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DOL denied 6.5% of labor petitions for green card in 2017

By Bill at December 13, 2017 20:02
Filed Under: Immigration News

For most employment based green card categories, U.S. employers starts the process by filing a permanent labor certification(LC) in PERM system. In fiscal year 2017, Department of Labor received 105,034 labor certifications(LC) for green card, a 8% increase from fiscal year 2016.

During the same period of time, Department of Labor processed 97,603 labor certifications(LC): 6,413 were denied and 3,581 were withdrawn. We have published all those petitions on our legacy database system.

Labor Certification Received Processed Certified Denied Withdrawn  
2017 105,034 97,603 87,609 6,413 3,581 PDF report
2016 97,504 126,143 115,933 5,560 4,650 PDF report
2015 87,644 89,151 78,938 5,851 4,362 PDF report
2014 74,936 70,988 62,633 4,349 4,016 PDF report



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Labor Certification(LC) is different from Labor Condition Application(LCA) . LC is for employment based green card while LCA is for H1B visa.

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.     

December Is a Good Month to Apply for a Job

By Bill at November 30, 2017 20:02
Filed Under: Immigration News, Tips and Features

While employers and recruiters are trying to meet goals, the number of applications drops off!

We strongly encourage you to take proactive actions in December to apply for new jobs and contact visa sponsors directly. Here are the reasons:
  1. H-1B Season: USCIS will start accepting cap-subject H-1B Visa petitions on April 1, 2018. It is only four months away.
  2. Potential Applicants: Applications tend to slow down during the holiday season more than openings do -- tipping the balance in favor of those who do apply!
  3. Company Budget: 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. Recruiter Goals: Recruiters also have yearly performance reviews and goals. They will try to get more applicants in front of hiring managers before the end of the year.
  5. Job Market: Job growth is still very strong. In October 2017, U.S. employers added 261,000 new jobs, the strongest number in more than one year, and the unemployment rate dropped to 4.1%, the lowest since December 2000.
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 2018 visa reports. But you can still search 2017 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.



Not all jobs are created equal!

Employers Submitted Over 620,000 Labor Petitions for H-1B Visa

By Bill at November 09, 2017 21:30
Filed Under: Immigration News
We have published all labor applications filed by U.S. employers during the whole fiscal year 2017 through our legacy database system.

From October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017, Department of Labor made decisions on 624,650 labor condition applications for H-1B visa jobs, nearly 4% less than last year's record number. (view detailed report).

  Total LCA Certified Denied Withdrawn Certified-Withdrawn
2017 624,650 568,145 8,480 48,025 49,704
2016 647,852 569,646 9,220 21,894 47,092
2015 618,810 547,278 10,983 19,472 41,071
2014 519504 455,144 11,938 16,069 36,350
2013 442,275 38,2951 12,170 11,707 35,432


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


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White House Proposed Skills-based Immigration System

By Bill at October 20, 2017 02:14
Filed Under: Immigration News

On Oct. 8, 2017, the White House released the promised Immigration Principles & Policies which outline the Trump Administration's position on immigration. This document is broken into three parts: 1) Border Security, 2) Interior Enforcement, and 3) Merit-Based Immigration. read full document

"The current immigration system prioritizes extended family based chain migration over skills-based immigration and does not serve the national interest. Decades of low-skilled immigration has suppressed wages, fueled unemployment and strained federal resources."

Therefore, the Administration proposed establishing a merit-based immigration system that protects U.S. workers and taxpayers, and ending chain migration, to promote financial success and assimilation for newcomers.

  1. Limit extended-family chain migration and replace it with a merit-based system that prioritizes skills and economic contributions.
  2. Establish a skills-based, points-based system for green cards;
  3. Eliminate the "Diversity Visa Lottery".
  4. Limit the number of refugees, prevent abuse of the Refugee Admissions Program.

For more information, please click to read original proposal or check our top visa sponsor reports.

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

May 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

By Bill at August 07, 2017 00:45
Filed Under: Immigration News

Data on occupational employment and wages are collected from employers of every size, in every state, in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, in all industry sectors. These estimates are cross-industry estimates. Self-employed persons are not included in the survey or estimates.


Occupation title EmploymentMedian hourly wageMean hourly wageAnnual mean wage
Management Occupations 7,090,790 $48.46 $56.74 $118,020
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 7,281,190 $31.99 $36.09 $75,070
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 4,165,140 $39.82 $42.25 $87,880
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 2,499,050 $37.45 $40.53 $84,300
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 1,152,840 $30.45 $35.06 $72,930
Community and Social Service Occupations 2,019,250 $20.67 $22.69 $47,200
Legal Occupations 1,075,520 $38.30 $50.95 $105,980
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 8,636,430 $23.08 $26.21 $54,520
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1,902,970 $22.69 $28.07 $58,390
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 8,318,500 $30.49 $38.06 $79,160
Healthcare Support Occupations 4,043,480 $13.42 $14.65 $30,470
Protective Service Occupations 3,386,360 $18.59 $22.03 $45,810
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 12,981,720 $10.01 $11.47 $23,850
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 4,426,090 $11.87 $13.47 $28,010
Personal Care and Service Occupations 4,514,960 $10.92 $12.74 $26,510
Sales and Related Occupations 14,536,530 $12.78 $19.50 $40,560
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 22,026,080 $16.37 $17.91 $37,260
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 463,640 $11.30 $13.37 $27,810
Construction and Extraction Occupations 5,585,420 $20.96 $23.51 $48,900
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 5,456,640 $20.89 $22.45 $46,690
Production Occupations 9,105,650 $15.93 $17.88 $37,190
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 9,731,790 $14.78 $17.34 $36,070

U.S. employers submitted nearly 140K LCA after April 1

By Bill at July 24, 2017 00:16
Filed Under: Immigration News
We have published all labor applications(LCA) filed by U.S. employers during the first 9 months of fiscal year 2017 through our legacy database system.

