On January 14, Republican and Democratic senators introduced legislation that would make it easier for U.S. employers to hire more foreign specialists in science, technology and engineering(full text, summary, AILA News Release). Among the bill's provisions are the following:
Increases the H-1B cap from 65,000 to 115,000 and allows the cap to go up (but not above 195,000) or down (but not below 115,000), depending on actual market demand.
Removes the existing 20,000 cap on the U.S.... [More]
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) applauds the introduction of the Immigration Innovation Act of 2015 (S. 153) by Senators Hatch (R-UT), Klobuchar (D-MN), Rubio (R-FL), Coons (D-DE), Flake (R-AZ), and Blumenthal (D-CT). The Immigration Innovation Act (“I-Squared” Act) provides critical reforms needed in the area of high-skilled immigration. [More]
By Bill at January 15, 2015 23:53
Summary of S. 153, Immigration Innovation ("I-Squared") Act of 2015, Bi-Partisan Bill Sponsored by Summary of S. 153, Immigration Innovation ("I-Squared") Act of 2015, Bi-Partisan Bill Sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch. [More]
We have just published all labor certifications filed by U.S. employers during fiscal year 2014 through our legacy database system. From October 2013 to September 2014, U.S. employers filed 519,504 labor condition applications for H-1B visa jobs, a 17% increase from 2013. During the same time, Department of Labor made decisions on 70,998 labor certifications for employment green card: a 61% increase from 2013.
LCA filed for H1B Visa... [More]
The H1B visa is a temporary worker visa in specialty occupations. To qualify for it, you must meet one of the following three education requirements:
You hold a bachelor's or higher degree in the specialty occupation from an accredited college or university.
You have 12 years of progressively responsible work experience in the specialty.
You have a combination of education and related professional work experience in the specialty. Three years of specialized experience is generally con... [More]
In September 2014, average hourly earning of all U.S. employees on private nonfarm payrolls was $24.53, which was 47 cents higher than one year ago. But how about the salary levels of those professional occupations qualified for H1B visa? Based on a national survey of employers of every size, in every state and every industry sector, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics created the 2013 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates. Following table is a summary of H1B related occupations. ... [More]
The 2013 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates are calculated from data collected in a national survey of employers. These estimates are cross-industry estimates; each occupation's employment and wage estimates are calculated from data collected from employers in all industry sectors. Self-employed persons are not included in the survey or estimates.
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All Occupa... [More]
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.
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U.S. employers added 248,000 new jobs in September, a burst of hiring that helped drive down the unemployment rate to 5.9 percent, the lowest since July 2008. Many economists consider an unemployment rate of 5.5% as a healthy level. [More]
U.S. unemployment rate and unemployed persons(in thousands) by occupation and age in September. [More]