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USCIS Report on the Characteristics of H-1B Workers for Fiscal Year 2016

By Bill at September 13, 2017 07:36
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In August 2017, USCIS presented a report titled, "Characteristics of H-1B Specialty Occupation Workers" for fiscal year 2016. The report was originally provided to four honorable members of Congress. The report includes some of the following highlights: H-1B petitions increased 14% from 348,669 in FY 2015 to 398,718 in FY 2016. H-1B approvals increased 25% from 275,317 in FY 2014 to 345,262 in FY 2016. 71% H-1B approvals in FY 2015 were for workers between the ages of 25 and 34. The med... [More]

Fall is the best season for hiring and job search

By Bill at August 21, 2017 19:32
Filed Under: Tips and Features
In the US, recruiting and hiring is year round. However, the busiest hiring season is the fall(Labor Day through Thanksgiving). Job seekers who make contact right at the start of these cycles have the best chance of being hired! In September, decision makers are back from summer vacation. Hiring managers push for an increase to take advantage of remaining budget for the year. If they don't hire before January, they might lose the allocated funds for new employees. CEOs also try to... [More]

May 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

By Bill at August 07, 2017 00:45
Filed Under: Immigration News
Data on occupational employment and wages are collected from employers of every size, in every state, in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, in all industry sectors. These estimates are cross-industry estimates. Self-employed persons are not included in the survey or estimates. Occupation title EmploymentMedian hourly wageMean hourly wageAnnual mean wage Management Occupations 7,090,790 $48.46 $56.74 $118,020 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 7,... [More]

U.S. employers submitted nearly 140K LCA after April 1

By Bill at July 24, 2017 00:16
Filed Under: Immigration News
We have published all labor applications(LCA) filed by U.S. employers during the first 9 months of fiscal year 2017 through our legacy database system. From October 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017, Department of Labor received 528,146 LCA for H-1B visa jobs: 6,989 were denied, 38,784 were withdrawn. U.S. employers still submitted large number of LCA after April 1 when the annual quota for H-1B Visa was used up. The total number is estimated to be over 140K at the end of July. Click here to un... [More]

Strong job growth drives jobless rate to 16-year low

By Bill at July 11, 2017 01:44
Filed Under: Immigration News
The U.S. created 222,000 new jobs in June as hiring accelerated in the spring, showing that companies are still finding ways to add staff despite a growing shortage of skilled workers. The U.S. is forecast to grow twice as fast in the second quarter as it did in the first three months of the year. The job market remains in good shape eight years into the economic expansion. The unemployment rate, meanwhile, rose to 4.4% from 4.3% in May as more people entered the labor force in search of ... [More]

Unemployed Rates by occupation and sex June 2017

By Bill at July 11, 2017 01:03
Filed Under: Immigration News
Unemployed persons by occupation and sex[Numbers in thousands] OccupationTotal unemployedUnemployment rates June2016June2017TotalMenWomen June2016June2017June2016June2017June2016June2017 Total, 16 years and over(1) 8,144 7,250 5.1 4.5 5.0 4.4 5.2 4.7   Management, professional, and related occupations 1,712 1,440 2.8 2.3 2.4 2.2 3.2 2.5 Management, business, and financial operations occupations 646 504 2.5 1.9 2.2 2.... [More]

Foreign-born STEM Workers in the United States

By Bill at June 20, 2017 04:26
Filed Under: Immigration News
Workers in STEM fields(science, technology, engineering, and math) play an increasingly important role in the U.S. economy. Foreign-born workers make up a growing share of the country STEM workforce. Using data from the American Community Survey (ACS), American Immigration Council recently published Fact Sheet:Foreign-born STEM Workers in the United States. It provides an extensive overview of the occupational, gender, educational, and geographic distribution of foreign-born STEM workers ... [More]

Bill seeking exemption of visa limits for foreigners with US PhD introduced

By Bill at June 02, 2017 21:30
Filed Under: Immigration News
Congressman Erik Paulsen(Republican) and Mike Quigley(Democratic) introduced the bipartisan Stopping Trained in America Ph.Ds from Leaving the Economy (STAPLE) Act on May 25, 2017.  The bill would exempt foreign-born individuals who have earned an American Ph.D. in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) from the limits on the number of employment-based green cards and H-1B visas awarded annually. Congressman Paulsen said, "With thousands of high-skilled jobs going u... [More]

Paulsen, Quigley Reintroduce Bipartisan Immigration Bill Encouraging American Innovation

By Bill at June 02, 2017 20:55
Filed Under: Immigration News
05/25/17 Washington, D.C. – Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Congressman Mike Quigley (IL-05) introduced the bipartisan Stopping Trained in America Ph.D.s from Leaving the Economy (STAPLE) Act, which would exempt foreign-born individuals who have earned an American Ph.D. in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) from the limits on the number of employment-based green cards and H-1B visas awarded annually. “It is no surprise that the brightest minds ... [More]

U.S. jobless claims at lowest level in 28 years

By Bill at May 18, 2017 19:43
Filed Under: Immigration News
Labor Department reported on May 18 that, initial claims for state unemployment benefits decreased to 232,000 for the week ended May 13. The total number of unemployed workers receiving benefits fell to 1.9 million, the lowest such mark since November of 1988, when the workforce was much smaller. Claims have now been below 300,000, a threshold associated with a healthy labor market, for 115 straight weeks. That is the longest such stretch since 1970, when the labor market was smaller. ... [More]

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