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DOL denied 6.5% of labor petitions for green card in 2017

By Bill at December 13, 2017 20:02
Filed Under: Immigration News
For most employment based green card categories, U.S. employers starts the process by filing a permanent labor certification(LC) in PERM system. In fiscal year 2017, Department of Labor received 105,034 labor certifications(LC) for green card, a 8% increase from fiscal year 2016. During the same period of time, Department of Labor processed 97,603 labor certifications(LC): 6,413 were denied and 3,581 were withdrawn. We have published all those petitions on our legacy database system. ... [More]

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: H-1B Season: USCIS will start accepting cap-subject H-1B Visa petitions on April 1, 2018. It is only four months away. Potential Applicants: Applications tend to slow down during the holiday season more than openings do -- tipping the balance in favor o... [More]

Employers Submitted Over 620,000 Labor Petitions for H-1B Visa

By Bill at November 09, 2017 21:30
Filed Under: Immigration News
We have published all labor applications filed by U.S. employers during the whole fiscal year 2017 through our legacy database system. From October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017, Department of Labor made decisions on 624,650 labor condition applications for H-1B visa jobs, nearly 4% less than last year's record number. (view detailed report).   Total LCA Certified Denied Withdrawn Certified-Withdrawn 2017 624,650 568,145 8,480 48,025 49,704 2016 647,852 569,... [More]

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]

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