Who Gets H-1B Visas? Check Out This List

Five of the top 10 were Indian outsourcers, but Microsoft is number three, IBM number eight, and Oracle USA number nine. The New York City Public School system ranks 22nd on the list.



Criticism by federal legislators is mounting against Indian outsourcing firms that use the H-1B visa foreign worker program to staff their U.S. operations. Critics claim that the Indian firms skirt regulations and use the visas to train workers in the U.S. to facilitate moving jobs offshore.

A government list obtained by InformationWeek of the top 200 companies receiving H-1B visas for foreign workers last year reveals that five of the top 10 were Indian outsourcers. The complete list of 200, however, shows a mix of foreign companies, U.S. technology vendors, and American universities. Microsoft is number three on the list, IBM number eight, and Oracle USA number nine. The New York City Public School system ranks twenty-second on the list, with 642 H-1B visas received last year.

Earlier this week, U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration, sent letters to the CEOs of nine Indian firms asking for details about how they use their H-1B visas. The companies, including Infosys, Satyam, Tata Consultancy Services, and Wipro, are among the top users of the visas.

Last year, the nine Indian firms collectively were issued 19,512 of the 65,000 H-1B visas granted, according to the list. (In addition to the 65,000 granted annually, the U.S. also issues H-1B visas to 20,000 foreign students who received advanced degrees from U.S. universities.)

As of press time, none of the nine Indian companies has responded to the Durbin-Grassley letters, according to a Durbin spokesman. However, a statement by the National Association of Software and Services Companies, an organization that represents Indian IT firms, defended the practice:

"The Indian IT industry and NASSCOM do not see this as an immigration-related issue but one related to international trade, and would urge that work permits and intra-company transfers should not be intermingled and confused with immigration. Work permits are primarily a tool for facilitating trade and allow global companies to bring key staff to the US on temporary assignments, just as US staff often travel across the world for temporary assignments and this is clearly different from immigration."

Although H-1B visas are most frequently used to employ foreign-born technology workers, it's important to note that the visas also are used to hire professionals in other occupations, including nurses and other health-care workers, university professors, lawyers, engineers, and architects.

The Top 200 H-1B Employers Of 2006
(1 - 100)
Rank
Company
No. of visas
1 INFOSYS TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
4908
2 WIPRO LIMITED
4002
3 MICROSOFT CORPORATION
3117
4 TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES LIMITED
3046
5 SATYAM COMPUTER SERVICES LTD
2880
6 COGNIZANT TECH SOLUTIONS U S CORP
2226
7 PATNI COMPUTER SYSTEMS INC
1391
8 IBM CORPORATION
1130
9 ORACLE USA INC
1022
10 LARSEN & TOUBRO INFOTECH LIMITED
947
11 HCL AMERICA INC
910
12 DELOITTE & TOUCHE LLP
890
13 CISCO SYSTEMS INC
828
14 INTEL CORP
828
15 I-FLEX SOLUTIONS INC
817
16 ERNST & YOUNG LLP
774
17 TECH MAHINDRA AMERICAS INC
770
18 MOTOROLA INC
760
19 MPHASIS CORPORATION
751
20 DELOITTE CONSULTING LLP
665
21 LANCESOFT INC
645
22 NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
642
23 ACCENTURE LLP
637
24 JPMORGAN CHASE & CO
632
25 POLARIS SOFTWARE LAB INDIA LTD
611
26 COVANSYS CORPORATION
611
27 PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS LLP
591
28 QUALCOMM INCORPORATED
533
29 GOLDMAN SACHS & CO
529
30 KPMG LLP
476
31 MARLABS INC
475
32 UNIV OF MICHIGAN
437
33 UNIV OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO
434
34 UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
432
35 THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV MED INSTS
432
36 SYNTEL CONSULTING INC
416
37 CITIGROUP GLOBAL MARKETS INC
413
38 BEARINGPOINT INC
413
39 UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
404
40 KEANE INC
386
41 HTC GLOBAL SERVICES INC
382
42 IGATE MASTECH INC AN IGATE COMPANY
378
43 HEXAWARE TECHNOLOGIES INC
362
44 CAPITAL ONE SERVICES INC
362
45 COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
355
46 LEHMAN BROTHERS INC
352
47 YAHOO INC
347
48 US TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES LLC
339
49 INTELLIGROUP INC
336
50 HEWLETT PACKARD CO
333
51 RAPIDIGM INC
330
52 MERRILL LYNCH & CO INC
329
53 GOOGLE INC
328
54 CITIBANK N A
322
55 DIS NATIONAL INSTS OF HEALTH DHHS
322
56 YALE UNIVERSITY
316
57 NOKIA INC
314
58 TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INC
313
59 CAPGEMINI U S LLC
309
60 HARVARD UNIVERSITY
308
61 EMC CORPORATION
305
62 SUN MICROSYSTEMS INC
303
63 RITE AID CORPORATION
301
64 BLOOMBERG
298
65 GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
292
66 AMGEN INC
289
67 MCKINSEY & COMPANY INC US
286
68 MORGAN STANLEY
285
69 STANFORD UNIVERSITY
279
70 WASHINGTON UNIV IN ST LOUIS
278
71 VERIZON DATA SVCS INC
276
72 NYC-HHC HARLEM HOSPITAL CENTER
276
73 UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
275
74 INDIANA UNIVERSITY
273
75 OHIO STATE UNIV
271
76 EVEREST CONSULTING GROUP INC
269
77 UNIV OF MINNESOTA
269
78 AMTEX SYSTEMS INC
268
79 UW MADISON
268
80 STATE UNIV OF NY AT STONY BROOK
262
81 AMAZON GLOBAL RESOURCES INC
262
82 CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUNDATION
256
83 DALLAS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
255
84 UNIV OF CA DAVIS
254
85 NORTHWESTERN UNIV
251
86 SYNTEL INC
250
87 UNIV OF MISSOURI COLUMBIA
247
88 GLOBALCYNEX INC
247
89 KANBAY INCORPORATED
246
90 AMERICAN SOLUTIONS INC
242
91 UNIV OF FLORIDA INTL CENTER
240
92 UCLA
239
93 DUKE UNIV UNIV MED CTR & AFFIL INS
238
94 MOUNT SINAI MEDICAL CENTER
236
95 BANK OF AMERICA N A
236
96 SOFTWARE RESEARCH GROUP INC
234
97 BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
234
98 MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
232
99 CIBER INC
232
100 VERINON TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS LTD
230

