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Dept of Labor just denied 6000 labor petitions in 2019

By Bill at November 14, 2019 04:24
Filed Under: Immigration News
We have published all labor applications filed by U.S. employers during the whole fiscal year 2019 through our online database system.From October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019, Department of Labor made decisions on 664,616 labor condition applications for H-1B visa jobs, the highest number in history. (view detailed report).   Total LCA Certified Denied Withdrawn 2019 664,616 613,745 5,893 44,978 2018 654,360 599,782 8,480 45,951 2017 624,650 5... [More]

US approves more H-1B visas in 2019 despite stricter scrutiny

By Bill at October 30, 2019 23:25
Filed Under: Immigration News
The US has approved a higher number of H-1B applications(both for initial visas and visa extension for continued employment) in 2019, showing that the demand for these work visas continues to be strong.While in 2015, about 288,000 applications were approved by USCIS, for fiscal year 2019, the number passed 389,0000, up from last year's 335,000.USCIS statistics from fiscal year 2015 - 2019, check page 3 for H-1B summary dataThe above data also shows that USCIS continued scrutiny of H-1B applicati... [More]

Autumn is the best season for job hunting

By Bill at October 03, 2019 21:45
Filed Under: Immigration News, Tips and Features
In the US, recruiting and hiring is year round. However, the busiest hiring season is the fall(Labor Day through Thanksgiving). Job seekers who make contact right at the start of these cycles have the best chance of being hired! In September, decision makers are back from summer vacation. Hiring managers push for an increase to take advantage of remaining budget for the year. If they don't hire before January, they might lose the allocated funds for new employees. CEOs also try to reduce opera... [More]

Employers filed over 550K LCA in 9 months, but who really use them?

By Bill at September 26, 2019 05:57
Filed Under: Immigration News
We have published all labor applications(LCA) filed by U.S. employers during the first 9 months of fiscal year 2019 through our legacy database system. From October 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019, Department of Labor processed 552,336 LCA for H-1B visa jobs: 5,199 were denied, 16,379 were withdrawn. As we reported on last newsletter, the Labor Department has begun publishing the names of companies where H-1B holders are working, even if they're employed by another company that provides staffing or ... [More]

DOL released confidential employer information for the first time

By Bill at August 21, 2019 16:59
Filed Under: Immigration News, Tips and Features
Information technology staffing and consulting companies are heavy users of the H-1B visa program, but the names of companies where they place those foreign workers have always been confidential. Not any more! The Labor Department, for the first time, has begun publishing the names of companies where H-1B holders are working, even if they're employed by another company that provides staffing or consulting services. For example, we can learn from following LCA link that Deloitte Consulting LLP... [More]

U.S. unemployment rate at half-century low

By Bill at July 06, 2019 17:53
Filed Under: Immigration News
The U.S. economy added 224,000 jobs in June, surging past expectations and helping ease fears about the nation's economic health amid President Trump's trade war. The unemployment rate inched up to 3.7 percent, remains near a half-century low. The rate increased because more Americans entered the labor force, meaning they found a job or are actively searching for one again. Many companies say they are struggling to find enough workers to fill all their job openings as the unemployment rate has... [More]

Unemployed Rates by occupation and sex June 2019

By Bill at July 06, 2019 15:43
Filed Under: Immigration News
Unemployed persons by occupation and sex[Numbers in thousands] OccupationTotal unemployedUnemployment rates June2018June2019TotalMenWomen June2018June2019June2018June2019June2018June2019 Total, 16 years and over(1) 6,812 6,292 4.2 3.8 4.1 3.7 4.2 4.0   Management, professional, and related occupations 1,575 1,540 2.5 2.4 2.2 1.8 2.8 2.9 Management, business, and financial operations occupations 536 519 2.1 1.9 2.1 1.6 ... [More]

New E-Verify Database Published

By Bill at June 17, 2019 13:59
Filed Under: Immigration News
We have just obtained from USCIS the lastest version of E-Verify employer database, which contains nearly 600,000 U.S. companies with 5 or more employees. Since the database contains new information like hiring states or industry, we enhanced the E-Verify employer search interface as well. It is very important that you use following link to find out if your potential sponsors are verifed. http://www.myvisajobs.com/E-Verify.aspx E-Verify is a United States Department of Homeland Security (DH... [More]

New immigration plan to focus on high-skilled workers

By Bill at May 29, 2019 23:46
Filed Under: Immigration News
On May 16, President Trump announced an immigration proposal that would favor admissions based on merit rather than family ties, thus dramatically reshape the legal immigration system in the United States. The proposal would judge immigrants with a points-based system that would favor high-skilled workers -- accounting for age, English proficiency, education and whether the applicant has a well-paying job offer. Currently, only about 12% of immigrants are admitted based on employment and skill... [More]

US sponsors submitted over 400K labor petitions for H1-B jobs in 6 months

By Bill at May 29, 2019 23:34
Filed Under: Immigration News
We have just published all labor petitions filed by U.S. employers during the first six months of fiscal year 2019 through our legacy database system. It includes all the LCA filed by employers for FY2019 cap subject H-1B petitions. From October 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019, Department of Labor made decisions on 412,424 labor condition applications for H-1B visa jobs: 4,082 were denied, 32,898 were withdrawn.   10/1/14-3/31/2015 10/1/15-3/31/2016 10/1/2016-3/31/2017 10/1/2017-3/... [More]