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DHS Announces Final Rule for a More Effective and Efficient H-1B Visa Program

By Bill at February 08, 2019 18:08
Filed Under: Immigration News

Final Rule Effective Beginning April 1, 2019 

WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted today for public inspection, a final rule amending regulations governing H-1B cap-subject petitions, including those that may be eligible for the advanced degree exemption. The final rule reverses the order by which U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) selects H-1B petitions under the H-1B regular cap and the advanced degree exemption, and it introduces an electronic registration requirement for petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions. The rule will be published in the Federal Register on Jan. 31, and will go into effect on April 1, though the electronic registration requirement will be suspended for the fiscal year (FY) 2020 cap season. 

“These simple and smart changes are a positive benefit for employers, the foreign workers they seek to employ, and the agency’s adjudicators, helping the H-1B visa program work better,” said USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna. “The new registration system, once implemented, will lower overall costs for employers and increase government efficiency. We are also furthering President Trump’s goal of improving our immigration system by making a simple adjustment to the H-1B cap selection process. As a result, U.S. employers seeking to employ foreign workers with a U.S. master’s or higher degree will have a greater chance of selection in the H-1B lottery in years of excess demand for new H-1B visas.”

Effective April 1, USCIS will first select H-1B petitions (or registrations, once the registration requirement is implemented) submitted on behalf of all beneficiaries, including those that may be eligible for the advanced degree exemption. USCIS will then select from the remaining eligible petitions, a number projected to reach the advanced degree exemption. Changing the order in which USCIS counts these allocations will likely increase the number of petitions for beneficiaries with a master’s or higher degree from a U.S. institution of higher education to be selected under the H-1B numerical allocations. Specifically, the change will result in an estimated increase of up to 16% (or 5,340 workers) in the number of selected petitions for H-1B beneficiaries with a master’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution of higher education.

USCIS will begin accepting H-1B cap petitions for FY 2020 on April 1, 2019. The reverse selection order will apply to petitions filed for the FY 2020 H-1B cap season. Petitioners may file an H-1B petition no more than six months before the employment start date requested for the beneficiary. USCIS will provide H-1B cap filing instruction on uscis.gov in advance of the filing season.

Importantly, after considering public feedback, USCIS will be suspending the electronic registration requirement for the FY 2020 cap season to complete user testing and ensure the system and process are fully functional. Once implemented, the electronic registration requirement will require petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap petitions, including those that may be eligible for the advanced degree exemption, to first electronically register with USCIS during a designated registration period. Only those whose registrations are selected will be eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition. USCIS expects that the electronic registration requirement, once implemented, will reduce overall costs for petitioners and create a more efficient and cost-effective H-1B cap petition process for USCIS and petitioners.

Additionally, USCIS will publish a notice in the Federal Register to announce the initial implementation of the H-1B registration process in advance of the cap season in which it will implement the requirement. Prior to implementation, USCIS will conduct outreach to ensure petitioners understand how to access and use the system. Once implemented, USCIS will announce the designated electronic registration period at least 30 days in advance for each fiscal year it is required.

On April 18, 2017, President Trump issued the  Buy American and Hire American Executive Order, instructing DHS to “propose new rules and issue new guidance, to supersede or revise previous rules and guidance if appropriate, to protect the interests of U.S. workers in the administration of our immigration system.” The executive order specifically mentioned the H-1B program and directed DHS and other agencies to “suggest reforms to help ensure that H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid petition beneficiaries.”  

Trump offers up ‘path to citizenship’ for H-1B visa holders

By Bill at January 15, 2019 17:46
Filed Under: Immigration News
President Donald Trump has proposed an immigration compromise that he and House Democrats could possibly agree on: a path to citizenship for tens of thousands of highly-skilled workers in the U.S. on H-1B visas.

"H1-B holders in the United States can rest assured that changes are soon coming which will bring both simplicity and certainty to your stay, including a potential path to citizenship," Trump tweeted Friday. "We want to encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue career options in the U.S."

He offered no other details, and the White House and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services did not offer a clarification of the president's tweet. Significant changes to the H-1B visa program would have to be approved by Congress.

