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It is common for individuals to be in a rush to file their first H1-B with whichever employer agrees to file it after they complete their Masters, as they won’t have many choices at that time.

The same goes for several others who start working for their first company in the U.S. It is not their choice to work for that company for a long time, which prompts them to start looking for an employer switch from day one, although they wait for the best time to make their move.

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Looking at the official stats, there is a shocking number of employees ditching their first employer who filed their H1-B, and the numbers are truly surprising.

Another shocking fact is that in 2023, about 61 percent of all H-1B workers starting with a new employer were existing H-1B workers hired away from other employers.

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Between 2005 and 2023, H-1B workers changed jobs over 1 million times, with a record high of 130,576 switches in 2022. In 2023, there were 117,153 job changes, slightly lower than in 2022.

There are several reasons why H1-B workers leave their employers, but the primary reason is the lack of loyalty between these employees and the desi consulting firms. Employees often feel that these Indian staffing company owners are exploiting their hard work by sitting in their offices and taking huge commissions on their hourly bill rates.

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The trend has improved as desi employers are keeping bill rates open if they are willing to retain employees in the long run, which is somewhat helpful.