U.S. Companies Hiring the World’s Geniuses

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10) JPMorgan Chase & Co.
> H1-B requests: 645
> No. employees: 260,000
> Revenue: $90 billion
> Headquarters: New York, N.Y.
> Industry: Banking, financial services

Close behind its competitor Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) ranks 10th for the number of visa requests by a public American company, with 645 applications. Similar to Goldman, many of these requests were for software and application development, ahead of strictly banking and financial positions. The average salary for JPMorgan’s H-1B visa applicants was over $107,000.

9) Goldman Sachs & Co.
> H1-B requests: 656
> No. employees: 32,400
> Revenue: $29 billion
> Headquarters: New York, N.Y.
> Industry: Banking, financial services

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) is the first bank to crack the top 10 list of visa requesters among public American companies. Goldman also tops the list for the most requests in the New York metro area — this area generated a total of 52,291 requests, accounting for almost 16% of the national demand for H-1B visas. Financial specialists are the second-highest profession requesting applications in the New York metro area, with 6,206 requests. Many of the requests for H-1B visas at Goldman were for software development and programming roles. The average salary for Goldman’s 2011 H-1B visa applicants was over $118,000.

8) CVS RX Services
> H1-B requests: 688
> No. employees: 202,000
> Revenue: $99 billion
> Headquarters: Woonsocket, R.I.
> Industry: Retail pharmacy

The second-largest pharmacy chain in the United States comes in eighth for number of visas requested. While the only pharmacy chain in the top 10 list of public American companies requesting visas, CVS Caremark Corp. (NYSE: CVS) is certainly not the only company requesting visas for pharmacy workers. Rite-Aid Corp. (NYSE: RAD), Walgreen Co. (NYSE: WAG), Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) and Safeway Inc. (NYSE: SWY) have all requested workers in the pharmacy profession. Pharmacists are also among the highest-paid H-1B visa workers, making on average almost $114,000.

7) Google Inc.
> H1-B requests: 1,009
> No. employees: 33,000
> Revenue: $38 billion
> Headquarters: Menlo Park, Calif.
> Industry: Internet, computer software

With such reliance on the skills of foreign workers, it is no wonder that Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) also has been a serious supporter of H-1B visa reform, aiming to increase the number of visas available. This is one of the Internet giant’s major lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C. The majority of H-1B visa requests were for positions at Google’s headquarters in Menlo Park. The average salary for positions for which the company is requesting H-1B visas is $124,616.

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6) Qualcomm Inc.
> H1-B requests: 1,017
> No. employees: 17,500
> Revenue: $15 billion
> Headquarters: San Diego, Calif.
> Industry: Telecommunications

The vast majority of the requests that Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) made for H-1B visas were for jobs in San Diego, with 983 applications. This represents almost 22% of all the visa requests in the metro area. Other large employers of H-1B visa workers there include the University of California-San Diego and Larsen & Toubro, the Indian conglomerate. Qualcomm remains an R&D powerhouse: it ranked 26th for the number of patents filed in the United States in 2011 at 926.