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U.S. jobless claims at lowest level in 28 years

By Bill at May 18, 2017 19:43
Filed Under: Immigration News
Labor Department reported on May 18 that, initial claims for state unemployment benefits decreased to 232,000 for the week ended May 13. 

The total number of unemployed workers receiving benefits fell to 1.9 million, the lowest such mark since November of 1988, when the workforce was much smaller. 

Claims have now been below 300,000, a threshold associated with a healthy labor market, for 115 straight weeks. That is the longest such stretch since 1970, when the labor market was smaller. The labor market is close to full employment, with the unemployment rate at a 10-year low of 4.4 percent. 

U.S. economy is adding roughly twice as many jobs as necessary to absorb new entrants into the labor force. The employers are desperately looking for skilled foreign workers. It is time for you to update your career profile and pitch potential employers now!

Employers filed 420,000 labor petitions for H-1B in 6 months

By Bill at May 04, 2017 00:35
Filed Under: Immigration News
We have published all labor petitions filed by U.S. employers during the first six months of fiscal year 2017 through our legacy database system

From October 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017, Department of Labor received 420,436 labor condition applications for H-1B visa jobs: 5,512 were denied, 33,616 were withdrawn. 

  10/1/14-3/31/2015 10/1/15-3/31/2016 10/1/2016-3/31/2017
Total LCA 382,259 423,006 420,436
Certified 351,962 383,204 381,308
Denied 6,427 5,904 5,512
Withdrawn 23,870 33,898 33,616


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

USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2018

By Bill at April 18, 2017 19:53
Filed Under: Immigration News

USCIS announced on April 7, 2017, that it has received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2018. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the U.S. advanced degree exemption, also known as the master’s cap.    

USCIS received 199,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period, which began April 3, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption. On April 11, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, to select enough petitions to meet the 65,000 general-category cap and the 20,000 cap under the advanced degree exemption. USCIS will reject and return all unselected petitions with their filing fees, unless the petition is found to be a duplicate filing. 

The agency conducted the selection process for the advanced degree exemption first. All unselected advanced degree petitions then became part of the random selection process for the 65,000 cap.

As announced on March 3, USCIS has temporarily suspended premium processing for all H-1B petitions, including cap-exempt petitions, for up to six months. USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap. Petitions filed on behalf of current H-1B workers who have been counted previously against the cap will also not be counted towards the congressionally mandated FY 2018 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 Filing Checklist

By Bill at April 01, 2017 19:16
Filed Under: Immigration News

U.S. employers are expected to file more than 200,000 petitions during the first week of April when USCIS begins accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year 2018 cap on April 3, 2017

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

Please be aware that USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions for up to 6 months! USCIS will reject any Form I-907 filed with an H-1B petition. If the petitioner submits one combined check for both the Form I-907 and Form I-129 H-1B fees, they will reject both forms. 

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

Employers filed over 93,000 labor petitions in first quarter of FY2017

By Bill at March 15, 2017 06:04
Filed Under: Immigration News
We have published all labor applications filed by U.S. employers during the first three months of fiscal year 2017 through our legacy database system. 

From October 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016, U.S. employers filed 93,533 labor condition applications for H-1B visa jobs: 1,369 were denied, 3,190 were withdrawn, 9,809 were withdrawn after being certified

During the same time, Department of Labor made decisions on 24,911 labor certifications for employment green card:1,582 were denied, 806 were withdrawn. 

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


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


USCIS Will Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

By Bill at March 09, 2017 16:13
Filed Under: Immigration News

Starting April 3, 2017, USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions. This suspension may last up to 6 months. While H-1B premium processing is suspended, petitioners will not be able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for a Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker which requests the H-1B nonimmigrant classification. We will notify the public before resuming premium processing for H-1B petitions.

Who Is Affected

The temporary suspension applies to all H-1B petitions filed on or after April 3, 2017. Since FY18 cap-subject H-1B petitions cannot be filed before April 3, 2017, this suspension will apply to all petitions filed for the FY18 H-1B regular cap and master’s advanced degree cap exemption (the “master’s cap”). The suspension also applies to petitions that may be cap-exempt.

While premium processing is suspended, we will reject any Form I-907 filed with an H-1B petition. If the petitioner submits one combined check for both the Form I-907 and Form I-129 H-1B fees, we will have to reject both forms.

