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2014 Green Card Report: Top Work State

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RankWork StateGreen Card PetitionsAverage Salary
1California10,120$105,795
2New Jersey4,309$92,854
3Texas3,818$92,434
4New York3,441$103,107
5Illinois2,016$93,130
6Virginia1,805$90,581
7Michigan1,671$87,732
8Massachusetts1,662$100,933
9Washington1,496$111,851
10Florida1,481$86,917
11Georgia1,428$87,356
12Pennsylvania1,351$96,461
13Ohio948$89,403
14Maryland848$84,994
15Oregon765$124,129
16North Carolina763$89,592
17Arizona587$97,396
18Connecticut449$99,665
19Minnesota392$109,891
20Wisconsin338$103,581
21Colorado325$92,800
22Indiana317$97,672
23Missouri315$102,943
24Alabama283$62,754
25District of Columbia242$83,519
26Tennessee237$91,197
27Delaware218$93,537
28Kansas218$85,070
29Kentucky207$90,760
30Iowa197$106,666
31Arkansas170$87,556
32Utah166$81,110
33Louisiana159$70,685
34Nebraska151$89,544
35South Carolina126$87,996
36New Hampshire124$110,876
37Oklahoma113$81,828
38Nevada91$84,530
39New Mexico86$68,888
40Idaho75$79,290
41Mississippi75$69,132
42Vermont66$88,858
43Rhode Island62$87,973
44Maine52$144,361
45North Dakota52$124,098
46West Virginia50$109,236
47South Dakota35$139,358
48Hawaii31$74,037
49Wyoming31$63,904
50Montana17$78,355
51Alaska14$73,567
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 2013. 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 The number includes certified, withdrawn, denied and certified but withdrawn certifications.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 2013, 10,120 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were California. The average salary of those 10,120 permanent labor certifications was $105,795. 4,309 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were New Jersey. The average salary of those 4,309 permanent labor certifications was $92,854. 3,818 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were Texas. The average salary of those 3,818 permanent labor certifications was $92,434.

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