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Unemployment rate drops in tech during coronavirus pandemic

By Bill at May 19, 2020 17:59
Filed Under: Immigration News

The unemployment rate for individuals in computer occupations declined from 3% in January 2020 to 2.8% in April 2020. At the same time, the unemployment rate for individuals in all other occupations increased from 4% to 15%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. read full report

Occupation January 2020 April 2020
Computer Occupation 3% 2.8%
All other Occupations 4.1% 15%

Why did professionals in computer occupations fare much better than other workers during the coronavirus pandemic? One reason is the skills used by computer professionals generally can be performed remotely. The skills in computer occupations are in high demand today and likely will be in even higher demand in the future as more work moves online.

In fiscal year 2019, 66% of H-1B beneficiaries were in computer-related occupations. The data raise questions about the Trump administration's ability to use the unemployment rate to justify the new restrictions being considered for H-1B visa holders and international students working on Optional Practical Training (OPT).

So the low unemployment rate in tech is a pretty good news to people still want to live and work in United States.

As of May 13, 2020, there were 625,702 active job vacancy postings advertised online in the previous 30-day period for jobs in the most common computer occupations that generally require a bachelor's degree or higher.

Occupation Active Job Vacancy Postings On 5/13/2020
Software Developer, Applications 258,607
Network and Computer System Administrator 86,953
Computer Systems Analyst 81,460
Information Security Analyst 54,570
Electrical Engineer 33,507
Other IT Occupations 110,605
Total 625,702

2020 LCA Petitions Published through Upgraded LCA System

By Bill at April 24, 2020 22:23
Filed Under: Immigration News
We have published all labor petitions filed during the first six months of fiscal year 2020 through the upgraded LCA system. Our legacy database system is retiring and the new system has significantly expanded the scope of labor data available to our members. Search 2020 LCA Now!

From October 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020, Department of Labor made decisions on 272,089 labor condition applications for H-1B visa jobs. This number is much lower this year due to the new H-1B electronic registration process implemented in March,2020. Employers do no have to file petitions before they receive the lottery winner notice.

  10/14-3/2015 10/1/15-3/31/2016 10/2016-3/2017 10/2017-3/2018 10/2018-3/2019 10/2019-3/2020
Total LCA 382,259 423,006 420,436 410,605 412,424 272,089
Certified 351,962 383,204 381,308 377,492 375,444 257,283
Denied 6,427 5,904 5,512 5,388 4,082 1,914
Withdrawn 23,870 33,898 33,616 27,725 32,898 12,892

While we are still adding new features to the LCA system, please use following links to understand new rules and regulations, search potential job opportunities and pitch employers directly. U.S. employers are always looking for skilled workers, even in holiday seasons. Please polish your resume and update your career profiles regularly.

Not all jobs are created equal!

Registration Selection Notifications

By Bill at February 24, 2020 23:02
Filed Under: Visa Knowledge

USCIS intends to notify registrants and their representatives with selected registrations via their USCIS online accounts no later than March 31, 2020.

A registrant’s USCIS online account will show one of the four following statuses for each registration:

  • Submitted: A registration status may continue to show “Submitted” after the initial selection process has been completed. "Submitted" registrations will remain in consideration for selection until the end of the fiscal year, at which point all registration statuses will be Selected, Not Selected or Denied.
  • Selected: Selected to file an FY 2021 H-1B cap-subject petition.
  • Not Selected: Not selected for this fiscal year.
    • Please note that a registration will not reflect a status of Not Selected until the conclusion of the fiscal year. In the event that USCIS determines that it needs to increase the number of registrations projected to meet the H-1B regular cap or the advanced degree exemption allocation, USCIS will select from registrations held in reserve to meet the H-1B regular cap or advanced degree exemption allocation.
  • Denied: The same registrant or representative submitted more than one registration on the beneficiary’s behalf for the same fiscal year. All registrations the registrant or representative submitted on behalf of the same beneficiary for the same fiscal year are invalid.

H-1B cap-subject beneficiaries, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, must have a “Selected” registration notification in order for a registrant or representative to properly file an H-1B cap-subject petition for FY 2021. Registrants and representatives will not be notified until the end of the fiscal year if they are not selected. The status of registrations not selected as part of any initial random selection process and not denied will remain as “Submitted.”

2020 H1B Visa and Green Card Reports Released

By Bill at January 23, 2020 18:50
Filed Under: Immigration News, the leading employment website for immigrants, has released its 15th Annual H1B Visa and Employment-based Green Card reports, which are based on more than 665,000 Labor Condition Application(LCA) and nearly 103,000 permanent labor certifications.

To help you pitch the employers who are more likely to sponsor you in 2020, we have updated all employers' contact information and added demographic profiles of their foreign workers. Click to see example profile and contact person list.

