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DOL released confidential employer information for the first time

By Bill at August 21, 2019 16:59
Filed Under: Immigration News, Tips and Features

Information technology staffing and consulting companies are heavy users of the H-1B visa program, but the names of companies where they place those foreign workers have always been confidential.

Not any more!

The Labor Department, for the first time, has begun publishing the names of companies where H-1B holders are working, even if they're employed by another company that provides staffing or consulting services.

For example, we can learn from following LCA link that Deloitte Consulting LLP filed the Labor Condition Applicaiton(LCA), but the foreign workers actually would work at Apple's headquarter at Sunnyvale, CA(check Section F: Employment and Wage Information).

This information is very helpful to job seekers, especially foreign workers. While our technical team is analyzing the data, and adding summary to sponsor profile, you can search or browser our current H-1B database to find our the real employers by yourself.

Anyway, summer is almost over, it is time for you to update your career profile and pitch potential employers now!

U.S. unemployment rate at half-century low

By Bill at July 06, 2019 17:53
Filed Under: Immigration News

The U.S. economy added 224,000 jobs in June, surging past expectations and helping ease fears about the nation's economic health amid President Trump's trade war.

The unemployment rate inched up to 3.7 percent, remains near a half-century low. The rate increased because more Americans entered the labor force, meaning they found a job or are actively searching for one again.

Many companies say they are struggling to find enough workers to fill all their job openings as the unemployment rate has been at or below 4 percent for more than a year.

Jobs gains were broad-based, with professional services, health care, construction, transportation and warehousing all experiencing large bumps in hiring. Please visit our blog to see the detailed unemployment rate by occupation, age and gender.

Occupation Unemployment Rate
Unemployment Rate
Management 2.8 1.6
Business and financial operations 3.1 2.5
Computer and mathematical 2.2 1.5
Architecture and engineering 3.0 1.5
Life, physical, and social science 1.8 1.4
Education, training, and library 5.6 5.3
Healthcare practitioner and technical 1.4 1.5
click here to view all occupations by gender

President Trump called the jobs news "unbelievable," adding that "the military has a hard time getting people" because there is so much competition for workers. It is time for you to update your career profile and pitch potential employers now!

Unemployed Rates by occupation and sex June 2019

By Bill at July 06, 2019 15:43
Filed Under: Immigration News
Unemployed persons by occupation and sex[Numbers in thousands]
OccupationTotal unemployedUnemployment rates

Total, 16 years and over(1)

6,812 6,292 4.2 3.8 4.1 3.7 4.2 4.0

Management, professional, and related occupations

1,575 1,540 2.5 2.4 2.2 1.8 2.8 2.9

Management, business, and financial operations occupations

536 519 2.1 1.9 2.1 1.6 2.1 2.2

Management occupations

344 312 1.9 1.6 1.8 1.5 1.9 1.8

Business and financial operations occupations

192 208 2.6 2.5 2.8 2.0 2.4 3.0

Professional and related occupations

1,039 1,020 2.8 2.7 2.3 2.0 3.2 3.2

Computer and mathematical occupations

97 80 1.9 1.5 1.8 1.2 2.2 2.1

Architecture and engineering occupations

39 49 1.2 1.5 0.9 1.1 3.0 3.0

Life, physical, and social science occupations

47 21 3.0 1.4 2.7 2.2 3.3 0.5

Community and social service occupations

98 51 3.6 1.9 2.3 1.9 4.2 2.0

Legal occupations

26 32 1.3 1.6 1.4 0.9 1.1 2.2

Education, training, and library occupations

504 495 5.6 5.3 4.7 4.9 5.9 5.4

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

105 146 2.8 4.2 3.4 4.1 2.2 4.3

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

123 146 1.3 1.5 1.4 0.2 1.2 1.9

Service occupations

1,451 1,230 5.0 4.2 5.0 4.3 5.0 4.2

Healthcare support occupations

118 119 3.2 2.9 4.3 1.8 3.0 3.1

Protective service occupations

118 75 3.5 2.2 3.8 1.2 2.4 5.5

Food preparation and serving related occupations

611 562 6.5 6.3 6.0 6.7 6.8 6.0

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

324 255 5.2 4.0 5.4 4.7 4.9 2.9

Personal care and service occupations

280 219 4.4 3.5 3.6 3.0 4.6 3.6

Sales and office occupations

1,333 1,295 3.8 3.8 3.6 3.7 3.9 3.8

Sales and related occupations

741 534 4.4 3.4 3.5 2.8 5.3 3.9

Office and administrative support occupations

592 761 3.2 4.1 3.6 5.1 3.1 3.7

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations

746 606 4.8 4.0 4.6 3.7 8.1 10.2

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

106 90 9.0 7.5 6.6 4.6 15.4 15.8

Construction and extraction occupations

479 364 5.4 4.2 5.4 4.0 4.5 10.7

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

161 152 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.1 2.6 0.0

Production, transportation, and material moving occupations

870 837 4.4 4.2 4.1 4.1 5.4 4.5

Production occupations

331 309 3.7 3.4 3.5 3.1 4.2 4.1

Transportation and material moving occupations

539 528 5.0 4.9 4.6 4.9 7.0 5.0

No previous work experience

829 754 - - - - - -

16 to 19 years

558 535 - - - - - -

20 to 24 years

190 129 - - - - - -

25 years and over

81 90 - - - - - -

(1) Includes a small number of persons whose last job was in the Armed Forces.

