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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61,556 labor certifications for green card jobs, 50% more than the same period of 2015: 2,961 were denied, 2,490 were withdrawn(view DOL report). 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Withdrawn 2,196 2,490 13%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Department of Labor made decisions on 62,512 labor certifications for green card jobs: 4,195 were denied, 3,223 were withdrawn.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Withdrawn 3,223 1,103 1,091 1,029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." 

U.S. employers are always looking for skilled workers. Please polish your resume and update your career profiles regularly.

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! 

Are you ready? The employers are always looking for skilled workers, make sure you polish your resume and update your career profiles regularly

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Landmark Immigration Bill to Increase H1B Visa and Employment Green Card

By Bill at April 17, 2013 06:42
Filed Under: Immigration News

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Update: Senate Judiciary Committee approved an amended Immigration Bill on May 21.

On Tuesday, a bipartisan group of senators introduced a landmark 1000-page long immigration bill that would bolster border security, legalize undocumented immigrants and substantially increase the number of H-1B Visa and employment based green card. 


The outline of the bill is available on myvisajobs.com document section and immigration blog. . Following are some highlights related to H-1B Visa and employment green card. 

  • H-1B Visas full outline on H1B Visa
    • Increase H-1B base cap from 65,000 to 110,000, can go as high as 180,000
    • Increase 20,000 exemption for U.S. advanced degree holders to be 25,000
    • Employers must pay significantly higher wages for H-1B workers than under current law
    • Spouses of H-1B workers(H-4 Visa holders) might get work authorization
    • Dual intent visas for all students who come here on bachelor's degree programs or above
  • Green Cards full outline on employment green card
    • Merit based visa will award green card based on education, skills and employment
    • Startup visa for foreign entrepreneurs
    • Repeal Diversity Visa Program(Green Card Lottery)
    • Repeal F4 green card category for brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens
    • Exempts the following categories from the annual numerical limits on employment-based immigrants:
      • derivative beneficiaries of employment-based immigrants
      • aliens of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education,business or athletics
      • outstanding professors and researchers
      • multinational executives and managers
      • doctoral degree holders in STEM field
      • physicians who have completed the foreign residency requirements or have received a waiver

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Smith Introduces the STEM Jobs Act

By Bill at September 20, 2012 05:02
Filed Under: Immigration News
For Immediate Release
September 18, 2012
Contact: Jessica Baker, (202) 225-3951

Smith Introduces the STEM Jobs Act

Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and nearly 50 Members of Congress today introduced bipartisan legislation to help the United States boost job creation, grow our economy, and remain globally competitive by increasing green cards for talented foreign graduates of American universities with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  The STEM Jobs Act (H.R. 6429) eliminates the diversity visa lottery and reallocates up to 55,000 green cards a year to the top foreign graduates of U.S. universities with STEM doctorates.  Any remaining green cards are then made available to foreign graduates with master’s degrees in STEM fields.  The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the STEM Jobs Act this Thursday. 

Chairman Smith:  “Many of the world’s top students come to the U.S. to obtain advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects.  We could boost economic growth and spur job creation by allowing American employers to more easily hire some of the most qualified foreign graduates of U.S. universities.  These students have the ability to start a company that creates jobs or come up with an invention that could jump-start a whole new industry. 

“In a global economy, we cannot afford to educate these foreign graduates in the U.S. and then send them back home to work for our competitors.  For America to be to the world’s economic leader, we must have access to the world’s best talent.  The STEM Jobs Act makes our immigration system smarter by eliminating the diversity visa program and reallocating up to 55,000 new green cards to the best foreign graduates with advanced degrees in STEM fields.  This legislation will help us create jobs, increase our competitiveness, and spur our innovation.”

Original cosponsors of H.R. 6429 include Reps. Bob Goodlatte, (R-Va.), Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), David Dreier (R-Calif.), Ed Royce (R-Calif.), Tim Griffin (R-Ark.), Elton Gallegly (R-Calif.), Dan Lungren (R-Calif.), Steve Chabot (R- Ohio), Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), Ted Poe (R-Texas), Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Sam Johnson (R-Texas), Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.), Wally Herger (R-Calif.), Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), Ken Calvert (R-Calif.), Donald Manzullo (R-Ill.), Sue Myrick (R-N.C.), Kay Granger (R-Texas), Pete Sessions (R-Texas), Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), John Carter (R-Texas), Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas), Michael Conaway (R-Texas), Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Steve Pearce (R-N.M.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), Pete Olson (R-Texas), Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.), Ann Marie Buerkle (R-N.Y.), Renee Elmers (R-N.C.), Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.), Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), David McKinley (R-W.Va.), Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.), Dave Schweikert (R-Ariz.), Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), and Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.).

