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2013 Green Card Report: Top Work State

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RankWork StateGreen Card PetitionsAverage Salary
1California14,031$99,666
2New Jersey6,558$88,475
3New York5,451$101,693
4Texas5,380$91,072
5Washington3,460$108,836
6Illinois2,931$90,061
7Virginia2,506$87,420
8Massachusetts2,151$100,248
9Florida2,094$85,257
10Pennsylvania1,969$95,278
11Michigan1,911$87,346
12Georgia1,848$84,425
13Ohio1,344$86,794
14Maryland1,248$83,036
15North Carolina943$84,886
16Arizona715$85,829
17Connecticut706$98,384
18Minnesota594$98,583
19Wisconsin590$101,227
20Missouri522$97,178
21Indiana516$91,714
22Colorado496$91,206
23District of Columbia456$88,770
24Delaware398$90,912
25Tennessee365$80,842
26Kansas342$78,620
27Kentucky338$98,087
28Alabama321$73,080
29Iowa302$104,680
30Oregon281$101,734
31South Carolina264$75,878
32Oklahoma258$80,997
33Arkansas249$81,479
34Louisiana246$80,584
35Utah237$80,591
36Nebraska207$92,121
37New Hampshire202$96,200
38Nevada160$89,377
39Idaho118$75,936
40Rhode Island114$98,586
41New Mexico106$90,827
42North Dakota99$139,412
43Vermont95$88,378
44West Virginia87$103,356
45Mississippi86$88,842
46Hawaii70$89,668
47Maine65$141,182
48South Dakota56$148,789
49Wyoming38$61,075
50Alaska28$103,921
51Montana18$74,074
Note: To obtain employment based green card in United States, most foreign workers will have to go through 3 steps: 1). Permanent Labor Certification(ETA Form 9089), 2). Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker(Form I-140), 3). Adjust of Status to a permanent resident of the United States(Form I485).

The above report lists the top Work State who have filed the largest numbers of permanent labor certifications under PERM in fiscal year 2012. The Green Card Petitions on the report is the number of permanent labor certifications for Green Card filed under PERM. The number includes certified, withdrawn, denied and certified but withdrawn certifications. The Average Salary is the average proffered salary on ETA Form 9089.

A permanent labor certification issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) allows an employer to hire a foreign worker to work permanently in the United States. Once received (if required), the employer then files an Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, Form I-140, with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for the appropriate employment-based preference category.

The Department of Labor must certify to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that 1). there are no qualified Americian workers(U.S. Citizens or permanent residents) able, willing, qualified and available to accept the job at the prevailing wage for that occupation in the area of intended employment, 2) employment of the alien will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed American workers, like U.S. citizents or permanent residents.

Sometimes the green card sponsors did not enter a specific salary on ETA Form 9089, but used a salary range with minimum and maximum salary. Our algorithm uses the middle point of the range to calculate the average salary. Please review the certification details to understand the salary range.

For example, the first three records on this report mean that in fiscal year 2012, 14,031 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were California. The average salary of those 14,031 permanent labor certifications was $99,666. 6,558 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were New Jersey. The average salary of those 6,558 permanent labor certifications was $88,475. 5,451 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were New York. The average salary of those 5,451 permanent labor certifications was $101,693.

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