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USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process

By Bill at April 26, 2019 14:18
Filed Under: Immigration News

On April 10, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated regular cap and the U.S. advanced degree exemption for fiscal year (FY) 2020. After completing the random selection process for the regular cap, USCIS also determined that it has received a number of petitions projected as sufficient to meet the 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, also known as the master’s cap.

USCIS received 201,011 H-1B petitions during the filing period, which began April 1, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption. USCIS announced on April 5 that it had received enough petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H-1B regular cap of 65,000.

In accordance with the new H-1B regulation, USCIS first conducted the selection process for H-1B cap-subject petitions submitted on behalf of all beneficiaries, including those that may have been eligible for the advanced degree exemption. USCIS then selected a number projected to reach the advanced degree exemption from the remaining eligible petitions. USCIS will reject and return all unselected petitions with their filing fees unless the petition is a prohibited multiple filing (PDF, 119 KB).

USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap. Petitions filed for current H-1B workers who have been counted previously against the cap, and who still retain their cap number, are exempt from the FY 2020 H-1B cap. USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions filed to:

  • Extend the amount of time a current H-1B worker may remain in the United States;
  • Change the terms of employment for current H-1B workers;
  • Allow current H-1B workers to change employers; and
  • Allow current H-1B workers to work concurrently in a second H-1B position.

H-1B Visa Approval and Denial History for Every Employer Released

By Bill at April 13, 2019 01:45
Filed Under: Immigration News, Tips and Features

We have just obtained from USCIS 10 year H-1B Visa approval and denial history(2009-2019) and published on our website. This is the first time U.S. government releases such data.

The database includes nearly 510,000 approvals and 41,000 denial for over 170,000 employers. While we are still analyzing and integrating the data, we believe it is very important for our users to have access to the data right away.

Many employers, including some top visa sponsors had large numbers of H-1B visa denials in recent years. Please use following link to search the data now!

http://www.myvisajobs.com/H1B-Visa/ADHistory.aspx

We are working hard on developing more reports and integrate the data into employer profiles. We also will update the data at least once every quarter.  

How to Ensure You Properly File Your H-1B Cap-Subject Petition

By Bill at March 26, 2019 22:17
Filed Under: Tips and Features

USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions that are subject to the FY 2020 cap on April 1, 2019. Please check here to see the new rule that will go into effect on April 1.

It is your responsibility to ensure that Form I-129 is completed accurately and submitted properly. Please follow these steps to ensure your attorney or your employer properly file your H-1B cap-subject petition:

  1. Complete all sections of the Form I-129 petition, including the H Classification Supplement and the H-1B Data Collection and Filing Fee Exemption Supplement.
  2. Make sure each form has an original signature, preferably in black ink. Ensure all signatures comply with Policy Memorandum.
  3. Include signed checks or money orders with the correct fee amount. Please submit separate checks for each fee associated with the filing.
  4. Submit all required documentation and evidence with the petition at the time of filing to ensure timely processing.
  5. Ensure that the Labor Condition Application (LCA) properly corresponds to the position in your petition.
  6. You must file the petition with the correct USCIS service center. Read more on Where to Mail Your H-1B Cap-Subject Petition.

Please also check additional documents required with your petition:

  1. Signed, certified Department of Labor LCA (ETA 9035), copy acceptable.
  2. Evidence of Beneficiary's Educational Background(with English translations when applicable).
  3. A Copy of the H-1B Petition, if the beneficiary will be applying for a nonimmigrant visa abroad

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

Top 10 reasons for H-1B RFE-Request for Evidence

By Bill at March 11, 2019 18:08
Filed Under: Tips and Features, Visa Knowledge

A H-1B RFE(Request for Evidence) is an inquiry by the USCIS in order to request additional proof necessary to make a decisions pertaining to your H-1B petition. It can be for information about either the worker or the employer, or both, since USCIS must have proof of a valid employer-employee relationship.

From the time you receive the RFE through mail or email, you have 90 days to submit the appropriate documents and you should take great care to ensure that you are thorough in answering all inquiries.

Following are the top 10 reasons why USCIS may issue an RFE, in order from most to least common, that RFEs were issued in fiscal year 2018 for H-1B petitions. read detailed explanation.

