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USCIS estimates H-1B population for the first time

By Bill at June 30, 2020 16:32
Filed Under: Immigration News

For the first time, USCIS has released an official government estimate of the number of H-1B visa holders working in the United States: "As of [September 30, 2019], the H-1B authorized-to-work population is approximately 583,420." For details, please read USCIS Report: H-1B Authorized to Work Report

However, some immigration analysts said that the estimated number might be too low. They claimed that the total number of H-1B approvals in the fiscal years 2017, 2018, and 2019 was 1,085,040. The data source is Summary Report of Approved H1B Petitions-Fiscal Year 2019.

The big difference between these two numbers could possibly be explained by following factors:

  • The average length of H-1B approval is 2.3 years.
  • Some approvals might be granted to same person multiple times.
  • Some H-1B workers changed employers.
  • Some H-1B workers added part-time employers.
  • Some H-1B workers changed visa status.


If you want to know more about H-1B jobs or analyze the data by yourself, please use following links to search our visa job database:



Unemployment rate drops in tech during coronavirus pandemic

By Bill at May 19, 2020 17:59
Filed Under: Immigration News

The unemployment rate for individuals in computer occupations declined from 3% in January 2020 to 2.8% in April 2020. At the same time, the unemployment rate for individuals in all other occupations increased from 4% to 15%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. read full report

Occupation January 2020 April 2020
Computer Occupation 3% 2.8%
All other Occupations 4.1% 15%

Why did professionals in computer occupations fare much better than other workers during the coronavirus pandemic? One reason is the skills used by computer professionals generally can be performed remotely. The skills in computer occupations are in high demand today and likely will be in even higher demand in the future as more work moves online.

In fiscal year 2019, 66% of H-1B beneficiaries were in computer-related occupations. The data raise questions about the Trump administration's ability to use the unemployment rate to justify the new restrictions being considered for H-1B visa holders and international students working on Optional Practical Training (OPT).

So the low unemployment rate in tech is a pretty good news to people still want to live and work in United States.

As of May 13, 2020, there were 625,702 active job vacancy postings advertised online in the previous 30-day period for jobs in the most common computer occupations that generally require a bachelor's degree or higher.

Occupation Active Job Vacancy Postings On 5/13/2020
Software Developer, Applications 258,607
Network and Computer System Administrator 86,953
Computer Systems Analyst 81,460
Information Security Analyst 54,570
Electrical Engineer 33,507
Other IT Occupations 110,605
Total 625,702

Trump admin's appeal against revoking H4 visas

By Bill at May 09, 2020 23:02
Filed Under: Immigration News

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) argued that the American technology workers, who had challenged the 2015 ruling on giving work permits to H-4 visa-holders, have not been irreparably harmed by such work authorisation.

WASHINGTON: The US government has made a U-turn in its plan to review and possibly revoke what is known as the H-4 employment authorisation document (EAD), which allowed spouses of H-1B visa holders to legally work in the country. Indian nationals account for over two-thirds of H-1B visa holders in the United States.

The Department of Homeland Security has appealed to a US district court not to do away with an earlier Obama-era law that allowed spouses of H1-B visa holders to be employed locally. It argued that this did not take away jobs from American nationals.

The Department’s latest submission is in response to a 2015 lawsuit filed by Save Jobs USA, an advocacy group, which had argued that the H4 EAD harmed their members who are American technology workers. The DHS, however, countered saying that Save Jobs USA members had not been ‘irreparably harmed’ by giving work permits to H-4 visa holders.

“Save Jobs’s claim of irreparable harm relies on the H-4 Rule eliminating or significantly reducing employment opportunities, meaning that the number of available information-technology jobs would significantly decline due to the H-4 Rule. But, this relationship has not been shown to be “certain” and “actual,” rather than merely “theoretical”,” the Department said.

Save Jobs USA was set up by former employees of Southern California Edison, who claim that they lost their jobs to H-1B visa holders.


2020 LCA Petitions Published through Upgraded LCA System

By Bill at April 24, 2020 22:23
Filed Under: Immigration News
We have published all labor petitions filed during the first six months of fiscal year 2020 through the upgraded LCA system. Our legacy database system is retiring and the new system has significantly expanded the scope of labor data available to our members. Search 2020 LCA Now!

From October 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020, Department of Labor made decisions on 272,089 labor condition applications for H-1B visa jobs. This number is much lower this year due to the new H-1B electronic registration process implemented in March,2020. Employers do no have to file petitions before they receive the lottery winner notice.

  10/14-3/2015 10/1/15-3/31/2016 10/2016-3/2017 10/2017-3/2018 10/2018-3/2019 10/2019-3/2020
Total LCA 382,259 423,006 420,436 410,605 412,424 272,089
Certified 351,962 383,204 381,308 377,492 375,444 257,283
Denied 6,427 5,904 5,512 5,388 4,082 1,914
Withdrawn 23,870 33,898 33,616 27,725 32,898 12,892


While we are still adding new features to the LCA system, please use following links to understand new rules and regulations, search potential job opportunities and pitch employers directly. U.S. employers are always looking for skilled workers, even in holiday seasons. Please polish your resume and update your career profiles regularly.



