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Hatch, Flake Introduce Merit-Based, High-Skilled Immigration Bill for the 21st Century

By Bill at February 02, 2018 16:24
Filed Under: Immigration News

Washington, D.C.—Jan 25, 2018 WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced the Immigration Innovation (“I-Squared”) Act of 2018 to bring long-overdue reforms to our nation’s merit-based immigration laws for high-skilled workers. The bill focuses on areas vital to maintaining the United States’ competitiveness in the global economy: the availability of employment-based nonimmigrant visas (H-1B visas) for industries in which there is a shortage of American labor; reforms to the H-1B program to reduce fraud and help protect workers; increased access to green cards for high-skilled workers; and directing fees collected for H-1B visas and green cards to promoting STEM worker training and education. Previous versions of the bill were introduced in the last two Congresses. 

  • H–1B Visas:
    -U.S. advanced degrees: Uncaps the existing exemption (currently 20,000) for holders of U.S. master’s degrees or higher from the annual numerical limitation on H–1B visas for individuals who are being sponsored for or who will be sponsored for a green card. 
    -Statutory cap: Increases the annual base allocation of H–1B visas from 65,000 to 85,000. 
    -Market escalator: Creates a market-based escalator to allow the supply of H–1B visas to meet demand. Under the escalator, up to 110,000 additional H–1B visas (for a total of 195,000) may be granted in a fiscal year if certain demand requirements are met. 
    -Lottery prioritization: Prioritizes adjudication of cap-subject H–1B visa petitions for holders of U.S. master’s degrees or higher, holders of foreign Ph.D.’s, and holders of U.S. STEM bachelor degrees.
    -Hoarding penalties: Subjects employers who fail to employ an H–1B worker for more than 3 months during the individual’s first year of work authorization to a penalty. 
    -Prohibitions on replacement: Prohibits employers from hiring an H–1B visa holder with the purpose and intent to replace a U.S. worker. 
    -Work authorization for H–1B spouses and children: Provides work authorization for spouses and dependent children of H–1B visa holders. 
    -Worker mobility: Increases H–1B worker mobility by establishing a grace period during which H–1B visa holders can change jobs without losing legal status. 
    -Dependent employers: Updates 1998 law exempting H–1B dependent employers from certain recruitment and nondisplacement requirements. Raises from $60,000 to $100,000 the H–1B salary level at which the salary-based exemption takes effect. Narrows education-based exemption to H–1B hires with a U.S. Ph.D. Eliminates exemptions for “super-dependent” employers altogether.
  • Green Cards:
    Per-country numerical limits: Eliminates annual per-country limit for employment-based green cards and adjusts per-country caps for family-based green cards. 
    Green card recapture: Enables the recapture of green card numbers that were approved by Congress in previous years but not used. 
    Exemptions from green card cap: Exempts spouses and children of employment-based green card holders, holders of U.S. STEM master’s degrees or higher, and certain individuals with extraordinary ability in the arts and sciences from worldwide numerical caps on employment-based green cards. 
    Worker mobility: Increases worker mobility for individuals on the path to a green card by enabling such individuals to change jobs earlier in the process without losing their place in the green card line.
    Employment-based conditional green cards: Creates new conditional green card category to allow U.S. employers to sponsor university-educated foreign professionals through a separate path from H–1B.
  • Student Visas 
    Dual intent: Enables F–1 student visa holders to seek permanent resident status while a student or during Optional Practical Training (OPT).
  • STEM Education and Worker Training
    Promoting American Ingenuity Account: Increases fees for H–1B visas and employment-based green cards and directs fees toward state-administered grants to promote STEM education and worker training.

2018 H1B Visa and Green Card Reports Released

By Bill at January 12, 2018 21:12
Filed Under: Immigration News

 

Myvisajobs.com, the leading employment website for immigrants, has released its 13th Annual H1B Visa and Employment-based Green Card reports.

During the fiscal year 2017, U.S. employers submitted 624,650 labor condition applications for H-1B visas, and Department of Labor made decisions on 97,602 permanent labor certifications for green cards*.

To help you pitch the employers who are more likely to sponsor you in 2018, we have updated all employers' contact information and added demographic profiles of their foreign workers. Click to see example profile and contact person list.

