outsourcing companies get a disproportionately high number of H-1B visas and pay below-average wages to their workers.
A select few technology outsourcing companies receive a disproportionate amount of H-1B visas, and pay well below average, according to a report from the government.
The data, which was released by the U.S. government, shows the number of H-1B visas issued by each employer over the last two years, and how much they pay visa-holders on average.
“Almost 4,000 companies submitted H-1B visa applications in fiscal year 2016,” reported Quartz. “The top 20 sponsors took home 37% of all visas issued. IT outsourcing companies made up the top five.”