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Foreign-born STEM Workers in the United States

By Bill at June 20, 2017 04:26
Filed Under: Immigration News

Workers in STEM fields(science, technology, engineering, and math) play an increasingly important role in the U.S. economy. Foreign-born workers make up a growing share of the country STEM workforce.

Using data from the American Community Survey (ACS), American Immigration Council recently published Fact Sheet:Foreign-born STEM Workers in the United States. It provides an extensive overview of the occupational, gender, educational, and geographic distribution of foreign-born STEM workers in the United States. read full sheet.

For example, following table shows the total number of foreign-born STEM workers in the U.S. workforce has increased dramatically since 1990, both in absolute numbers and as a share of the total workforce.
 
Year Foreign Born STEM Workforce Foreign Born as share of STEM Workforce
1990 508,659 11.9%
2000 1,341,451 18.6%
2010 1,653,206 22.3%
2015 1,976,722 24.3%


Please click here to read the 20 Page Fact Sheet:Foreign-born STEM Workers in the United States

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Bill seeking exemption of visa limits for foreigners with US PhD introduced

By Bill at June 02, 2017 21:30
Filed Under: Immigration News

Congressman Erik Paulsen(Republican) and Mike Quigley(Democratic) introduced the bipartisan Stopping Trained in America Ph.Ds from Leaving the Economy (STAPLE) Act on May 25, 2017. 


The bill would exempt foreign-born individuals who have earned an American Ph.D. in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) from the limits on the number of employment-based green cards and H-1B visas awarded annually.

Congressman Paulsen said, "With thousands of high-skilled jobs going unfilled, the STAPLE Act makes sure American companies are getting the talent they need. By stapling a green card or visa to their diplomas, these professionals can invent and innovate new discoveries that grow our economy."

The same bill was introduced in the House before. During Obama Administration, chance for enactment of such legislation was slim, but during the current Republican government and Congress, the odd is much higher.

For more information, please read press release.

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Paulsen, Quigley Reintroduce Bipartisan Immigration Bill Encouraging American Innovation

By Bill at June 02, 2017 20:55
Filed Under: Immigration News

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Congressman Mike Quigley (IL-05) introduced the bipartisan Stopping Trained in America Ph.D.s from Leaving the Economy (STAPLE) Act, which would exempt foreign-born individuals who have earned an American Ph.D. in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) from the limits on the number of employment-based green cards and H-1B visas awarded annually.

“It is no surprise that the brightest minds from around the world come to the United States to pursue their advanced degrees, and we should be doing all we can to ensure students we educate and train here use what they’ve learned to contribute to the American economy,” said Congressman Paulsen. “With thousands of high-skilled jobs going unfilled, the STAPLE Act makes sure American companies are getting the talent they need. By stapling a green card or visa to their diplomas, these professionals can invent and innovate new discoveries that grow our economy.”  

“If we are serious about fostering innovation, spurring economic activity, and staying competitive in the global marketplace, we must encourage the brightest minds in the world to study, work, and stay in our communities,” said Congressman Quigley. “We cannot advance our technology or research if we continue sending foreign-born, but U.S. educated, students with advanced degrees away. I am proud to join Rep. Paulsen in re-introducing the STAPLE Act, which invests in our future by supporting STEM educated professionals that want to contribute to our economy and society.”

H-1B visas, also known as high-skilled visas, are subject to annual caps that are woefully short of the number necessary to fill high-skilled jobs. Since April 1 when the U.S. began accepting H-1B petitions, the U.S. has received 233,000 applications for these high-skilled visas. Only 65,000 will be available this year, meaning that applicants will be subject to a lottery where two-out-of-three applicants will be denied a visa.

Numerous studies have found that H-1B visas correspond with an increase in jobs for native citizens. For example, a 2011 American Enterprise Institute study found that “an additional 100 foreign-born workers in STEM fields with advanced degrees from U.S. universities is associated with an additional 262 jobs among U.S. natives.”

Congressman Paulsen, a champion of small business and advocate of free enterprise, entrepreneurship, and innovation, serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, the bicameral Joint Economic Committee, and is co-chair of the Congressional Medical Technology Caucus.

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. 

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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:

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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
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*: 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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