U.S. Companies Hiring the World's Geniuses

5) Oracle Corp.

> H-1B requests: 1,413
> No. employees: 115,166
> Revenue: $37 billion
> Headquarters: Santa Clara, Calif.
> Industry: Computing

Most of Oracle’s Corp. (NASDAQ: ORCL) requests for foreign workers on H-1B visas are at the corporate headquarters in the San Jose metro area, home of Silicon Valley. Between 2001 and 2011, Oracle filed 10,947 requests for H-1B visas for various software engineering roles. The average salary for these positions was $103,196.

4) IBM
> H-1B requests: 1,468
> No. employees: 433,362
> Revenue: $106.9 billion
> Headquarters: Armonk, N.Y.
> Industry: Computing, consulting

International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) ranks fourth in H-1B visa applications, with 6,180. It is the second of two consulting firms among the top 10 public American companies requesting H-1B foreign workers. Between 2001 and 2011, the second largest American employer filed almost 19,000 requests for H-1B visas. Most of these jobs were for consultants and programmers. And while Big Blue is headquartered in New York, many of these jobs were spread throughout the United States.

3) Intel Corp.
> H-1B requests: 1,510
> No. employees: 100,100
> Revenue: $54.0 billion
> Headquarters: Mountain View, Calif.
> Industry: Semiconductors

Between 2001 and 2011, Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) made over 10,000 requests for H-1B visas. The San Jose metro area, home of Intel and Silicon Valley, ranks first in the country for the intensity of H-1B applications, with 17.1 applications per 1,000 workers, and fourth in sheer number of applications for a metro area with 14,926. More than 80% of these jobs are in computing and engineering, areas in which Intel does most of its hiring. Intel also happens to rank 16th for the number of patents awarded in the U.S. in 2011, with 1,244 patents.

2) Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp.
> H-1B requests: 2,017
> No. employees: 140,500
> Revenue: $6.1 billion
> Headquarters: Teaneck, N.J.
> Industry: IT, business consulting

Founded by Sri Lankan-American Kumar Mahadeva, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. (NASDAQ: CTSH) is one of only two public American consulting companies in the top 10. However, in a comprehensive list of all companies, regardless of ownership status and nationality, Cognizant is one of eight consulting companies among the top 10 visa requesters. Cognizant has been a perennial top requester, having made 7,522 applications since 2001. The company’s headquarters in Teaneck made the most requests, followed by offices in Connecticut, Virginia and Arizona.

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1) Microsoft Corp.
> H-1B requests: 4,109
> No. employees: 90,000
> Revenue: $73.7 billion
> Headquarters: Redmond, Wash.
> Industry: Computing

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) comes in first with 4,109 H-1B visa requests, more than double the next public American company on the list. It makes almost 30% more requests than India’s Tata Consultancy Services Ltd., which ranks second on a list that includes both foreign and private firms. Microsoft accounts for 1.26% of all requests made in the United States. In the Seattle metro area, home of Microsoft, computer occupations comprised 6,519 of the 9,633 total H-1B applications. This area ranked ninth in the country for the number of visa requests, with 5.6 requests per 1,000 workers.

Michael B. Sauter and Lisa Uible