Silicon Valley had a 36.8 percent of foreign population in 2014 and since then the rate has increased. Technology companies find cheap labor from Asian countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh to suppress wages and get their work done too. In 2010, 1827 applications were requested by tech companies in San Francisco and in 2011 the number rose to 2243. However, it has been made difficult for tech employers to get labor from these countries due to a law that tightens visa wavier to minimize the number of terrorists entering the country. Silicon Valley workers need an H1-B visa as they fall in the category of skilled workers. Firstly, H1B is a non-immigrant visa which implies that one’s status on the visa is “legal non-immigrant alien”. H1B’s are very tight nowadays. There’s been different propositions to increase the cap, yet neither one of the party has it as an important thing on agenda so even if one gets an H1B visa sponsor, there are odds of dismissal by visa lottery framework which happens in April.

In case you’re an undergrad student right now, majoring in Computer Science or mathematics from one of the top institutions of your country, employers from Silicon Valley are likely to visit your institution for recruitment. If you are exceptionally good and excel the interview, they will hire you in their US office and sponsor you for an H1B visa. The most commonly used way is to get admission into Master’s degree in US. Ideally CS, math or electrical since you plan on working in Silicon Valley. F-1 visa gives adaptable alternatives to act as a RA in the college and flexibility to work. It’s much simpler to get set to Silicon Valley with a US degree and one doesn’t have to get involved H1-B lottery.
80% of the H1-B visas are granted to the Silicon Valley applicants each year.

*Information regarding the F-1 visa for grad students and H1-B visa for applicants.*