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White House Proposed Skills-based Immigration System

By Bill at October 20, 2017 02:14
Filed Under: Immigration News

On Oct. 8, 2017, the White House released the promised Immigration Principles & Policies which outline the Trump Administration's position on immigration. This document is broken into three parts: 1) Border Security, 2) Interior Enforcement, and 3) Merit-Based Immigration. read full document

"The current immigration system prioritizes extended family based chain migration over skills-based immigration and does not serve the national interest. Decades of low-skilled immigration has suppressed wages, fueled unemployment and strained federal resources."

Therefore, the Administration proposed establishing a merit-based immigration system that protects U.S. workers and taxpayers, and ending chain migration, to promote financial success and assimilation for newcomers.

  1. Limit extended-family chain migration and replace it with a merit-based system that prioritizes skills and economic contributions.
  2. Establish a skills-based, points-based system for green cards;
  3. Eliminate the "Diversity Visa Lottery".
  4. Limit the number of refugees, prevent abuse of the Refugee Admissions Program.

For more information, please click to read original proposal or check our top visa sponsor reports.

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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 unfilled, the STAPLE Act makes sure American companies are getting the talent they need. By stapling a green card or visa to their diplomas, these professionals can invent and innovate new discoveries that grow our economy."

The same bill was introduced in the House before. During Obama Administration, chance for enactment of such legislation was slim, but during the current Republican government and Congress, the odd is much higher.

For more information, please read press release.

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Paulsen, Quigley Reintroduce Bipartisan Immigration Bill Encouraging American Innovation

By Bill at June 02, 2017 20:55
Filed Under: Immigration News

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 from around the world come to the United States to pursue their advanced degrees, and we should be doing all we can to ensure students we educate and train here use what they’ve learned to contribute to the American economy,” said Congressman Paulsen. “With thousands of high-skilled jobs going unfilled, the STAPLE Act makes sure American companies are getting the talent they need. By stapling a green card or visa to their diplomas, these professionals can invent and innovate new discoveries that grow our economy.”  

“If we are serious about fostering innovation, spurring economic activity, and staying competitive in the global marketplace, we must encourage the brightest minds in the world to study, work, and stay in our communities,” said Congressman Quigley. “We cannot advance our technology or research if we continue sending foreign-born, but U.S. educated, students with advanced degrees away. I am proud to join Rep. Paulsen in re-introducing the STAPLE Act, which invests in our future by supporting STEM educated professionals that want to contribute to our economy and society.”

H-1B visas, also known as high-skilled visas, are subject to annual caps that are woefully short of the number necessary to fill high-skilled jobs. Since April 1 when the U.S. began accepting H-1B petitions, the U.S. has received 233,000 applications for these high-skilled visas. Only 65,000 will be available this year, meaning that applicants will be subject to a lottery where two-out-of-three applicants will be denied a visa.

Numerous studies have found that H-1B visas correspond with an increase in jobs for native citizens. For example, a 2011 American Enterprise Institute study found that “an additional 100 foreign-born workers in STEM fields with advanced degrees from U.S. universities is associated with an additional 262 jobs among U.S. natives.”

Congressman Paulsen, a champion of small business and advocate of free enterprise, entrepreneurship, and innovation, serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, the bicameral Joint Economic Committee, and is co-chair of the Congressional Medical Technology Caucus.

DOL approved 50% more labor certifications for green card in 2016

By Bill at June 23, 2016 02:27
Filed Under: Immigration News
We have published all labor certifications(PERM) approved by Department of Labor during the first six months of fiscal year 2016 through our legacy database system

From October 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016, Department of Labor made decisions on 61,556 labor certifications for green card jobs, 50% more than the same period of 2015: 2,961 were denied, 2,490 were withdrawn(view DOL report). 

  2015(first 6 month) 2016(first 6 month) Increase
Certified 36,373 56,105 54%
Denied 2,363 2,961 25%
Withdrawn 2,196 2,490 13%
Total 40,932 61,556 50%


The 2016 data is in extended format: the number of fields increases from 24 to 150. You can now view the details of immigration attorney, job opportunity, recruitment efforts and alien worker. 

Please use following links to search potential job opportunities and pitch employers directly. Our new visa job database is now updated daily with full copies of original petitions. However, we still maintain the legacy system which is updated once every quarter with case summary only. Some cases might not appear on both systems due to various reasons. 

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Department of Labor Released 2015 Green Card Jobs Data

By Bill at September 02, 2015 01:52
Filed Under: Immigration News
We have published all labor certifications(PERM) approved by Department of Labor during the first nine months of fiscal year 2015 through our legacy database system. view DOL report on top 5 visa classifications, top 5 occupations and top 5 countries of citizenship

From October 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015, Department of Labor made decisions on 62,512 labor certifications for green card jobs: 4,195 were denied, 3,223 were withdrawn. 

  Year to Date First Quarter Second Quarter Third Quarter
Certified 53,244 16,173 20,181 16,890
Denied 4,195 1,029 1,015 2,151
Withdrawn 3,223 1,103 1,091 1,029


The 2015 data is in extended format: the number of fields increases from 24 to 150. You can now view the details of immigration attorney, job opportunity, recruitment efforts and alien worker. 

Please use following links to search potential job opportunities and pitch employers directly. Our new visa job database is now updated daily with full copies of original petitions. However, we still maintain the legacy system which is updated once every quarter with case summary only. Some cases might not appear on both systems due to various reasons. 