Continue on to the 2nd half of the list (101 - 200)

The Top 200 H-1B Employers Of 2006
(101 - 200)
Rank
Company
No. of visas
101 EVEREST BUSINESS SOLUTIONS INC
226
102 VOLT TECHNICAL RESOURCES LLC
224
103 OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
223
104 COMPUNNEL SOFTWARE GROUP INC
222
105 US TECH SOLUTIONS INC
221
106 SYMANTEC CORP
220
107 JSMN INTERNATIONAL INC
218
108 UBS AG
216
109 CVS PHARMACY
213
110 THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
213
111 UNIV OF WASHINGTON
213
112 NORTEL NETWORKS INC
212
113 UNIV OF CA SAN FRANCISCO
211
114 UNIVERSITY OF MA MEDICAL SCHOOL
210
115 SPRINT UNITED MANAGEMENT COMPANY
209
116 HOUSTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRIC
209
117 PURDUE UNIV
208
118 GLOBAL CONSULTANTS INC
207
119 EMORY UNIVERSITY
207
120 UT HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER
207
121 UNIV OF COLORADO
207
122 VANDERBILT UNIV
205
123 OBJECTWIN TECHNOLOGY INC
205
124 DIASPARK INC
204
125 HSBC BANK USA N A
203
126 EBUSINESS APPLICATION SOLUTIONS
203
127 BROADCOM CORP
203
128 PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY PUBLIC SCHS
203
129 MICRON TECHNOLOGY INC
202
130 COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS INC
198
131 TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
198
132 APPLIED MATERIALS INC
195
133 SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORP
194
134 UNIV OF IOWA
194
135 IBM GLOBAL SVCS IGS INDIA PVT LTD
194
136 DELOITTE TAX LLP
194
137 CUMMINS INC
193
138 ITECH US INC
191
139 COMPUWARE CORPORATION
189
140 INTL STUDENTS AND SCHOLARS OFFICE
186
141 UNIVERSITY OF CA SAN DIEGO
185
142 WALGREEN CO
184
143 HOWARD HUGHES MEDICAL INSTITUTE
184
144 USC
183
145 VISION SYSTEMS GROUP INC
182
146 T MOBILE USA INC
180
147 MULTIVISION INC
178
148 EDS ELECTRONIC DATA SYSTEMS
177
149 MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECH
175
150 CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
174
151 CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIV
173
152 UNC CHAPEL HILL
173
153 THE UNIV OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM
172
154 DEUTSCHE BANK AG
170
155 CATERPILLAR INC
170
156 HALLMARK GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES INC
169
157 CYBERTHINK INC
169
158 CORPORATE COMPUTER SERVICES INC
167
159 ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES INC
167
160 MEGASOFT CONSULTANTS INC
166
161 ENTERPRISE SOLUTIONS INC
165
162 FREESCALE SEMICONDUCTOR INC
163
163 UT SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER AT
163
164 FIRST TEK TECHNOLOGIES INC
161
165 MICHIGAN STATE UNIV
161
166 RESEARCH FDN OF THE STATE UNIV OF
160
167 COMSYS SERVICES LLC
160
168 VIRGINIA TECH
160
169 JUNIPER NETWORKS INC
160
170 THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
158
171 IOWA STATE UNIV
157
172 UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
157
173 FEDEX CORPORATE SVCS INC
157
174 CREDIT SUISSE FIRST BOSTON LLC
156
175 BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB COMPANY
156
176 VERIZON SERVICES CORP
156
177 EBAY INC
155
178 AJILON LLC D B A AJILON CONSULTING
154
179 GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION
153
180 CAMO TECHNOLOGIES INC
152
181 MARVELL SEMICONDUCTOR INC
151
182 CMC AMERICAS INC
150
183 THE UNIV OF TEXAS M D ANDERSON CAN
149
184 NVIDIA CORPORATION
149
185 AT&T SERVICES INC
147
186 WEILL MED COLLEGE OF CORNELL UNIV
146
187 AXIOM SYSTEMS INC
146
188 WAYNE STATE UNIV
146
189 MAYO CLINIC ROCHESTER
146
190 NC STATE UNIV
146
191 GENENTECH INC
146
192 MAKRO TECHNOLOGIES INC
145
193 SVAM INTERNATIONAL INC
144
194 MEMORIAL SLOAN-KETTERING CANCER
143
195 NUTECH INFORMATION SYSTEMS
143
196 XPEDITE TECHNOLOGIES INC
143
197 AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING INC
143
198 LOUISIANA STATE UNIV
142
199 FANNIE MAE
141
200 MINDTREE CONSULTING PVT LTD
141

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