  1. 2017 Top 100 H1B Visa Sponsor
  2. 2017 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Status: Certified, Denied or Withdrawn
  3. 2017 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Job Title
  4. 2017 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Work State
  5. 2017 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Work City
  6. 2017 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Occupation
  7. 2017 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Industry
  8. 2017 Top 100 Green Card Sponsor
  9. 2017 Top Green Card Sponsors by Status: Certified, Denied or Withdrawn
  10. 2017 Top Green Card Sponsors by Country of Citizenship
  11. 2017 Top Green Card Sponsors by Visa Status
  12. 2017 Top Green Card Sponsors by Job Title
  13. 2017 Top Green Card Sponsors by Work State
  14. 2017 Top Green Card Sponsors by Work City
  15. 2017 Top Green Card Sponsors by Occupation
  16. 2017 Top Green Card Sponsors by Industry
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*: The number of LCA includes new, renewed, transferred and cap-exempt LCA. Please visit our H-1B Visa section to learn 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 understand why.

  Year to Date First Quarter Second Quarter Third Quarter
Total LCA 528,146 93,522 326,905 107,719
Certified 482,373 80,395 305,769 96,209
Denied 6,989 1,369 4,143 1,477
Withdrawn 38,784 11,758 16,993 10,033


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.

 

Department of Labor received over 423,000 labor petitions for H-1B Visa in six months

By Bill at May 23, 2016 02:02
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We have published all labor applications filed by U.S. employers during the first six months of fiscal year 2016 through ourlegacy database system

From October 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016, Department of Labor received 423,006 labor condition applications for H-1B visa jobs: 5,904 were denied, 33,898 were withdrawn. 

  Year to Date First Quarter Second Quarter
Total LCA 423,006 93,372 329,643
Certified 383,204 78,855 304,349
Denied 5,904 1,276 4,628
Withdrawn 33,898 13,241 20,657



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. Please polish your resume and update your career profiles regularly

DOL processed half million labor applications for H-1B during last 9 months

By Bill at July 29, 2015 01:18
Filed Under: Immigration News
We have published all labor applications filed by U.S. employers during the first nine months of fiscal year 2015 through ourlegacy database system

From October 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015, Department of Labor made decisions on 508,401 labor condition applications for H-1B visa jobs: 9,105 were denied, 32,515 were withdrawn(view detailed report). 

  Year to Date First Quarter Second Quarter Third Quarter
Total LCA 508,401 89,305 292,785 126,307
Certified 466,781 77,671 274,291 114,984
Denied 9,105 1,761 4,666 2,678
Withdrawn 32,515 9,915 13,955 8,845


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

ALL 2014 Labor Petitions for H1B and Green Card Published!

By Bill at December 18, 2014 00:47
Filed Under: Immigration News

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. 

  2014 2013 2012 2011
LCA filed for H1B Visa 519,504 442,275 415,845 358,857
LC approved for Green Card 70,998 44,152 63,793 73,207



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

Do you meet H1B visa qualification requirements?

By Bill at November 12, 2014 19:00
Filed Under: Visa Knowledge
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 considered equivalent to one year of college education.

    For example, if you have a three year associate degree, you must have at least 3 year of relevant post-graduate experience to be qualified for H1B Visa. Click here to learn the Point System
If your degree was earned from a foreign country, then that degree must be determined to be the educational equivalent of a U.S. degree.

In addition, if the offered job is in the occupations that require licensure or professional credentials (e.g., doctor, dentist, CPA, attorney, registered nurse), you must already hold such qualification before the H1B visa petition can be filed or the licensure requirement has been waived.

To know more about H1B Visa or search all H1B Visa filed from 2001 to 2014, please visit our H1B Visa section.

If you qualify for H1B Visa, please search our Visa Sponsor Database and make sure you update your career profile regularly!  

Over 330,000 2014 Labor Certifications Published!

By Bill at April 25, 2014 04:30
Filed Under: Immigration News

We have published all labor certifications filed by U.S. employers during the first six months of fiscal year 2014 through our legacy database system. 

From October 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014, U.S. employers filed 308,532 labor condition applications for H-1B visa jobs: 6,392 were denied, 9,704 were withdrawn. During the same time, Department of Labor made decisions on 30,565 labor certifications for employment green card: 2,479 were denied, 1,885 were withdrawn. 

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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