We will continue to premium process Form I-129 H-1B petitions if the petitioner properly filed an associated Form I-907 before April 3, 2017. Therefore, we will refund the premium processing fee if:

  1. The petitioner filed the Form I-907 for an H-1B petition before April 3, 2017, and
  2. We did not take adjudicative action on the case within the 15-calendar-day processing period.

This temporary suspension of premium processing does not apply to other eligible nonimmigrant classifications filed on Form I-129.

Requesting Expedited Processing

While premium processing is suspended, petitioners may submit a request to expedite an H-1B petition if they meet the criteria on the Expedite Criteria webpage. It is the petitioner’s responsibility to demonstrate that they meet at least one of the expedite criteria, and we encourage petitioners to submit documentary evidence to support their expedite request.

We review all expedite requests on a case-by-case basis and requests are granted at the discretion of the office leadership.

Why We Are Temporarily Suspending Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions

This temporary suspension will help us to reduce overall H-1B processing times. By temporarily suspending premium processing, we will be able to:

  • Process long-pending petitions, which we have currently been unable to process due to the high volume of incoming petitions and the significant surge in premium processing requests over the past few years; and
  • Prioritize adjudication of H-1B extension of status cases that are nearing the 240 day mark. 

2017 H1B Visa and Green Card Reports Released

By Bill at January 02, 2017 20:54
Filed Under: Immigration News
Myvisajobs.com, the leading employment website for immigrants, has released its 12nd Annual H1B Visa and Employment-based Green Card reports.

During the fiscal year 2016, U.S. employers submitted 647,852 labor condition applications for H-1B visas, and Department of Labor made decisions on 126,143 permanent labor certifications for green cards*.

To help you pitch the employers who are more likely to sponsor you in 2017, 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. 2017 Top 100 H1B Visa Sponsor
  2. 2017 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Status: Certified, Denied or Withdrawn
  3. 2017 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Job Title
  4. 2017 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Work State
  5. 2017 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Work City
  6. 2017 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Occupation
  7. 2017 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Industry
  8. 2017 Top 100 Green Card Sponsor
  9. 2017 Top Green Card Sponsors by Status: Certified, Denied or Withdrawn
  10. 2017 Top Green Card Sponsors by Country of Citizenship
  11. 2017 Top Green Card Sponsors by Visa Status
  12. 2017 Top Green Card Sponsors by Job Title
  13. 2017 Top Green Card Sponsors by Work State
  14. 2017 Top Green Card Sponsors by Work City
  15. 2017 Top Green Card Sponsors by Occupation
  16. 2017 Top Green Card Sponsors by Industry
The employers are always looking for skilled workers, make sure you polish your resume and update your career profiles regularly.

We are updating employers' contact information to make Resume Blasting and Smart Apply 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.    

New immigration rules make H-1B visa program friendlier

By Bill at December 08, 2016 22:12
Filed Under: Immigration News
WASHINGTON--USCIS has published a final rule to make H-1B visa program friendlier to the foreign workers and their families. The new regulations which will go into effect on January 17 2017, will also make U.S. employers easier to hire and retain foreigners. 

The USCIS will allow terminated H1B visa holders a grace period of 60 days to either leave or sort out their paperwork for new jobs. 

The rule will also prevent the revocation of I-140 by employers for those employees who have held it for more 180 days but whose services were terminated. So the employees will not lose their turn in the protracted green card process once they change over to new jobs. 

Another significant change is that USCIS will automatically extend the employment authorization and validity of Employment Authorization Documents (EADs or Form I-766s) for certain individuals who apply on time to renew their EADs.This is great news for the H-4 visa holders who come as spouses of H-1B visa workers. 

Please visit our work visa blog or the published final rule for more information. 

The unemployment rate in U.S. is now just 4.6%. The employers are desperately looking for skilled foreign workers. It is time for you to update your career profile and pitch potential employers now!



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USCIS Publishes Final Rule For Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs

By Bill at December 08, 2016 17:06
Filed Under: Immigration News
Release Date: November 18, 2016

WASHINGTON— USCIS has published a final rule to modernize and improve several aspects of certain employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa programs. USCIS has also amended regulations to better enable U.S. employers to hire and retain certain foreign workers who are beneficiaries of approved employment-based immigrant visa petitions and are waiting to become lawful permanent residents. This rule goes into effect on Jan. 17, 2017.

