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2019 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
1California28,991$122,977
2Texas11,568$92,115
3New York10,471$116,598
4Washington8,604$128,394
5New Jersey7,542$100,461
6Florida5,078$80,043
7Illinois4,450$94,687
8Massachusetts4,130$107,513
9Michigan4,124$93,908
10Georgia4,067$79,453
11Virginia3,498$90,763
12Pennsylvania2,987$105,347
13North Carolina2,903$79,373
14Ohio1,849$99,871
15Maryland1,577$82,479
16Arizona1,551$98,154
17Oregon1,540$105,354
18Wisconsin1,081$91,205
19Colorado1,057$91,001
20Missouri1,037$84,226
21Minnesota1,016$102,958
22Connecticut977$103,587
23Delaware913$54,510
24Indiana814$93,638
25South Carolina735$52,252
26Tennessee723$83,138
27Utah535$87,087
28Arkansas519$64,240
29District of Columbia499$93,336
30Louisiana487$66,675
31Alabama450$70,875
32Kentucky424$96,781
33Kansas382$88,810
34Nebraska374$78,460
35Iowa373$112,618
36Oklahoma277$76,472
37Nevada236$82,359
38New Hampshire215$110,229
39Rhode Island183$92,966
40New Mexico156$122,055
41Idaho154$87,161
42South Dakota150$63,438
43Mississippi143$107,579
44Hawaii121$79,414
45North Dakota117$116,891
46West Virginia106$152,589
47Maine86$142,691
48Vermont74$91,683
49Montana52$122,085
50Alaska45$75,334
51Wyoming31$115,096
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 2018. 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 The number includes certified, withdrawn, denied and certified but withdrawn certifications.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 2018, 28,991 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were California. The average salary of those 28,991 permanent labor certifications was $122,977. 11,568 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were Texas. The average salary of those 11,568 permanent labor certifications was $92,115. 10,471 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were New York. The average salary of those 10,471 permanent labor certifications was $116,598.

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