U.S. employers are always looking for skilled workers, even in holiday seasons. Please polish your resume and update your career profiles regularly

Bipartisan Senate Bill Would Increase Visas and Green Cards for Foreign Workers

By Bill at January 16, 2015 01:24
Filed Under: Immigration News

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 textsummary, 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. advanced degree exemption for H-1Bs.
  • Authorizes employment for dependent spouses of H-1B visa holders.
  • Exempts dependents of employment-based immigrant visa recipients, U.S. STEM advanced degree holders, persons with extraordinary ability, and outstanding professors and researchers from the employment-based green card cap.
  • Eliminates annual per-country limits for employment-based visa petitioners and adjusts per-country caps for family-based immigrant visas.

For more information, please review full text or summary of S. 153, Immigration Innovation ("I-Squared") Act of 2015. 

MicrosoftGoogleFacebook and Apple are among companies that have been clamoring for better access to high-skilled foreign workers. 

Analysts say the bills have a strong chance of passing both houses. "Congress seems much more amenable to high-skilled reform than they were before," said Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration policy analyst at the libertarian Cato Institute. "Republicans have been on board with expanding high-skilled immigration for a very long time. Now that they control the Senate, they can control the discussion on that, and they're going to push for more liberalization of the system than they would have gotten in a mixed Congress." 

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Summary of S. 153, Immigration Innovation Act of 2015

By Bill at January 15, 2015 23:53
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Summary 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). (full text)

  • Employment-Based Nonimmigrant H-1B Visas
    • Increase the H-1B cap from 65,000 to 115,000
    • Allow the cap to go up (but not above 195,000) within any fiscal year where early filings exceed cap and require the cap to go down in a following fiscal year (but not below 115,000) if usage at the end of any fiscal year is below that particular year’s cap
    • Uncap the existing U.S. advanced degree exemption (currently limited to 20,000 per year)
    • Authorize employment for dependent spouses of H-1B visa holders
  • Increase worker mobility by establishing a grace period during which foreign workers can change jobs and not be out of status and restoring visa revalidation for E, H, L, O and P nonimmigrant visa categories
  • Student Visas: Allow dual intent for foreign students at U.S. colleges and universities to provide the certainty they need to ensure their future in the United States
  • Green Cards:
    • Enable the recapture of green card numbers that were approved by Congress in previous years but were not used, and continue this policy going forward through the roll-over of unused green cards in future fiscal years to the following fiscal year
    • Exempt certain categories of persons from the employment-based green card cap:
      • Dependents of employment-based immigrant visa recipients
      • U.S. STEM advance degree holders
      • Persons with extraordinary ability
      • Outstanding professors and researchers
      • Eliminate annual per-country limits for employment based visa petitioners
      • Adjust per-country caps for family-based immigrant visas
  • U.S. STEM Education & Worker Retraining Initiative: Reform fees on H-1B visas and employment-based green cards; use money from these fees to fund a grant program to promote STEM education and worker retraining to be administered by the states

2014 H1B Visa and Green Card Reports Released!

By Bill at February 20, 2014 19:18
Filed Under: Immigration News, Visa Knowledge

100 U.S CEOs Ask Senate to Approve Immigration Reform Bill

By Bill at June 23, 2013 17:08
Filed Under: Immigration News

More than 100 CEOs from top U.S. employers ask the U.S. Senate to approve comprehensive immigration reform bill, because they strongly believe the bill includes "key improvements in the availability of both green cards and H-1B visas – will help address the national talent shortage". read more

Without the increase of both green cards and H-1B Visas, even if "every American graduate receiving an advanced STEM degree gets a job, the U.S. is estimated to face at least 200,000 unfilled advanced-degree STEM jobs by 2018". Bill Kamela, a policy counsel at Microsoft added that Microsoft currently has more than 6,000 jobs it cannot fill!

Please click here to read the letter and the full list of executives who have signed the letter. Click following names to see the visa jobs these employers have sponsored. As we reported earlier, if the President could sign the bill into law by the end of the summer, we might have 50,000-75,000 extra H1B Visa available starting from October 1, 2013.

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Foreign Workers and Tech Industry Big Immigration Bill Winners

By Bill at May 28, 2013 21:29
Filed Under: Immigration News

Senate Judiciary Committee approved the amended Immigration Bill on May 21 with 13-5 majority votes. While the White House immediately praised the result, the H-1B opponents were angry, because the foreign workers and tech industry are big winners

The original bill would increase H-1B Visa and "high-tech" green card, and give their spouses work authorization(read details). The amended bill extended more favors: 

  • According to Computer World, the revised bill raises the annual H-1B cap from 65,000 to 115,000(originally 110,000). The annual escalator increases from 10,000 to 20,000 if occupational unemployment for the management, professional and related occupations is below 4.5%(which has been below 4% in recent years). read details 

    If the President could sign the bill into law as it is before the end of fiscal year 2013(Sep 30, 2013), we might have 50,000-75,000 new H1B Visa available starting October 1, 2013(fights still ahead). 
  • Most employers will not be required to offer a job to an equally or better qualified U.S. worker before hiring foreign workers, only "dependent firms" have to do it. Dependent firms are those with 15% or more of the workforce on visas. The bill mandates the H-1B dependent employers to offer minimum of Level II wage and banning Level I wage. 
  • A new "intending immigrant" provision excludes the number of H-1B and L-1 employees who have started the green card process from counting the total number of H-1B and L-1 employees for the determination of "dependent firms".

    This provision will certainly encourage employers to file large number of employment based green card petitions for their employees to avoid the title of  "dependent firms"! 

The best part of the original bill is a 60-day transition period for H-1B workers to change jobs. An employer can no longer kick a worker out of the country by firing them and workers who wish to renew their visas no longer have to leave the country. Foreign workers can finally make their own employment decisions without worrying too much about the legal status! 

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