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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of Labor made decisions on 410,605 labor condition applications for H-1B visa jobs: 5,388 were denied, 27,725were withdrawn.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Withdrawn 23,870 33,898 33,616 27,725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.     

L-1 Visa Employer Database Published

By Bill at April 29, 2018 18:26
Filed Under: Immigration News

 

We have just obtained from USCIS and published L-1 visa employer list. You can now search 25,000 L-1 visa sponsors by name, industry, visa class and fiscal year.

L-1A and L-1B visa allow companies to transfer certain classes of employees from its foreign operations to the US operations for up to seven years. Unlike H-1 visa, there is no limits to the number of L-1 visas approved every year.

Spouses of L-1 visa holders are allowed to work without restriction in the US, using L-2 visa. The L-1 visa may legally be used as a stepping stone to a green card under the doctrine of dual intent.

For more information about L-1 visa, please visit L-1 visa introduction. To find L-1 visa sponsors, please search L-1 employer database.

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

Different Types of U.S. Work Visas

By Bill at April 10, 2018 16:16
Filed Under: Immigration News, Visa Knowledge
On April 6, USCIS has reached the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap for fiscal year 2019. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master's cap.read more

H-1B visa is not the only work visa that U.S. employers could use to employ foreign workers. Following are a few other types of U.S. work visas that are available. Please visit USA Worker Visa Comparison to review the complete list.
  • L1 Visa, Intra-company Transferee Visa, companies operating both in the US and abroad can transfer certain classes of employee from its foreign operations to the US operations for up to seven years.
  • O-1 Visa, Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement, for the individual who possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics.
  • TN Visa, NAFTA Professional visa, allows citizens of Canada and Mexico to work in United States in a prearranged business activity for a U.S. or foreign employer as NAFTA professionals.
  • J-1 Visa, Exchange Visitors, for exchange visitors who intend to participate in an approved program for the purpose of teaching, instructing or lecturing, studying, observing, conducting research, consulting, demonstrating special skills, receiving training, or to receive graduate medical education or training.
  • Q-1 Visa, Cultural Exchange Visa, for international cultural exchange programs designated by USCIS. The J non-immigrant visa is for educational and cultural exchange programs designated by the Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs.
Every year, United States issues about 10 million non-immigration visa. Please visit USA Visa section to review the complete list of visas for visitors and foreign workers.


USCIS Reaches FY 2019 H-1B Cap

By Bill at April 10, 2018 14:36
Filed Under: Immigration News

USCIS has reached the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap for fiscal year 2019. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap.


The agency will reject and return filing fees for all unselected cap-subject petitions that are not prohibited multiple filings (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, will also not be counted toward the FY 2019 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.


U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in occupations that require specialized knowledge.

First Quarter H1B Visa and Green Card Data Published

By Bill at March 18, 2018 05:45
Filed Under: Immigration News

 

We have published all labor applications filed by U.S. employers during the first three months of fiscal year 2018 through our legacy visa system. If you want to check recent applications, please use our current visa system.

From October 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017, U.S. employers filed 94,266 labor condition applications for H-1B visa jobs: 1,506 were denied, 3,502 were withdrawn, 8,900 were withdrawn after being certified.

During the same time, Department of Labor made decisions on 18,279 labor certifications for employment green card:1,582 were denied, 806 were withdrawn. Our data also includes 5,162 cases currently under Audit Review, 2,215 cases under Appeal and 37,598 under Final Review.

First Quarter 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
LCA for H1B Visa 80,613 68,239 78,871 89,231 93,372 93,533 94,266
LC for Green Card 11,352 13,606 11,064 16,618 26,943 24,911 18,279


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.

H-1B Visa Filing Checklist

By Bill at March 05, 2018 16:19
Filed Under: Immigration News, Tips and Features
U.S. employers are expected to file nearly 180,000 petitions during the first week of April when USCIS begins accepting cap subject H-1B petitions on April 2, 2018.

USCIS has developed detailed information, including an optional checklist, Form M-735, Optional Checklist for Form I-129 H-1B Filings, on how to complete and submit an H-1B petition. Please review carefully.

Cases will be considered accepted on the date USCIS takes possession of a properly filed petition with the correct fee.

