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2018 Green Card Report: Top Work City

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RankWork CityGreen Card PetitionsAverage Salary
1New York, NY4,694$122,768
2College Station, TX3,874$80,939
3San Francisco, CA2,645$136,356
4Seattle, WA2,134$129,752
5Redmond, WA2,061$130,820
6Mountain View, CA1,938$141,940
7San Jose, CA1,912$132,138
8Plano, TX1,800$109,249
9Houston, TX1,496$95,153
10Santa Clara, CA1,425$133,449
11Sunnyvale, CA1,337$136,860
12Chicago, IL1,311$105,852
13San Diego, CA1,123$112,261
14Los Angeles, CA1,109$69,596
15Edison, NJ1,071$97,213
16Austin, TX986$102,735
17Cupertino, CA973$156,726
18Irving, TX951$92,771
19Miami, FL910$65,521
20Atlanta, GA883$101,747
21Jersey City, NJ801$112,317
22Dallas, TX734$87,199
23Palo Alto, CA709$144,549
24Menlo Park, CA692$145,941
25Troy, MI656$87,873
26Hillsboro, OR614$120,227
27Boston, MA570$118,237
28Fremont, CA533$112,856
29Alpharetta, GA526$98,500
30Tampa, FL514$94,431
31Irvine, CA477$100,100
32Bellevue, WA435$117,777
33Piscataway, NJ416$103,241
34Iselin, NJ413$105,862
35Teaneck, NJ394$104,609
36Charlotte, NC388$98,733
36Farmington Hills, MI388$85,157
38Frisco, TX380$92,995
39Springdale, AR356$21,662
40Cary, NC343$100,336
41Washington, DC342$101,593
42Herndon, VA340$105,412
43Princeton, NJ328$104,902
44Gastonia, NC326$17,613
45Brooklyn, NY315$74,123
46Phoenix, AZ311$99,423
47Cassville, MO302$22,894
48Folsom, CA296$116,529
49Redwood City, CA291$129,621
50Cambridge, MA286$110,768
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 City who have filed the largest numbers of permanent labor certifications under PERM in fiscal year 2017. 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 The number includes certified, withdrawn, denied and certified but withdrawn certifications.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 2017, 4,694 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were New York, NY. The average salary of those 4,694 permanent labor certifications was $122,768. 3,874 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were College Station, TX. The average salary of those 3,874 permanent labor certifications was $80,939. 2,645 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were San Francisco, CA. The average salary of those 2,645 permanent labor certifications was $136,356.

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