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H-1B Electronic Registration Process: Important Dates

By Bill at February 24, 2020 23:03
Filed Under: Immigration News
USCIS formally announced the implementation of the H-1B registration process for fiscal year 2021 H-1B cap-subject petitions. Full Announcement

Under this new process, prospective petitioners(employers) will complete a registration process that requires only basic information about the prospective petitioner and each requested worker.Step by Step Instruction

USCIS will open an initial registration period for the FY 2021 cap from March 1 to March 20, 2020. The H-1B random selection process, if needed, will then be run on properly submitted electronic registrations. Only those with selected registrations will be eligible to file H-1B cap-subject petitions. Registration Selection and Notifications

Prospective petitioners(employers) may create accounts beginning Feb. 24 and register throughout this period; selections will take place after the initial registration period closes, so there is no requirement to register on March 1.

Required Fees: $10 for each beneficiary.

Important Dates
Feb. 24: Prospective petitioners may begin creating H-1B registrant accounts
March 1: H-1B registration period opens at noon ET.
March 20: H-1B registration period closes at noon ET.
March 31: Date by which USCIS intends to notify selected registrants.
April 1: The earliest date that FY 2021 H-1B cap-subject petitions may be filed.

For more information about H-1B visa, please visit our visa section. U.S. employers are always looking for skilled workers, even in holiday seasons. Please polish your resume and update your career profiles regularly.



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Employers filed more petitions for green card in 2019

By Bill at February 05, 2020 22:13
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 2019, Department of Labor received 113,104 labor certifications(LC) for green card, a 8.3% increase from fiscal year 2018.

During the same period of time, Department of Labor processed 102,655 labor certifications(LC): 5,535 were denied and 3,971 were withdrawn. We have published all those petitions on our legacy database system.

Labor Certification Received Processed Certified Denied Withdrawn  
2019 113,014 102,655 93,865 5,535 3,971 PDF report
2018 104,360 119,776 109,550 6,255 3,791 PDF report
2017 105,034 97,603 87,609 6,413 3,581 PDF report
2016 97,504 126,143 115,933 5,560 4,650 PDF report
2015 87,644 89,151 78,938 5,851 4,362 PDF report
2014 74,936 70,988 62,633 4,349 4,016 PDF report


Please use following links to search potential job opportunities and pitch employers directly. Labor Certification(LC) is different from Labor Condition Application(LCA) . LC is for employment based green card while LCA is for H1B visa.

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.


2020 H1B Visa and Green Card Reports Released

By Bill at January 23, 2020 18:50
Filed Under: Immigration News
Myvisajobs.com, the leading employment website for immigrants, has released its 15th Annual H1B Visa and Employment-based Green Card reports, which are based on more than 665,000 Labor Condition Application(LCA) and nearly 103,000 permanent labor certifications.

To help you pitch the employers who are more likely to sponsor you in 2020, 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. 2020 Top 100 H1B Visa Sponsor
  2. 2020 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Status: Certified, Denied or Withdrawn
  3. 2020 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Job Title
  4. 2020 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Work State
  5. 2020 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Work City
  6. 2020 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Occupation
  7. 2020 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Industry
  8. 2020 Top 100 Green Card Sponsor
  9. 2020 Top Green Card Sponsors by Status: Certified, Denied or Withdrawn
  10. 2020 Top Green Card Sponsors by Country of Citizenship
  11. 2020 Top Green Card Sponsors by Visa Status
  12. 2020 Top Green Card Sponsors by Job Title
  13. 2020 Top Green Card Sponsors by Work State
  14. 2020 Top Green Card Sponsors by Work City
  15. 2020 Top Green Card Sponsors by Occupation
  16. 2020 Top Green Card Sponsors by Industry
American employers added 266,000 new jobs in November. The unemployment rate fell to 3.5%, matching its lowest level since 1969! Make sure you are ready, polish your resume and update your career profiles now!

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.



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USCIS Formally Announces Implementation of Electronic H-1B Registration Process and the Registration Timeframe

By Bill at January 18, 2020 03:37
Filed Under: Immigration News

On Jan. 9, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a Federal Register notice formally announcing the implementation of the H-1B registration process for fiscal year 2021 H1B cap-subject petitions. This notice is required for the initial implementation of the registration process, as stated in the Jan. 31, 2019, H-1B registration final rule.

USCIS will open an initial registration period from March 1 through March 20, 2020, for the FY 2021 H-1B numerical allocations.  

