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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.

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.