Every year, the federal government approves 85,000 H-1B temporary work visas, which are granted to foreign workers who have at least a bachelor's degree and work in specialty fields where demand for talent is fierce. Please visit following links to know more about H-1B visa, visa sponsors and job opportunities.
  1. H-1B Visa Introduction: What, Who & How
  2. 2019 Top H-1B Visa Sponsors by Occupation, Location, Industry, Job Title
  3. H-1B Visa Employer Database: Search, Contact and Apply



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2019 H1B Visa and Green Card Reports Released

By Bill at January 04, 2019 21:42
Filed Under: Immigration News

Myvisajobs.com, the leading employment website for immigrants, has released its 14th Annual H1B Visa and Employment-based Green Card reports, which are based on more than 654,000 Labor Condition Application(LCA) and nearly 112,000 permanent labor certifications.

To help you pitch the employers who are more likely to sponsor you in 2019, 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. 2019 Top 100 H1B Visa Sponsor
  2. 2019 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Status: Certified, Denied or Withdrawn
  3. 2019 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Job Title
  4. 2019 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Work State
  5. 2019 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Work City
  6. 2019 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Occupation
  7. 2019 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Industry
  8. 2019 Top 100 Green Card Sponsor
  9. 2019 Top Green Card Sponsors by Status: Certified, Denied or Withdrawn
  10. 2019 Top Green Card Sponsors by Country of Citizenship
  11. 2019 Top Green Card Sponsors by Visa Status
  12. 2019 Top Green Card Sponsors by Job Title
  13. 2019 Top Green Card Sponsors by Work State
  14. 2019 Top Green Card Sponsors by Work City
  15. 2019 Top Green Card Sponsors by Occupation
  16. 2019 Top Green Card Sponsors by Industry

The economy added 312,000 jobs in December, far more than the 177,000 that were expected, make sure you polish your resume and update your career profiles regularly.

We are updating employers' contact information to make our customized visa job solutions more accurate and effective. Try them now!

The number of LCA includes new, renewed, transferred and cap-exempt LCA. Please visit our H-1B Visa section to learn more. 

USCIS Proposes New H-1B Visa Rules

By Bill at December 04, 2018 23:20
Filed Under: Immigration News

On Nov 30, USCIS announced a notice of proposed rulemaking that would make H1B Visa program more effective and efficient. Under the proposed rules,

1. USCIS would reverse the order by which USCIS selects H-1B petitions under the H-1B cap and the advanced degree exemption. This will willincrease up to 16% (or 5,340 workers) in the number of selected H-1B beneficiaries with a master's degree or higher from a U.S. institution of higher education.

Currently, the advanced degree exemption is selected prior to the H-1B cap. The proposed rule would reverse the selection order and count all registrations or petitions towards the number projected as needed to reach the H-1B cap first. Once a sufficient number of registrations or petitions have been selected for the H-1B cap, USCIS would then select registrations or petitions towards the advanced degree exemption.

2. USCIS would require petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions to first electronically register with USCIS. So the employers do not need to send in the H-1B petitions and supporting documentation before the cap selection process.

USCIS expects that shifting to electronic registration would reduce overall costs for petitioners and create a more efficient and cost-effective H-1B cap petition process for USCIS.

For more information, please read USCIS announcement or the original Notice of proposed rulemaking.

U.S. employers are always looking for skilled workers, make sure you polish your resume and update your career profiles regularly.        

DHS Proposes Merit-Based Rule for More Effective and Efficient H-1B Visa Program

By Bill at December 04, 2018 23:18
Filed Under: Immigration News

WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions to first electronically register with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during a designated registration period. Under the proposed rule, USCIS would also reverse the order by which USCIS selects H-1B petitions under the H-1B cap and the advanced degree exemption, likely increasing the number of beneficiaries with a master’s or higher degree from a U.S. institution of higher education to be selected for an H-1B cap number, and introducing a more meritorious selection of beneficiaries.   

The H-1B program allows companies in the United States to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require the theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and a bachelors or higher degree in the specific specialty, or its equivalent. When USCIS receives more than enough petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H-1B cap, a computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, is used to select the petitions that are counted towards the number of petitions projected as needed to reach the cap.

