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2020 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
1California24,239$130,222
2Texas13,220$90,668
3New York8,952$122,891
4New Jersey6,276$103,007
5Washington6,203$129,913
6Florida4,479$78,499
7Illinois3,921$101,375
8Massachusetts3,595$109,312
9Georgia3,260$76,677
10Michigan3,203$95,048
11Virginia3,154$89,487
12Pennsylvania2,309$106,875
13North Carolina1,651$98,137
14Ohio1,639$90,360
15Oregon1,315$97,980
16Maryland1,238$79,275
17Missouri1,114$75,248
18Arizona1,074$97,199
19Colorado956$86,869
20Minnesota939$99,284
21Connecticut812$104,339
22Indiana739$82,847
23South Carolina686$49,337
24Tennessee673$76,480
25Wisconsin661$93,925
26Alabama519$62,229
27Arkansas498$64,771
28Utah461$82,741
29Louisiana418$63,912
30Kentucky409$71,851
31Kansas366$88,894
32Iowa349$94,014
33Delaware344$112,182
34District of Columbia342$90,205
35Nebraska329$85,759
36Oklahoma271$75,588
37South Dakota266$43,406
38Nevada218$88,591
39New Hampshire202$109,254
40Idaho190$89,349
41Mississippi174$67,270
42New Mexico158$97,724
43Rhode Island129$103,582
44Hawaii110$60,166
45North Dakota105$121,859
46Maine62$166,183
47West Virginia60$151,917
48Vermont46$91,353
49Alaska27$78,016
50Wyoming26$77,257
51Montana25$113,603
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 2019. 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 The number includes certified, withdrawn, denied and certified but withdrawn certifications.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 2019, 24,239 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were California. The average salary of those 24,239 permanent labor certifications was $130,222. 13,220 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were Texas. The average salary of those 13,220 permanent labor certifications was $90,668. 8,952 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were New York. The average salary of those 8,952 permanent labor certifications was $122,891.

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