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Senators Release List Of Top L-1 Visa Employers

Of the top 20 companies that used L-1 visas in fiscal 2006, nearly half are Indian IT outsourcing firms that are also among top users of the H-1B visas.

Two U.S. senators pushing bipartisan legislation to close loopholes for alleged fraud and abuse of visa programs used to bring foreign tech workers into the United States released a list of the top 20 employers of L-1 workers Tuesday.

L-1 visas are used by multinational companies to transfer foreign workers from their overseas operations to work temporarily in their U.S. operations.

Of the top 20 companies that used L-1 visas in fiscal 2006, nearly half are Indian IT outsourcing firms that also are among the top users of the H-1B visas. H-1B visas are used to employ foreign tech workers in the United States.

Sens. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, released the list on Tuesday just after the U.S. Senate voted to revive debate on the comprehensive immigration bill that's been stalled in Congress since earlier this month.

Durbin and Grassley allege that foreign outsourcing companies abuse L-1s by using the visa to train their foreign employees during short stints in the United States to help facilitate the offshoring of work done by Americans. In a release, the senators also said they plan to continue investigating "blanket" L visa petitions that allow companies to transfer "limitless" numbers of workers into the United States.

Here is the list of top 20 L-1 employers in fiscal 2006, according to Durbin and Grassley.

  1. Tata Consultancy Services Ltd., 4,887 L-1 visas
  2. Cognizant Tech Solutions U.S. Corp., 3,520 L-1 visas
  3. IBM, 1,237 L-1 visas (IBM disputes the figure, saying it had 411 L-1 visas in 2006.)
  4. Satyam Computer Services Ltd., 950 L-1 visas
  5. Wipro Ltd., 839 L-1 visas
  6. HCL America Inc., 511 L-1 visas
  7. Deloitte & Touche LLP/Deloitte Consulting, 512 L-1 visas
  8. Patni Computer Systems, 440 L-1 visas
  9. Intel, 392 L-1 visas
  10. Kanbay Inc., 329 L-1 visas
  11. Honeywell International, 320 L-1 visas
  12. Hewlett-Packard, 316 L-1 visas
  13. Infosys Tech. Ltd., 294 L-1 visas
  14. Accenture LLP, 291 L-1 visas
  15. Caritor Inc., 231 L-1 visas
  16. Schlumberger Technology Corp., 214 L-1 visas
  17. Oracle USA Inc., 176 L-1 visas
  18. Syntel Ltd., 171 L-1 visas
  19. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, 168 L-1 visas
  20. Microsoft, 168 L-1 visas

This story was updated June 29 to include IBM's response.

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