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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 suppress... [More]

Why those 50,000 H-1B petitions were denied?

By Bill at September 23, 2017 04:46
Filed Under: Tips and Features, Visa Knowledge
In fiscal year 2016, USCIS received almost 400,000 H-1B visa petitions and approved nearly 350,000 of them(2007-2017 history). Following are the most common reasons for the denials of those 50,000 petitions. The employer does not appear to be a real, established, operating U.S. company with the capacity to hire and pay an H-1B worker. The employer has to provide documentation, such as a tax identification number, tax returns or financial statements. Website printouts, brochures, photograp... [More]

USCIS Report on the Characteristics of H-1B Workers for Fiscal Year 2016

By Bill at September 13, 2017 07:36
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In August 2017, USCIS presented a report titled, "Characteristics of H-1B Specialty Occupation Workers" for fiscal year 2016. The report was originally provided to four honorable members of Congress. The report includes some of the following highlights: H-1B petitions increased 14% from 348,669 in FY 2015 to 398,718 in FY 2016. H-1B approvals increased 25% from 275,317 in FY 2014 to 345,262 in FY 2016. 71% H-1B approvals in FY 2015 were for workers between the ages of 25 and 34. The med... [More]

Fall is the best season for hiring and job search

By Bill at August 21, 2017 19:32
Filed Under: Tips and Features
In the US, recruiting and hiring is year round. However, the busiest hiring season is the fall(Labor Day through Thanksgiving). Job seekers who make contact right at the start of these cycles have the best chance of being hired! In September, decision makers are back from summer vacation. Hiring managers push for an increase to take advantage of remaining budget for the year. If they don't hire before January, they might lose the allocated funds for new employees. CEOs also try to... [More]

May 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

By Bill at August 07, 2017 00:45
Filed Under: Immigration News
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. Occupation title EmploymentMedian hourly wageMean hourly wageAnnual mean wage Management Occupations 7,090,790 $48.46 $56.74 $118,020 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 7,... [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 un... [More]

Strong job growth drives jobless rate to 16-year low

By Bill at July 11, 2017 01:44
Filed Under: Immigration News
The U.S. created 222,000 new jobs in June as hiring accelerated in the spring, showing that companies are still finding ways to add staff despite a growing shortage of skilled workers. The U.S. is forecast to grow twice as fast in the second quarter as it did in the first three months of the year. The job market remains in good shape eight years into the economic expansion. The unemployment rate, meanwhile, rose to 4.4% from 4.3% in May as more people entered the labor force in search of ... [More]

Unemployed Rates by occupation and sex June 2017

By Bill at July 11, 2017 01:03
Filed Under: Immigration News
Unemployed persons by occupation and sex[Numbers in thousands] OccupationTotal unemployedUnemployment rates June2016June2017TotalMenWomen June2016June2017June2016June2017June2016June2017 Total, 16 years and over(1) 8,144 7,250 5.1 4.5 5.0 4.4 5.2 4.7   Management, professional, and related occupations 1,712 1,440 2.8 2.3 2.4 2.2 3.2 2.5 Management, business, and financial operations occupations 646 504 2.5 1.9 2.2 2.... [More]

Foreign-born STEM Workers in the United States

By Bill at June 20, 2017 04:26
Filed Under: Immigration News
Workers in STEM fields(science, technology, engineering, and math) play an increasingly important role in the U.S. economy. Foreign-born workers make up a growing share of the country STEM workforce. Using data from the American Community Survey (ACS), American Immigration Council recently published Fact Sheet:Foreign-born STEM Workers in the United States. It provides an extensive overview of the occupational, gender, educational, and geographic distribution of foreign-born STEM workers ... [More]

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 u... [More]

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