Following are more tips and knowledge about H-1B petition: It is time for you to update your career profile and pitch potential employers now!



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Will this year's H1B Visa quota increase or decrease

By Bill at February 14, 2018 15:08
Filed Under: Immigration News
On January 25, Republican Senator Orrin Hatch Jeff Flake introduced legislation that would double the number of H-1B visas, and prioritize adjudication of cap-subject H-1B visa petitions for holders of U.S. advanced degrees and STEM bachelor degrees. read details

The bill is promising , but unlikely to become law within 2 months. When USCIS starts accepting cap-subject H-1B visa petitions on April 2, the annual quota will stay the same as last year:
  • Annual Cap: 65,000
  • Advanced Degree Exemption: 20,000
    for those who have obtained a master's or higher degree from U.S. universities.
  • Higher Education and Research Exemption: unlimited
    for those who will work at institutions of higher education or related or affiliated nonprofit entities, nonprofit research organizations or governmental research organizations
  • Guam Exemption: unlimited
    for those who will work in Guam or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Chile and Singapore Treaty Set-aside: unused portion of 6,800
    Every fiscal year, 6,800 H-1B visas are set aside from the annual cap under the terms of the legislation implementing the U.S.-Chile and U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreements. Unused numbers in this pool are made available for H-1B use for the next fiscal year.
Since USCIS is expected to receive nearly 180,000 H-1B visa petitions during the first week of April, it will use a lottery system to randomly select the petitions.
  1. USCIS will first sort out multiple or duplicative H-1B petitions filed by one employer for same employee. USCIS will deny those petitions without refunding the filing fees.
  2. USCIS will then sort out U.S. Master's cap petitions from non-U.S. Master's cases and then use a lottery system to randomly select 20,000 winners.
  3. All cases not selected as part of the U.S. Master's lottery will be entered into the bachelor's cap lottery system.
  4. USCIS will reject and return all unselected petitions along with filing fees.
Wow! It is time for you to update your career profile and pitch potential employers now! You can review the just released 2018 edition of H-1B Visa Report, and do your own analysis since all raw data are now available on myvisajobs.com.


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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.

Republican proposes large increase of employment green card

By Bill at January 23, 2018 22:55
Filed Under: Immigration News

On January 10, four Republican House leaders introduced the Securing America's Future Act, which is supported by the Republicans across the board. President Trump praised and endorsed the bill within hours.

The new legislation includes border security, end to chain migration, DACA fix, increase of employment green card and a new guest worker program. Following are some key points. Please click here to read the one page summary.

  • Increases Immigration Levels for Skilled Workers - Increases the number of green cards available in the three skilled worker green card categories from about 120,000 a year to about 175,000 - an increase of 45%
  • Agricultural Workers - The new H2C visa would bring in 450,000 guest workers every year and allow them stay in the country for up to three years.
  • Ends the Diversity Program - Eliminates the visa lottery green card program
  • Ends Chain Migration - Eliminates green card programs for relatives (other than spouses and minor children); creates a renewable temporary visa for parents of citizens to unite families at no cost to taxpayers
  • Makes E-Verify Mandatory - Employers must check to see that they are only hiring legal workers

This Republican version of Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill will accomplish the White House's Immigration Principles & Policies, which was released in last October.

U.S. employers are always looking for skilled foreign workers. They are expected to file more than 200,000 H-1B visa petitions during the first week of April! Please make sure you polish your resume and update your career profiles regularly

Goodlatte, McCaul, Labrador, McSally Introduce Immigration Legislation

By Bill at January 23, 2018 00:38
Filed Under: Immigration News

Bill Includes Interior Enforcement, Border Security, End to Chain Migration, and DACA Fix

Washington, January 10, 2018

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), House Judiciary Committee Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Chairman Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho), and House Homeland Security Committee Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee Chairwoman Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) today introduced the Securing America's Future Act (H.R. 4760). This bill bolsters enforcement of existing immigration law, makes important reforms to our legal immigration programs, secures the border, and provides a legislative solution for the current beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The Securing America's Future Act includes numerous reforms to ensure the enforcement of our immigration laws in the interior of our country. The legislation aims to reduce the number of individuals who overstay their visas, requires employers to use the E-Verify system to ensure that they hire legal workers, and makes it easier to remove individuals who are gang members and other criminals. Additionally, the legislation cracks down on dangerous sanctuary cities by withholding federal grants and prevents fraud and abuse in the asylum system.