Among other things, DHS is amending its regulations to:

  • Clarify and improve longstanding DHS policies and practices implementing sections of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act and the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act related to certain foreign workers, which will enhance USCIS’ consistency in adjudication.  
  • Better enable U.S. employers to employ and retain high-skilled workers who are beneficiaries of approved employment-based immigrant visa petitions (Form I-140 petitions) while also providing stability and job flexibility to these workers. The rule increases the ability of these workers to further their careers by accepting promotions, changing positions with current employers, changing employers and pursuing other employment opportunities. 
  • Improve job portability for certain beneficiaries of approved Form I-140 petitions by maintaining a petition’s validity under certain circumstances despite an employer’s withdrawal of the approved petition or the termination of the employer’s business. 
  • Clarify and expand when individuals may keep their priority date when applying for adjustment of status to lawful permanent residence. 
  • Allow certain high-skilled individuals in the United States with E-3, H-1B, H-1B1, L-1 or O-1 nonimmigrant status, including any applicable grace period, to apply for employment authorization for a limited period if:
  1. They are the principal beneficiaries of an approved Form I-140 petition,
  2. An immigrant visa is not authorized for issuance for their priority date, and
  3. They can demonstrate compelling circumstances exist that justify DHS issuing an employment authorization document in its discretion.

Such employment authorization may only be renewed in limited circumstances and only in one year increments.

  • Clarify various policies and procedures related to the adjudication of H-1B petitions, including, among other things, providing H-1B status beyond the six year authorized period of admission, determining cap exemptions and counting workers under the H-1B cap, H-1B portability, licensure requirements and protections for whistleblowers. 
  • Establish two grace periods of up to 10 days for individuals in the E-1, E-2, E-3, L-1, and TN nonimmigrant classifications to provide a reasonable amount of time for these individuals to prepare to begin employment in the country and to depart the United States or take other actions to extend, change, or otherwise maintain lawful status.  
  • Establish a grace period of up to 60 consecutive days during each authorized validity period for certain high-skilled nonimmigrant workers when their employment ends before the end of their authorized validity period, so they may more readily pursue new employment and an extension of their nonimmigrant status. 
  • Automatically extend the employment authorization and validity of Employment Authorization Documents (EADs or Form I-766s) for certain individuals who apply on time to renew their EADs. 
  • Eliminate the regulatory provision that requires USCIS to adjudicate the Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, within 90 days of filing and that authorizes interim EADs in cases where such adjudications are not conducted within the 90-day timeframe.

For more information, visit the Working in the U.S. page or read the rule in the Federal Register. USCIS plans to host a national stakeholder engagement regarding this final rule. Visit this page to sign up for an email alert to receive the invitation from the USCIS Public Engagement Division.

For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit www.uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis), Facebook(/uscis), and the USCIS blog The Beacon

2017 H-1B Visa Filing: Start Applying For Jobs Now!

By Bill at November 30, 2016 19:24
Filed Under: Immigration News, Tips and Features
December hiring is at low levels in many industries. However, we still strongly encourage you take proactive actions now to apply for new jobs and contact visa sponsors directly. Here are the reasons:
  1. USCIS will start accepting cap-subject H-1B Visa petitions on April 1, 2017. It is only four months away.
  2. Applications tend to slow down during the holiday season more than openings do -- tipping the balance in favor of those who do apply!
  3. Hiring managers and CEOs will typically try to reduce their operating profits by incurring search fees towards the end of each year, to avoid paying taxes. They also do not want to lose the allocated funds for new employees.
  4. Job growth is still very strong. The economy has added an average of 181,000 jobs a month in 2016, and the unemployment rate was still only 4.9%.
Following are some actions we suggest you take right away:
  1. Update your contact, skills and resume, so employers can find you and contact you directly.
  2. Be proactive: We are still working on 2017 visa reports. But you can still search 2016 H1B Visa, Green Card, and Wage Determination to find potential employers and pitch them directly.
  3. Be informed: Check E-Verify Employer Database and USCIS Employer Blacklist, so you will not become a victim of visa scam. Bookmark those pages, as we update them regularly.
  4. Be smart: Use our Resume Blast Service and Smart Apply Service to save time and target right employers.



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