The proposed rule includes a provision that would enable USCIS to temporarily suspend the registration process during any fiscal year in which USCIS may experience technical challenges with the H-1B registration process and/or the new electronic system. The proposed temporary suspension provision would also allow USCIS to up-front delay the implementation of the H-1B registration process past the fiscal year (FY) 2020 cap season, if necessary to complete all requisite user testing and vetting of the new H-1B registration system and process. While USCIS has been actively working to develop and test the electronic registration system, if the rule is finalized as proposed, but there is insufficient time to implement the registration system for the FY 2020 cap selection process, USCIS would likely suspend the registration requirement for the FY 2020 cap season. 

Currently, in years when the H-1B cap and the advanced degree exemption are both reached within the first five days that H-1B cap petitions may be filed, the advanced degree exemption is selected prior to the H-1B cap. The proposed rule would reverse the selection order and count all registrations or petitions towards the number projected as needed to reach the H-1B cap first. Once a sufficient number of registrations or petitions have been selected for the H-1B cap, USCIS would then select registrations or petitions towards the advanced degree exemption. This proposed change would increase the chances that beneficiaries with a master’s or higher degree from a U.S. institution of higher education would be selected under the H-1B cap and that H-1B visas would be awarded to the most-skilled and highest-paid beneficiaries. Importantly, the proposed process would result in an estimated increase of up to 16 percent (or 5,340 workers) in the number of selected H-1B beneficiaries with a master’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution of higher education.  

USCIS expects that shifting to electronic registration would reduce overall costs for petitioners and create a more efficient and cost-effective H-1B cap petition process for USCIS. The proposed rule would help alleviate massive administrative burdens on USCIS since the agency would no longer need to physically receive and handle hundreds of thousands of H-1B petitions and supporting documentation before conducting the cap selection process. This would help reduce wait times for cap selection notifications. The proposed rule also limits the filing of H-1B cap-subject petitions to the beneficiary named on the original selected registration, which would protect the integrity of this registration system. 

On April 18, 2017, President Trump issued the Buy American and Hire American Executive Order, instructing DHS to “propose new rules and issue new guidance, to supersede or revise previous rules and guidance if appropriate, to protect the interests of U.S. workers in the administration of our immigration system.” The EO specifically mentioned the H-1B program and directed DHS and other agencies to “suggest reforms to help ensure that H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid petition beneficiaries.”  

Additional information on the proposed rule is available in the Federal Register. Public comments may be submitted starting Monday, December 3, when the proposed rule publishes in the Federal Register, and must be received on or before January 2, 2019. 

DHS Proposes Merit-Based Rule for More Effective and Efficient H-1B Visa Program

By Bill at December 04, 2018 22:45
Filed Under: Immigration News

WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions to first electronically register with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during a designated registration period. Under the proposed rule, USCIS would also reverse the order by which USCIS selects H-1B petitions under the H-1B cap and the advanced degree exemption, likely increasing the number of beneficiaries with a master’s or higher degree from a U.S. institution of higher education to be selected for an H-1B cap number, and introducing a more meritorious selection of beneficiaries.   

The H-1B program allows companies in the United States to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require the theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and a bachelors or higher degree in the specific specialty, or its equivalent. When USCIS receives more than enough petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H-1B cap, a computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, is used to select the petitions that are counted towards the number of petitions projected as needed to reach the cap.

The proposed rule includes a provision that would enable USCIS to temporarily suspend the registration process during any fiscal year in which USCIS may experience technical challenges with the H-1B registration process and/or the new electronic system. The proposed temporary suspension provision would also allow USCIS to up-front delay the implementation of the H-1B registration process past the fiscal year (FY) 2020 cap season, if necessary to complete all requisite user testing and vetting of the new H-1B registration system and process. While USCIS has been actively working to develop and test the electronic registration system, if the rule is finalized as proposed, but there is insufficient time to implement the registration system for the FY 2020 cap selection process, USCIS would likely suspend the registration requirement for the FY 2020 cap season. 

