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The Top 10 US Employers Requesting Visas for Foreign Workers

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Microsoft heads the list.

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MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL The top 10 US-based employers requesting H-1B visas for highly skilled foreign workers include Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Deloitte, and Cognizant Technology (NASDAQ:CTSH), according to analysis by the Brookings Institute. Microsoft requested more than 4,100 visas per year for foreign workers on average. The majority of the visas are for Indian and Chinese nationals.

Beginning as part of the Immigration Act of 1990, the H-1B visa program allows employers to hire foreigners to work in specialty occupations on a temporary basis. Specialty occupations are defined as "requiring theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and the attainment of a bachelor's degree or higher (or its equivalent) in the field of specialty." [Editor's note: All H-1B visa recipients are required to have at least a bachelor's degree with the exception of fashion models.]

Not surprisingly, the bulk of the list are technology companies including Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), IBM (NYSE:IBM), Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL), Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM). and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG). Cognizant, UST Global, and Deloitte all provide consulting and outsourcing for IT services.

A bit surprising was the number of foreign-based companies requesting H-1B visas for employees to work at their US locations. This list is topped by four India-based IT services companies Tata Consultancy (NSE:TCS), Wipro (NYSE:WIT), IBM India, and Infosys (NASDAQ:INFY). Larsen & Toubro (NSE:LT), also on the list, is an India-based technology, engineering, construction, and manufacturing company.
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