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2016 Green Card Report: Top Work State

Category: All | Case Status | Country | Visa | Job Title | Occupation | Industry | Work City | Work State
RankWork StateGreen Card PetitionsAverage Salary
1California20,943$111,452
2Texas13,955$81,663
3New Jersey7,146$92,157
4New York6,843$107,085
5Illinois3,615$94,654
6Washington3,060$118,525
7Massachusetts2,912$105,546
8Virginia2,600$91,104
9Michigan2,521$88,689
10Georgia2,472$79,767
11Florida2,344$88,563
12Pennsylvania1,982$96,436
13North Carolina1,834$76,563
14Ohio1,618$81,087
15Maryland1,311$85,723
16Oregon1,228$116,214
17Arizona935$93,664
18Connecticut772$97,663
19Colorado711$92,789
20South Carolina701$36,145
21Minnesota659$102,048
22Alabama659$52,006
23Wisconsin620$99,118
24Missouri617$96,405
25Indiana524$98,983
26District of Columbia444$96,954
27Tennessee402$84,099
28Kentucky380$91,539
29Utah341$87,187
30Delaware336$99,119
31Kansas334$90,526
32Iowa327$103,619
33Louisiana322$80,355
34Nebraska281$82,044
35Mississippi224$44,005
36Oklahoma192$82,248
37New Hampshire189$102,629
38New Mexico173$80,940
39Arkansas168$108,602
40Nevada166$88,123
41Rhode Island151$96,501
42Maine107$139,750
43Vermont107$92,025
44Idaho98$87,291
45North Dakota89$132,380
46Hawaii80$67,393
47South Dakota56$147,622
48West Virginia53$119,500
49Alaska35$81,408
50Montana26$64,390
51Wyoming14$148,250
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 2015. 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 The number includes certified, withdrawn, denied and certified but withdrawn certifications.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 2015, 20,943 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were California. The average salary of those 20,943 permanent labor certifications was $111,452. 13,955 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were Texas. The average salary of those 13,955 permanent labor certifications was $81,663. 7,146 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were New Jersey. The average salary of those 7,146 permanent labor certifications was $92,157.

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