1. Specialty Occupation
2. Employer-Employee Relationship
3. Availability of Work (Off-Site Work Cases)
4. Beneficiary Qualification
5. Maintenance of Status
6. Availability of Work (In-House Work Cases)
7. LCA Corresponds to Petition
8. AC 21 and 6-Year Limit
9. Itinerary
10. Fee

For more information about H-1B Visa REF, please read USCIS document: Understanding Requests for Evidence (RFEs): A Breakdown of Why RFEs Were Issued for H-1B Petitions in Fiscal Year 2018

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

Over half million labor petitions for H1-B visa processed in 9 months

By Bill at August 07, 2018 19:50
Filed Under: Immigration News

We have published all labor applications(LCA) filed by U.S. employers during the first 9 months of fiscal year 2018 through our legacy database system.

From October 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, Department of Labor processed 541,555 LCA for H-1B visa jobs: 7,159 were denied, 37,054 were withdrawn.

U.S. employers still submitted large number of LCA after April 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 understand why.

  Year to Date First Quarter Second Quarter Third Quarter
Total LCA 541,555 94,561 315,783 131,003
Certified 497,342 82,223 295,217 119,902
Denied 7,159 1,560 3,828 1,771
Withdrawn 37,054 10,778 16,946 9,330



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.     

H1-B Visa Cap Exempt Employers

By Bill at July 12, 2018 17:17
Filed Under: Tips and Features, Visa Knowledge
USCIS has reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year 2019 on April 6,2018. However, USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap.

Petitions for new H-1B employment are exempt from the annual cap if the beneficiaries will work at Petitions filed on behalf of current or former H-1B workers who have been counted previously against the cap, and who still retain their cap number, also do not count toward the cap. Accordingly, USCIS will continue to process fiscal year 2018 and 2019 petitions filed to:
  • Extend the amount of time a current H-1B worker may remain in the United States.
  • Change the terms of employment for current H-1B workers.
  • Allow current H-1B workers to change employers.
  • Allow current H-1B workers to work concurrently in a second H-1B position.
  • Allow recapture of the time that H-1B workers spent outside the U.S.
  • Change status back to H-1B from other status like H-4 or F-1.
Based on above cap exempt criteria, myvisajobs.com has improved its search function of H1B visa database. Please use following links to search cap exempt employers and H1B visa petitions.




Employers filed 410,000 labor condition applications for H-1B in 6 months

By Bill at May 10, 2018 01:10
Filed Under: Immigration News

We have just published all labor petitions filed by U.S. employers during the first six months of fiscal year 2018 through our legacy database system. It includes all the LCA filed by employers for FY2019 cap subject H-1B petitions.

From October 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, Department of Labor made decisions on 410,605 labor condition applications for H-1B visa jobs: 5,388 were denied, 27,725were withdrawn.

  10/1/14-3/31/2015 10/1/15-3/31/2016 10/1/2016-3/31/2017 10/1/2017-3/31/2018
Total LCA 382,259 423,006 420,436 410,605
Certified 351,962 383,204 381,308 377,492
Denied 6,427 5,904 5,512 5,388
Withdrawn 23,870 33,898 33,616 27,725



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.     

December Is a Good Month to Apply for a Job

By Bill at November 30, 2017 20:02
Filed Under: Immigration News, Tips and Features

While employers and recruiters are trying to meet goals, the number of applications drops off!

We strongly encourage you to take proactive actions in December to apply for new jobs and contact visa sponsors directly. Here are the reasons:
  1. H-1B Season: USCIS will start accepting cap-subject H-1B Visa petitions on April 1, 2018. It is only four months away.
  2. Potential Applicants: Applications tend to slow down during the holiday season more than openings do -- tipping the balance in favor of those who do apply!
  3. Company Budget: Hiring managers and CEOs will typically try to reduce their operating profits by incurring search fees towards the end of each year, to avoid paying taxes. They also do not want to lose the allocated funds for new employees.
  4. Recruiter Goals: Recruiters also have yearly performance reviews and goals. They will try to get more applicants in front of hiring managers before the end of the year.
  5. Job Market: Job growth is still very strong. In October 2017, U.S. employers added 261,000 new jobs, the strongest number in more than one year, and the unemployment rate dropped to 4.1%, the lowest since December 2000.
Following are some actions we suggest you take right away:
  1. Update your contact, skills and resume, so employers can find you and contact you directly.
  2. Be proactive: We are still working on 2018 visa reports. But you can still search 2017 H1B Visa, Green Card, and Wage Determination to find potential employers and pitch them directly.
  3. Be informed: Check E-Verify Employer Database and USCIS Employer Blacklist, so you will not become a victim of visa scam. Bookmark those pages, as we update them regularly.
  4. Be smart: Use our Resume Blast Service and Smart Apply Service to save time and target right employers.



Not all jobs are created equal!

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.

Still want to live and work in United States, please try our Smart Apply and Resume Blast Service, both will make your job hunting much easier and more efficient.

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.