New E-Verify Database Published

By Bill at June 17, 2019 13:59
Filed Under: Immigration News

We have just obtained from USCIS the lastest version of E-Verify employer database, which contains nearly 600,000 U.S. companies with 5 or more employees.

Since the database contains new information like hiring states or industry, we enhanced the E-Verify employer search interface as well. It is very important that you use following link to find out if your potential sponsors are verifed.

E-Verify is a United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website that allows businesses to determine the eligibility of their employees, both U.S. or foreign citizens, to work in the United States. For more information, please visit e-verify database section.

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

New immigration plan to focus on high-skilled workers

By Bill at May 29, 2019 23:46
Filed Under: Immigration News
On May 16, President Trump announced an immigration proposal that would favor admissions based on merit rather than family ties, thus dramatically reshape the legal immigration system in the United States.

The proposal would judge immigrants with a points-based system that would favor high-skilled workers -- accounting for age, English proficiency, education and whether the applicant has a well-paying job offer.

Currently, only about 12% of immigrants are admitted based on employment and skills, while 66% are admitted based on family connections inside the U.S. Administration officials estimate that those numbers would flip to 57% and 33%, respectively, under the new plan.

The average yearly wage of legal immigrants is approximately $43,000. Administration officials said that immigrants admitted based on education and skills would have an average income of $126,000, and they would expect the average yearly wage of all immigrants to rise to roughly $96,000.

For more information about the immigration plan, please visit immigration blog.

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

Not all jobs are created equal!

US sponsors submitted over 400K labor petitions for H1-B jobs in 6 months

By Bill at May 29, 2019 23:34
Filed Under: Immigration News

We have just published all labor petitions filed by U.S. employers during the first six months of fiscal year 2019 through our legacy database system. It includes all the LCA filed by employers for FY2019 cap subject H-1B petitions.

From October 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019, Department of Labor made decisions on 412,424 labor condition applications for H-1B visa jobs: 4,082 were denied, 32,898 were 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 10/1/2018-3/31/2019
Total LCA 382,259 423,006 420,436 410,605 412,424
Certified 351,962 383,204 381,308 377,492 375,444
Denied 6,427 5,904 5,512 5,388 4,082
Withdrawn 23,870 33,898 33,616 27,725 32,898

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.     

President Trump’s Bold Immigration Plan for the 21st Century

By Bill at May 29, 2019 23:28
Filed Under: Immigration News

When President Donald J. Trump addressed Americans from the White House Rose Garden on Thursday, he unveiled an immigration plan that will turn America’s broken immigration system from a source of national division into a point of pride and national unity.

The President’s plan has two parts. First, it recognizes that full border security is the bedrock of any functioning immigration system and proposes functional, operational, and structural reforms to strengthen America’s border infrastructure and laws. Second, it creates a new merit-based legal immigration system that protects American wages and safety net programs, prioritizes immediate families, and creates a fair and transparent process for immigration to America.


  • Fully secure the border. The President’s plan creates a permanent, self-sustaining border security fund. Paid for with fees and revenues generated at ports of entry, the trust fund will ensure that law enforcement officers never have to wait on Congress to give them the resources to do their jobs. It would also make certain that 100 percent of people and goods entering the United States are properly inspected at ports of entry. The plan will facilitate quick completion of barrier construction in strategic locations and combat visa overstays through legal and infrastructural enhancements.
  • Restore integrity to America’s exploited asylum process. Loopholes in U.S. immigration laws are driving a flood of human smuggling and other fraudulent activities along the southern border. President Trump wants to expedite relief for legitimate asylum seekers—and send those who abuse the system home promptly.
  • Modernize the legal immigration process to protect American workers. About 70 percent of immigrants who come to the United States today are admitted based on family relationships or through a random visa lottery—a system that favors random chance over the skills our economy needs. Through a point-based merit system, the President’s plan increases the number of legal immigrants selected based on skill or merit from 12 percent to 57 percent. The plan also has layers of protection for American jobs and wages, including recruitment requirements, displacement prohibitions, and wage floors.
  • Promote national unity. The President’s plan is designed to attract immigrants who are ready to integrate into America’s melting pot. Before being able to apply, green card applicants must pass a U.S. civics exam and demonstrate English proficiency. The plan also gives priority to young applicants who are likely to build long-term ties and contribute to our society over their lifetimes.
  • Prioritize the immediate families of U.S. citizens and new immigrants. Spouses and children of U.S. citizens and initiating immigrants should be at the front of the line to obtain a green card. The President’s plan prioritizes immediate family members of U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
  • Increases diversity and equality. No matter where in the world someone is born or who their relatives are, if they want to become American, they should face the same standard as anyone else applying. The “Build America Visa” will use a clear, fair point-based criteria—one that prizes extraordinary achievement and potential to contribute to our Nation—to determine who should be issued a green card for permanent residence in the United States.