  • During this timeframe, H-1B cap-subject petitioners, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, seeking to file a FY 2021 H-1B cap petition will be required to first register electronically with USCIS and pay the associated $10 H-1B registration fee for each submission.
  • Prospective petitioners or their authorized representatives must electronically submit a separate registration naming each alien for whom they seek to file an H-1B cap-subject petition. Duplicate registrations are prohibited.
  • As described in the H-1B registration final rule, if more than a sufficient number of registrations are received, we will randomly select the number of registrations projected as needed to reach the FY 2021 H-1B numerical allocations after the initial registration period closes and notify registrants with selected registrations no later than March 31, 2020.
  • Prospective petitioners with selected registrations will be eligible to file a FY 2021 cap-subject petition only for the alien named in the registration and within the filing period indicated on the eligibility notice.

USCIS will not consider a cap-subject H-1B petition to be properly filed unless it is based on a valid, selected registration for the same beneficiary and the appropriate fiscal year, unless the registration requirement is suspended. Additionally, although petitioners can register multiple aliens during a single online submission, a petitioner may only submit one registration per beneficiary in any fiscal year. If a petitioner submits more than one registration per beneficiary in the same fiscal year, all registrations filed by that petitioner relating to that beneficiary for that fiscal year will be considered invalid.

Outreach activities will take place before the opening of the initial registration period to allow users the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the new electronic registration process. We will conduct in-depth webinars and publish a series of videos for attorneys and general users to walk through the system step-by-step.

New H-1B Electronic Registration Process Starts in March‏‎

By Bill at December 13, 2019 23:51
Filed Under: Immigration News

USCIS announced that employers seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions for the fiscal year 2021 cap must first electronically register and pay the associated $10 H-1B registration fee. read full announcement

Under this new process, employers will complete a registration process that requires only basic information about their company and each requested worker. USCIS will open an initial registration period from March 1 through March 20, 2020. The H-1B random selection process will then be run on those electronic registrations.

The winners will then be notified by the USCIS to file the I-129 H-1B cap petitions throughout the FY-2021 cap season. Employers who receive the winner notice from the USCIS will be given "60 days" from the date of winner notices to file the H-1B cap petitions with the USCIS.

The electronic registration process will dramatically streamline processing by reducing paperwork and data exchange, and will provide an overall cost savings to petitioning employers. However, the lottery on registration rather than the petition itself may lead to huge increase in numbers of registrations and further reduce the winning rate.

Anyway, the registration is less than three months away. H-1B season will begin soon, take following action now!

  1. Update Resume and Career Profile
  2. Review H-1B Sponsors by Occupation, Industry and Location
  3. search H-1B Jobs in your occupation

 



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USCIS Announces Implementation of H-1B Electronic Registration Process for Fiscal Year 2021 Cap Season

By Bill at December 13, 2019 19:53
Filed Under: Immigration News

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that it has completed a successful pilot testing phase and is implementing the registration process in the next H-1B lottery. Employers seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions for the fiscal year 2021 cap, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, must first electronically register and pay the associated $10 H-1B registration fee.

The electronic registration process will dramatically streamline processing by reducing paperwork and data exchange, and will provide an overall cost savings to petitioning employers.

Under this new process, employers seeking H-1B workers subject to the cap, or their authorized representatives, will complete a registration process that requires only basic information about their company and each requested worker. USCIS will open an initial registration period from March 1 through March 20, 2020. The H-1B random selection process, if needed, will then be run on those electronic registrations. Only those with selected registrations will be eligible to file H-1B cap-subject petitions.

Historically, employers filed their full, and often voluminous, H-1B cap-subject petitions with USCIS, after which USCIS would select eligible petitions through a random selection process. This process resulted in unnecessary paperwork and incurred mailing costs for both petitioners and the agency.

“By streamlining the H-1B cap selection process with a new electronic registration system, USCIS is creating cost savings and efficiencies for petitioners and the agency, as only those selected will now be required to submit a full petition,” said USCIS Deputy Director Mark Koumans. “The agency completed a successful pilot testing phase, which included sessions with industry representatives, and implementation of the registration system will further the goal of modernizing USCIS from a paper-based to an online-filing agency.” 

USCIS will post step-by-step instructions informing registrants how to complete the registration process on its website along with key dates and timelines as the initial registration period nears. USCIS will also conduct public engagements and other outreach activities to ensure registrants and interested parties are familiar with the new registration system. The agency may determine it is necessary to continue accepting registrations, or open an additional registration period, if it does not receive enough registrations and subsequent petitions projected to reach the numerical allocations.

DHS formally created the H-1B registration requirement in the final rule, Registration Requirement for Petitioners Seeking To File H-1B Petitions on Behalf of Cap-Subject Aliens (PDF), published on Jan. 31, and effective on April 1, 2019. DHS intends to publish a notice in the Federal Register in the coming weeks to formally announce implementation of the H-1B registration system and provide additional details on the process.

On Nov. 8, 2019, DHS published a final rule establishing a $10 H-1B registration fee. The registration fee final rule is effective on Dec. 9, 2019, and will apply to registrations submitted during the initial and future registration periods.