Currently, in years when the H-1B cap and the advanced degree exemption are both reached within the first five days that H-1B cap petitions may be filed, the advanced degree exemption is selected prior to the H-1B cap. The proposed rule would reverse the selection order and count all registrations or petitions towards the number projected as needed to reach the H-1B cap first. Once a sufficient number of registrations or petitions have been selected for the H-1B cap, USCIS would then select registrations or petitions towards the advanced degree exemption. This proposed change would increase the chances that beneficiaries with a master’s or higher degree from a U.S. institution of higher education would be selected under the H-1B cap and that H-1B visas would be awarded to the most-skilled and highest-paid beneficiaries. Importantly, the proposed process would result in an estimated increase of up to 16 percent (or 5,340 workers) in the number of selected H-1B beneficiaries with a master’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution of higher education.  

USCIS expects that shifting to electronic registration would reduce overall costs for petitioners and create a more efficient and cost-effective H-1B cap petition process for USCIS. The proposed rule would help alleviate massive administrative burdens on USCIS since the agency would no longer need to physically receive and handle hundreds of thousands of H-1B petitions and supporting documentation before conducting the cap selection process. This would help reduce wait times for cap selection notifications. The proposed rule also limits the filing of H-1B cap-subject petitions to the beneficiary named on the original selected registration, which would protect the integrity of this registration system. 

On April 18, 2017, President Trump issued the Buy American and Hire American Executive Order, instructing DHS to “propose new rules and issue new guidance, to supersede or revise previous rules and guidance if appropriate, to protect the interests of U.S. workers in the administration of our immigration system.” The EO specifically mentioned the H-1B program and directed DHS and other agencies to “suggest reforms to help ensure that H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid petition beneficiaries.”  

Additional information on the proposed rule is available in the Federal Register. Public comments may be submitted starting Monday, December 3, when the proposed rule publishes in the Federal Register, and must be received on or before January 2, 2019. 

 

Employers filed over 650,000 LC for H-1B Visa in 2018

By Bill at November 08, 2018 01:03
Filed Under: Immigration News

We have published all labor applications filed by U.S. employers during the whole fiscal year 2018 through our online database system


From October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018, Department of Labor made decisions on 654,360 labor condition applications for H-1B visa jobs, the highest number in history. (view detailed report).

  Total LCA Certified Denied Withdrawn
2018 654,360 599,782 8,480 45,951
2017 624,650 568,145 8,480 48,025
2016 647,852 569,646 9,220 21,894
2015 618,810 547,278 10,983 19,472
2014 519504 455,144 11,938 16,069
2013 442,275 38,2951 12,170 11,707


While we are updating employer profiles and preparing annual visa job reprots. You can use following links to search potential job opportunities and pitch employers directly. 

While we are updating employer profiles and preparing annual visa job reprots. You can 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.     

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.     

Best U.S. Job Market in Decades

By Bill at June 14, 2018 17:02
Filed Under: Immigration News
By almost any of the usual measures, the U.S. job market is better than it has been in decades, or in history.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the U.S. seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in May 2018 was 3.8 percent, the lowest level in nearly 20 years.

Unemployment insurance weekly initial claim filings were down to 222,000 for the week ending June 2, and the four-week moving average of 1,728,750 is the lowest it has been since December 8, 1973.

For the first time since BLS has been tracking them, the number of job openings has surpassed the number of job seekers. In April, the level of job openings climbed to 6.7 million, a new series high and well below the number of unemployed (6.1 million).

"Never before have we had an economy where the number of open jobs exceeds the number of job seekers," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta.

Wow, American employers are always looking for skilled foreign workers. They will definitely be more desperate. Please polish your resume and update your career profiles regularly.



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Database of E-Verify Employers Updated

By Bill at May 26, 2018 17:17
Filed Under: Immigration News, Visa Knowledge
We have just obtained from USCIS and published the updated list of employers who enroll in E-Verify program and have 5 or more employees. Totally there are 546,907 employers on the list.

We also enhanced the user interface so you can search employers and find their sponsorship information more easily. Please click here to find out if your potential employers have been verified!

E-Verify is an Internet-based program run by the Department of Homeland Security that compares information from an employee's Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 to data from U.S. government records. If the information matches, that employee is eligible to work in the United States.

The purpose of E-Verify is stop unauthorized employment. While participation in E-Verify is voluntary for most businesses, some companies may be required by state law or federal regulation to use E-Verify.

E-Verify enrollment is also mandatory for employers who want to extend OPT for their F1 visa employees.

Please click here to know more about E-Verify program or click here to search the employer database.



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