Silicon Valley Leads in H-1B Visa Demand: Study

India West
August 6, 2012

The leading metro area in the U.S. for H-1B worker demand, based on the number of requests as a percentage of available jobs in the area, is California’s San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara corridor, according to a new Brookings Institute study released July 18.

The H-1B visa program allows workers from foreign countries with specialized skills to come work in the U.S. for a temporary period, granted in three-year increments.

In the second and third places for the visa demand, however, are two metro areas generally not known as H-1B magnets: Columbus, Indiana, and the Durham-Chapel Hill area in North Carolina.

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