The big idea in President Trump’s plan is that “pro-America” and “pro-immigrant” are synonyms. Illegal immigration hurts everyone. A random, unfair entry process hurts everyone. Underfunded law enforcement hurts everyone. Fixing these things will make life better for our citizens while increasing the odds dramatically that new immigrants are put in the best position possible to succeed.

It’s revealing that the only ones opposed to a safer, stronger immigration system are special interests who profit off the horrible status quo. Those forces against change include everyone from the corporations who exploit cheap, illegal labor to the career politicians who benefit from never solving the issue. The inertia against reform is powerful, but Americans across the spectrum delivered a strong rebuke to Washington “business-as-usual” when they elected President Trump in 2016.

“Many of the Democrats have claimed to be for these concepts at different times in their careers and, in many cases, in very recent history,” President Trump said on Thursday. “And I hope that they will end up joining me and all of the people gathered together today in putting politics aside, putting security and wages first, and pursuing these historic reforms.”


America has not seriously reformed its legal admissions system in more than 50 years, since Lyndon Baines Johnson was less than two years into his tenure as President. As a result, the developed world today from Canada to Australia is outpacing the U.S. with modern immigration systems that attract the best talent and offer the most opportunity of anywhere on Earth.

Our Nation was once the melting pot of the world. It’s time to restore the American Dream for everyone—citizens and newcomers alike—with an immigration system that works.

H-1B visa petitions increased 6%

By Bill at April 26, 2019 14:44
Filed Under: Immigration News

The number of cap subject H-1B petitions submitted for this year reached 201,011, about 6% increase from the 190,098 submitted last year, the first rise in 3 years. read more

In accordance with the new H-1B regulation, USCIS changed the computer-generated random selection process. The result was an 11% increase in advanced-degree H-1B petitions being selected in the lottery, from last year's 56% to this year's 63%.

USCIS will reject and return all unselected petitions with their filing fees, unless the petition is found to be a duplicate filing. However, USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap.

Petitions for new H-1B employment are exempt from the annual cap if the beneficiaries will work at

Petitions filed on behalf of current or former H-1B workers who have been counted previously against the cap, and who still retain their cap number, also do not count toward the cap. Accordingly, USCIS will continue to process fiscal year 2019 and 2020 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.
  • Allow current H-1B workers to work concurrently in a second H-1B position.
  • Allow recapture of the time that H-1B workers spent outside the U.S.
  • Change status back to H-1B from other status like H-4 or F-1. 

USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process

By Bill at April 26, 2019 14:18
Filed Under: Immigration News

On April 10, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated regular cap and the U.S. advanced degree exemption for fiscal year (FY) 2020. After completing the random selection process for the regular cap, USCIS also determined that it has received a number of petitions projected as sufficient to meet the 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, also known as the master’s cap.

USCIS received 201,011 H-1B petitions during the filing period, which began April 1, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption. USCIS announced on April 5 that it had received enough petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H-1B regular cap of 65,000.

In accordance with the new H-1B regulation, USCIS first conducted the selection process for H-1B cap-subject petitions submitted on behalf of all beneficiaries, including those that may have been eligible for the advanced degree exemption. USCIS then selected a number projected to reach the advanced degree exemption from the remaining eligible petitions. USCIS will reject and return all unselected petitions with their filing fees unless the petition is a prohibited multiple filing (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, are exempt from the FY 2020 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.

H-1B Visa Approval and Denial History for Every Employer Released

By Bill at April 13, 2019 01:45
Filed Under: Immigration News, Tips and Features

We have just obtained from USCIS 10 year H-1B Visa approval and denial history(2009-2019) and published on our website. This is the first time U.S. government releases such data.

The database includes nearly 510,000 approvals and 41,000 denial for over 170,000 employers. While we are still analyzing and integrating the data, we believe it is very important for our users to have access to the data right away.

Many employers, including some top visa sponsors had large numbers of H-1B visa denials in recent years. Please use following link to search the data now!

We are working hard on developing more reports and integrate the data into employer profiles. We also will update the data at least once every quarter.