The Securing America's Future Act reforms our legal immigration programs by ending chain migration, ending the Diversity Visa program, increasing the number of green cards available for skilled workers, and creating a new, workable agricultural guestworker program for America’s farmers and ranchers.

The bill strengthens the security of our southern border by authorizing the construction of a border wall, investing in new technology, and improving, modernizing, and expanding ports of entry. The bill also calls for an additional 5,000 Border Patrol Agents and 5,000 Customs and Border Protection Officers and requires the use of a biometric Entry-Exit system at all ports of entry.

Finally, the Securing America’s Future Act allows DACA beneficiaries to receive a 3-year renewable legal status, while ensuring that gang members, individuals who have criminal convictions, or convictions in juvenile court for serious crimes are not eligible for legal status. 

Below are statements from House Judiciary and Homeland Security Committee leaders on the introduction of the Securing America's Future Act.

Chairman Goodlatte: “Years of lax enforcement policies have wreaked havoc on our borders. Millions of people have been allowed to flout our immigration laws. We can’t let these dangerous and foolish policies continue. 

“With the introduction of the Securing America’s Future Act we have an historic opportunity to fix our broken immigration system. The only way to reduce illegal immigration is to address both enforcement of our immigration laws in the interior of our country and to secure our borders. This carefully crafted legislation, which is aligned with the White House's immigration priorities, combines enforcement measures and increased border security to enhance public safety, ensure the door remains open to law-abiding immigrants, and restore the rule of law.

“I thank Chairman McCaul and Representatives Labrador and McSally for working with me on the Securing America’s Future Act and we look forward to working with the Administration and Members of the House and Senate to see these important reforms implemented."

Chairman McCaul: “Our current border security and immigration system is failing the American people. For too long drug smugglers, human traffickers, and transnational gang members like MS-13 have exploited our vulnerabilities at our borders. It’s time to end this crisis once and for all. This bill offers common-sense solutions that will finally secure our borders, better support our frontline defenders, strengthen interior enforcement, and get tough on those who break our immigration laws. With this President at the helm, we have the opportunity to provide the security and rule of law our founding fathers intended. I am proud to offer these reasonable solutions with my colleagues and look forward to finally solving these challenges in the near future.”

Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Chairman Labrador: “The purpose of our legislation is simple: to help President Trump keep his promise to the American people to fix our broken immigration system. Our bill will modernize America’s immigration system for the next generation, enacting conservative reforms that will make our nation strong. These reforms include authorizing funding for the border wall, stronger interior enforcement, mandatory E-Verify, and ending chain migration and the diversity visa lottery. Our bill will also strengthen our economy and create jobs by transitioning to a merit-based legal immigration system that puts the needs of the American people first.

“I want to thank my colleagues – Chairman Goodlatte, Chairman McCaul, and Representative McSally – for joining me in introducing this bill. Should it become law, it will be one of the most consequential conservative bills of our lifetime.”

Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee Chairwoman McSally: “Our unsecure border and broken immigration system threaten our country’s safety and prosperity; no one knows this better than Arizona. As if the most recent terrorist attacks don’t stand as reason enough, sophisticated drug cartels, human traffickers, and an opioid crisis all point to the need for action. Now is the time.

“Our legislation finally strengthens America’s borders. It moves us towards a merit-based immigration system. It includes funds for necessary infrastructure, interior law enforcement, a biometric exit-entry system, and an e-verify system for employers so that our immigration laws are enforced. It cracks down on sanctuary cities and focuses on public safety of our citizens like Kate Steinle who was killed by a man deported 5 times. And it also puts more boots on the border and supports our Border Patrol Agents and CBP officers on the frontlines. America is the most generous and welcoming nation in the world, and that will continue. But we won’t be taken advantage of any longer. This bill delivers on what the American people want and what our President has requested, and I urge my colleagues to join us and support it.”

Original cosponsors of the Securing America’s Future Act also include Judiciary Committee Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and House Appropriations Committee Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman John Carter (R-Texas).

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