According to the analysis, the maximum number of H-1B visas approved from 2010 to 2016 went to employers in the New York City metro area.
College Station metro area of Texas, which is home of Cognizant’s US headquarters, has had the highest H-1B visa approvals per 100 workers from 2010 to 2016, according to a recent analysis by Pew Research Center.
“When looking at the footprint of high-skilled foreign workers by metro area, College Station, Texas, stands far above the rest, with about 32 H-1B approvals per 100 workers,” according to the report. “By comparison, no other metro area had more than five H-1B approvals per 100 workers.”
The analysis revealed that almost all the approved work visas in the area went to Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp – more than 99 percent to be precise. In total, the metro area received 37,800 H-1B visa approvals during the above mentioned years, the latest data that is available.
Following College Station, San Jose leads in terms of the number of the work visa approvals per 100 workers in a metro area. From 2010 to 2016, the city received 22,200 H-1B visas, with a rate of two approvals per 100 workers.
Talking about the maximum number of approvals overall, New York City ranks highest with about 247,900 work visas granted in the above said years. The area got 29 percent of the total H-1B visa approved across the country. In total, more than 859,600 were issued by the US government during the fiscal years from 2010 to 2016.
The report also mentioned that about 49 percent of the work visas went to beneficiaries with an advanced degree. The beneficiaries of the country’s most popular work visa program earned an average salary of $80,600 during these years.
“Bridgeport, Connecticut, had the highest average salary ($100,200) of any metro area, followed by Seattle ($98,100) and Phoenix ($97,100). In College Station, the Texas metro area with the greatest concentration of H-1B workers in its workforce, the average salary in 2010-2016 was $82,600,” according to the report.