From October 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017, Department of Labor received 528,146 LCA for H-1B visa jobs: 6,989 were denied, 38,784 were withdrawn.

U.S. employers still submitted large number of LCA after April 1 when the annual quota for H-1B Visa was used up. The total number is estimated to be over 140K at the end of July. Click here to understand why.

  Year to Date First Quarter Second Quarter Third Quarter
Total LCA 528,146 93,522 326,905 107,719
Certified 482,373 80,395 305,769 96,209
Denied 6,989 1,369 4,143 1,477
Withdrawn 38,784 11,758 16,993 10,033


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.

 

Strong job growth drives jobless rate to 16-year low

By Bill at July 11, 2017 01:44
Filed Under: Immigration News
The U.S. created 222,000 new jobs in June as hiring accelerated in the spring, showing that companies are still finding ways to add staff despite a growing shortage of skilled workers.

The U.S. is forecast to grow twice as fast in the second quarter as it did in the first three months of the year. The job market remains in good shape eight years into the economic expansion.

The unemployment rate, meanwhile, rose to 4.4% from 4.3% in May as more people entered the labor force in search of work. The jobless rate had fallen to a 16-year low in May.

Please visit our blog to see the detailed unemployment rate by occupation, age and gender.

Occupation Unemployment Rate
6/2016
Unemployment Rate
6/2017
Management 2.8 2.3
Business and financial operations 3.1 2.4
Computer and mathematical 2.2 2.3
Architecture and engineering 3.0 3.0
Life, physical, and social science 1.8 3.2
Education, training, and library 5.6 4.1
Healthcare practitioner and technical 1.4 1.2
click here to view all occupations by gender


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Unemployed Rates by occupation and sex June 2017

By Bill at July 11, 2017 01:03
Filed Under: Immigration News
Unemployed persons by occupation and sex[Numbers in thousands]
OccupationTotal unemployedUnemployment rates
June
2016
June
2017
TotalMenWomen
June
2016
June
2017
June
2016
June
2017
June
2016
June
2017

Total, 16 years and over(1)

8,144 7,250 5.1 4.5 5.0 4.4 5.2 4.7
 

Management, professional, and related occupations

1,712 1,440 2.8 2.3 2.4 2.2 3.2 2.5

Management, business, and financial operations occupations

646 504 2.5 1.9 2.2 2.0 2.8 1.9

Management occupations

400 319 2.2 1.8 2.1 1.7 2.4 1.9

Business and financial operations occupations

245 185 3.1 2.4 2.6 3.0 3.4 1.9

Professional and related occupations

1,067 936 3.1 2.6 2.6 2.3 3.4 2.8

Computer and mathematical occupations

103 111 2.2 2.3 1.8 2.4 3.3 2.0

Architecture and engineering occupations

94 101 3.0 3.0 3.2 2.8 2.1 4.0

Life, physical, and social science occupations

26 48 1.8 3.2 2.0 1.1 1.5 5.7

Community and social service occupations

67 32 2.5 1.2 1.4 0.5 3.1 1.6

Legal occupations

11 14 0.6 0.7 0.4 0.3 0.8 1.1

Education, training, and library occupations

495 381 5.6 4.1 4.5 3.4 6.0 4.4

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

140 141 4.4 4.1 4.8 4.1 3.9 4.2

Healthcare practitioner and technical occupations

131 110 1.4 1.2 0.8 1.1 1.7 1.2

Service occupations

1,658 1,540 5.7 5.3 5.6 4.8 5.7 5.7

Healthcare support occupations

125 134 3.3 3.8 2.9 1.0 3.4 4.2

Protective service occupations

106 81 3.3 2.5 2.6 1.5 5.3 5.6

Food preparation and serving related occupations

621 673 6.8 7.4 6.9 7.1 6.6 7.6

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

438 330 6.6 5.0 6.4 5.0 6.8 5.0

Personal care and service occupations

368 322 5.7 5.0 5.2 4.4 5.9 5.1

Sales and office occupations

1,550 1,503 4.4 4.3 4.2 3.8 4.6 4.6

Sales and related occupations

820 797 4.9 4.8 4.3 3.0 5.4 6.6

Office and administrative support occupations

730 706 4.0 3.8 3.9 5.1 4.1 3.4

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations

832 747 5.5 4.9 5.2 4.6 11.1 10.9

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

151 95 10.8 7.0 8.6 5.4 17.1 11.8

Construction and extraction occupations

462 459 5.3 5.3 5.3 5.1 5.8 9.9

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

218 192 4.4 3.8 4.3 3.6 6.4 10.4

Production, transportation, and material moving occupations

1,091 1,027 5.9 5.4 5.5 5.0 7.3 6.8

Production occupations

439 466 4.9 5.1 4.3 4.8 6.6 5.8

Transportation and material moving occupations

652 560 6.7 5.7 6.4 5.1 8.5 8.3
 

No previous work experience

1,278 981 - - - - - -

16 to 19 years

785 644 - - - - - -

20 to 24 years

291 203 - - - - - -

25 years and over

202 134 - - - - - -

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

NOTE: Updated population controls are introduced annually with the release of January data. Dash indicates no data or data that do not meet publication criteria (values not shown where base is less than 75,000). 

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

The employers are always looking for skilled foreign workers, make sure you polish your resume and update your career profiles regularly.



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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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