Sen. Schumer Press Release of BRAINS Act

By Bill at September 20, 2012 04:57
Filed Under: Immigration News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 18, 2012

SCHUMER, COONS INTRODUCE VISA REFORM PLAN TO KEEP BEST AND BRIGHTEST IN U.S. TO FUEL VITAL INDUSTRY, CREATE JOBS AND BOOST ECONOMIC GROWTH



Current Immigration Policy Encourages Foreign Students With Advanced Degrees To Move Home, Despite Shortage of Engineers in U.S. “BRAINS Act” Would Make It Easier For Most Talented Foreign Students To Stay In U.S. After School And Fill High-Tech Jobs Vital To Emerging Start-ups and Tech Giants

Senate Plan Would Create 55K New STEM Visas In Each of Next Two Years

 

WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and Chris Coons (D-DE) unveiled legislation on Tuesday to reform the U.S. visa system in order to encourage the world’s best and brightest to stay in the United States after receiving graduate degrees in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. 

 

The “BRAINS Act” would fix a long-existing problem in our visa system that, despite the worsening shortage of highly-skilled tech workers based in the United States, forces many of the world’s brightest students to return to their country of origin, taking with them any economic growth and jobs that they might create. 

 

The legislation creates a pilot program through which 55,000 new green cards per year will be available for foreign students who graduate from U.S. universities with advanced degrees in STEM fields. It also reduces the red tape to obtain a student visa, and allows high-tech workers currently in the United States on temporary visas to renew their visas without having to first return to their country of origin. 

 

“It makes no sense that America is educating the world’s smartest and most talented students and then, once they are at their full potential, kicks them out the door,” said Schumer. “We should be encouraging every brilliant and well educated immigrant to stay here, build a business here, employ people here, and grow our economy.  Fixing our broken greencard system will help ensure that the next eBay, the next Google, the next Intel will be started in America, not in Shanghai.”

 

"American colleges and universities are educating some of the sharpest technical minds on the planet," Coons said. "So why are we sending them away to pursue their ideas in other countries? We are fueling the economies that are trying to beat us in the global marketplace. The BRAINS Act clears a path for foreign-born, American-educated students with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and math to stay in the United States after graduation to pursue their ideas and create jobs here. This bill is a creative solution to a significant problem, and a smart way to inject new innovations into the American market. I'm proud to support these needed reforms to our immigration system, and to help unite families who are an integral part of the fabric of this country."

 

Current immigration policy encourages foreign students to study and get their degrees from America’s top universities, but discourages those same students from remaining in the United States and starting new companies in America. Schumer and Coons noted that those students who wish to make America their permanent home must compete for very limited H1-B temporary visas that make it difficult to change jobs, earn a promotion, or travel abroad; or they must eventually give up and return home—wasting what is often up to a decade of educational investment by our American schools.

 

A summary of the new STEM proposal appears below.

 

Overview of the Benefits to Research and American Innovation through Nationality Statutes Act of 2012 (‘‘BRAINS Act’’)

 

The BRAINS Act will finally provide the much-needed reform to our high-skilled immigration system that America needs to ensure that the industries of the 21st century take root here in the United States.  It will accomplish this goal in the following ways:

 

1.     It creates a 2-year pilot program to provide 55,000 new green cards per year for foreign students who graduate from U.S. universities with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (“STEM”). 

 

2.     To be eligible, an alien must 1) have received a master’s degree or higher from an eligible U.S. university in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics; 2) have an offer of employment in the U.S. in a STEM field, and 3) be petitioned for by an employer who has gone through labor certification to show that there are not sufficient American workers able, willing, equally qualified and available for the job at the wage level paid by the employer to all other individuals with similar experience and qualifications for the job.

 

3.     To be eligible for its students to receive green cards, a university must be: 1) accredited; 2) at least 10 years old; and 3) classified as a research institution by the Director of the National Science Foundation.  The school cannot provide incentive payments to persons based on securing foreign students for the university.

 

4.      It encourages the best and brightest foreign students to study, live, and work in the United States by allowing them to receive student visas to attend our colleges and universities to study in STEM fields.  STEM students will no longer be required to demonstrate that they have no desire to stay permanently in the U.S. as a precondition to being allowed to attend school here. 

5.   It provides any unused green cards from this program to be used to reduce the backlog for employment-based green cards that exists for highly-skilled STEM advanced-degree graduates from foreign universities.

6.   It allows temporary workers on high-skilled visas who have not violated their status to renew their visas from within the United States.

7.   I provides labor protections to ensure that foreign workers do not take high-paying high-skilled jobs that American workers are available to fill.          

8.   It codifies the practice that the priority date (for determining an alien’s place in line) for an employer’s green card petition is the date that the employer files the labor certification application.  The bill also ensures that an alien who switches from one green card family-preference category to another retains their original priority date, and that an alien who switches from one green card employer-preference category to another retains their original priority date.

9.   It expands “age-out” protection in current law to benefit minor children who turn 21 while they wait for their green cards to become available. 

10.  It encourages highly skilled workers to remain in the United States by providing for faster reunification with their spouses and minor children.  This is done by creating a new entry slot for a nuclear family member of a highly-skilled permanent resident when a lawful permanent resident is deported.  Consequently, net immigration is not increased, but family reunification is expedited. 

 

 

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