Silicon Valley Companies Top List of H-1B Employers

A quick review of the list of largest H-1B users for FY 2009 shows high tech and Silicon Valley topping the list. The top users of the H-1B program for 2009 included multi-national technology companies headquartered, and with branch offices in Silicon Valley. Wipro tops the list with 1,964 new H-1B visas. Microsoft is second with 1318, but then Intel Corp has a big drop off at 723 H-1B's The list of Silicon Valley companies continues, including Infosys Technologies (440), Qualcomm (320), Cisco (308), Oracle (272), Google (211), Yahoo (183), Apple (168), Nvidia (130), and Hewlett Packard (115). While there is no way to know whether these companies sponsored employees located in Silicon Valley, as opposed to another office location, it is clear that high-tech and Silicon Valley are standouts on the list of H-1B employers.

Those who assume the H-1B is a tool used primarily by IT companies may be surprised to see the number of prestigious universities and medical facilities also nearing the top of the list. H-1B visas are work visas for professional workers who typically require at least a Bachelor's degree for entry into their profession. This includes teachers, professors, doctors, and scientists in addition to engineers.

The first two pages of the list are below:

H-1B Users Fy2009

H-1B Visas, Work Visas / by Michelle Gee