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2015 Green Card Report: Top Work State

Category: All | Case Status | Country | Visa | Job Title | Occupation | Industry | Sector | Work City | Work State
RankWork StateGreen Card PetitionsAverage Salary
1California16,703$110,206
2Texas7,147$91,632
3New York5,814$109,310
4New Jersey5,318$93,696
5Washington4,317$117,800
6Illinois3,184$95,927
7Massachusetts2,504$104,772
8Virginia2,419$94,278
9Florida2,371$90,583
10Michigan2,367$90,327
11Georgia2,060$85,522
12Pennsylvania1,929$98,075
13Ohio1,268$95,616
14Maryland1,223$86,851
15North Carolina1,190$93,825
16Arizona937$95,727
17Connecticut756$102,721
18Oregon730$117,111
19Wisconsin626$104,509
20Colorado608$94,839
21Indiana595$97,703
22Minnesota592$101,118
23Missouri553$104,874
24Alabama489$70,702
25District of Columbia406$93,421
26Tennessee404$94,478
27Iowa389$105,209
28Kansas362$91,455
29South Carolina348$73,758
30Kentucky331$109,068
31Delaware278$106,497
32Utah252$80,213
33Louisiana238$80,806
34Nebraska223$98,222
35New Hampshire201$104,976
36Oklahoma192$84,757
37Mississippi190$59,170
38Arkansas187$105,742
39New Mexico176$82,071
40Nevada165$87,003
41North Dakota105$159,557
42West Virginia105$141,701
43Vermont97$97,129
44Idaho91$81,726
45Maine86$138,434
46Hawaii65$75,995
47South Dakota54$129,560
48Montana28$69,397
49Wyoming25$143,978
50Alaska14$79,349
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 2014. 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 The number includes certified, withdrawn, denied and certified but withdrawn certifications.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 2014, 16,703 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were California. The average salary of those 16,703 permanent labor certifications was $110,206. 7,147 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were Texas. The average salary of those 7,147 permanent labor certifications was $91,632. 5,814 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were New York. The average salary of those 5,814 permanent labor certifications was $109,310.

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