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Dept of Labor just denied 6000 labor petitions in 2019

By Bill at November 14, 2019 04:24
Filed Under: Immigration News

We have published all labor applications filed by U.S. employers during the whole fiscal year 2019 through our online database system.

From October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019, Department of Labor made decisions on 664,616 labor condition applications for H-1B visa jobs, the highest number in history. (view detailed report).

  Total LCA Certified Denied Withdrawn
2019 664,616 613,745 5,893 44,978
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.

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.

US approves more H-1B visas in 2019 despite stricter scrutiny

By Bill at October 30, 2019 23:25
Filed Under: Immigration News
The US has approved a higher number of H-1B applications(both for initial visas and visa extension for continued employment) in 2019, showing that the demand for these work visas continues to be strong.

While in 2015, about 288,000 applications were approved by USCIS, for fiscal year 2019, the number passed 389,0000, up from last year's 335,000.

USCIS statistics from fiscal year 2015 - 2019, check page 3 for H-1B summary data

The above data also shows that USCIS continued scrutiny of H-1B applications. RFEs were sought in 40% of cases from sponsoring employers to justify the visa applications. It is said that the top three reasons for an RFE are
  1. to ascertain whether the job is a speciality occupation to warrant hiring of H-1B worker
  2. to ascertain a bona fide employer-employee relationship
  3. to ascertain the availability of work at third party work site
Top 10 reasons for H-1B RFE-Request for Evidence

It is said that determination of whether a job is specialised or not is a factor that will continue to dominate the processing of H-1B visa application. For more information, please check H-1B knowledge base for more information.



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Autumn is the best season for job hunting

By Bill at October 03, 2019 21:45
Filed Under: Immigration News, 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 reduce operating profits by incurring search fees towards the end of each year, to avoid paying taxes!

The slowest season for hiring and job hunting are the holiday season(Thanksgiving through New Year's) and summertime (Memorial Day through mid-August). That's why the employers want to get new recruits in before December.

The U.S. job market is still very strong. The pace of layoffs and the unemployment rate remain near a 50-year low. Anyway, now is the best time to start job search, take actions now!
  1. Conduct a self-assessment to determine skills and talents, then update your career profile.
  2. Use real time H1B database to conduct market research, and identify employers in need of your skills and talents.
  3. Craft an industry-specific resume and cover letter, and upload them to job candidate database.
  4. Utilize Resume Blasting Service to pitch large number of employers.
  5. Negotiate and evaluate job offers by researching how similar H1B jobs are paid.


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Employers filed over 550K LCA in 9 months, but who really use them?

By Bill at September 26, 2019 05:57
Filed Under: Immigration News

We have published all labor applications(LCA) filed by U.S. employers during the first 9 months of fiscal year 2019 through our legacy database system.

From October 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019, Department of Labor processed 552,336 LCA for H-1B visa jobs: 5,199 were denied, 16,379 were withdrawn.

As we reported on last newsletter, the Labor Department 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.

You can now use the "Client" field to search for those "real employers". For example, following search will show what companies have sent H-1B workers to work for Apple Inc.

http://www.myvisajobs.com/H1B-Visa/Search.aspx?CL=Apple

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

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).

https://www.myvisajobs.com/H1B-Visa/LCA.aspx?ID=7106718

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
6/2016
Unemployment Rate
6/2019
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
June
2018
June
2019
TotalMenWomen
June
2018
June
2019
June
2018
June
2019
June
2018
June
2019

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 - - - - - -

Footnotes
(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.

http://www.myvisajobs.com/E-Verify.aspx

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.



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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.