  1. 2020 Top 100 H1B Visa Sponsor
  2. 2020 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Status: Certified, Denied or Withdrawn
  3. 2020 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Job Title
  4. 2020 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Work State
  5. 2020 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Work City
  6. 2020 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Occupation
  7. 2020 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Industry
  8. 2020 Top 100 Green Card Sponsor
  9. 2020 Top Green Card Sponsors by Status: Certified, Denied or Withdrawn
  10. 2020 Top Green Card Sponsors by Country of Citizenship
  11. 2020 Top Green Card Sponsors by Visa Status
  12. 2020 Top Green Card Sponsors by Job Title
  13. 2020 Top Green Card Sponsors by Work State
  14. 2020 Top Green Card Sponsors by Work City
  15. 2020 Top Green Card Sponsors by Occupation
  16. 2020 Top Green Card Sponsors by Industry
American employers added 266,000 new jobs in November. The unemployment rate fell to 3.5%, matching its lowest level since 1969! Make sure you are ready, polish your resume and update your career profiles now!

We are updating employers' contact information to make our customized visa job solutions more accurate and effective. Try them now!

The number of LCA includes new, renewed, transferred and cap-exempt LCA. Please visit our H-1B Visa section to learn more.

Not all jobs are created equal!

USCIS Formally Announces Implementation of Electronic H-1B Registration Process and the Registration Timeframe

By Bill at January 18, 2020 03:37
Filed Under: Immigration News

On Jan. 9, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a Federal Register notice formally announcing the implementation of the H-1B registration process for fiscal year 2021 H1B cap-subject petitions. This notice is required for the initial implementation of the registration process, as stated in the Jan. 31, 2019, H-1B registration final rule.

USCIS will open an initial registration period from March 1 through March 20, 2020, for the FY 2021 H-1B numerical allocations.  

  • During this timeframe, H-1B cap-subject petitioners, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, seeking to file a FY 2021 H-1B cap petition will be required to first register electronically with USCIS and pay the associated $10 H-1B registration fee for each submission.
  • Prospective petitioners or their authorized representatives must electronically submit a separate registration naming each alien for whom they seek to file an H-1B cap-subject petition. Duplicate registrations are prohibited.
  • As described in the H-1B registration final rule, if more than a sufficient number of registrations are received, we will randomly select the number of registrations projected as needed to reach the FY 2021 H-1B numerical allocations after the initial registration period closes and notify registrants with selected registrations no later than March 31, 2020.
  • Prospective petitioners with selected registrations will be eligible to file a FY 2021 cap-subject petition only for the alien named in the registration and within the filing period indicated on the eligibility notice.

USCIS will not consider a cap-subject H-1B petition to be properly filed unless it is based on a valid, selected registration for the same beneficiary and the appropriate fiscal year, unless the registration requirement is suspended. Additionally, although petitioners can register multiple aliens during a single online submission, a petitioner may only submit one registration per beneficiary in any fiscal year. If a petitioner submits more than one registration per beneficiary in the same fiscal year, all registrations filed by that petitioner relating to that beneficiary for that fiscal year will be considered invalid.

Outreach activities will take place before the opening of the initial registration period to allow users the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the new electronic registration process. We will conduct in-depth webinars and publish a series of videos for attorneys and general users to walk through the system step-by-step.

New H-1B Electronic Registration Process Starts in March‏‎

By Bill at December 13, 2019 23:51
Filed Under: Immigration News

USCIS announced that employers seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions for the fiscal year 2021 cap must first electronically register and pay the associated $10 H-1B registration fee. read full announcement

Under this new process, employers will complete a registration process that requires only basic information about their company and each requested worker. USCIS will open an initial registration period from March 1 through March 20, 2020. The H-1B random selection process will then be run on those electronic registrations.

The winners will then be notified by the USCIS to file the I-129 H-1B cap petitions throughout the FY-2021 cap season. Employers who receive the winner notice from the USCIS will be given "60 days" from the date of winner notices to file the H-1B cap petitions with the USCIS.

The electronic registration process will dramatically streamline processing by reducing paperwork and data exchange, and will provide an overall cost savings to petitioning employers. However, the lottery on registration rather than the petition itself may lead to huge increase in numbers of registrations and further reduce the winning rate.

Anyway, the registration is less than three months away. H-1B season will begin soon, take following action now!

  1. Update Resume and Career Profile
  2. Review H-1B Sponsors by Occupation, Industry and Location
  3. search H-1B Jobs in your occupation


Not all jobs are created equal!

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 data

The above data also shows that USCIS continued scrutiny of H-1B applications. RFEs were sought in 40% of cases from sponsoring employers to justify the visa applications. It is said that the top three reasons for an RFE are
  1. to ascertain whether the job is a speciality occupation to warrant hiring of H-1B worker
  2. to ascertain a bona fide employer-employee relationship
  3. to ascertain the availability of work at third party work site
Top 10 reasons for H-1B RFE-Request for Evidence

It is said that determination of whether a job is specialised or not is a factor that will continue to dominate the processing of H-1B visa application. For more information, please check H-1B knowledge base for more information.

Not all jobs are created equal!

USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process

By Bill at April 26, 2019 14:18
Filed Under: Immigration News

On April 10, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated regular cap and the U.S. advanced degree exemption for fiscal year (FY) 2020. After completing the random selection process for the regular cap, USCIS also determined that it has received a number of petitions projected as sufficient to meet the 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, also known as the master’s cap.

USCIS received 201,011 H-1B petitions during the filing period, which began April 1, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption. USCIS announced on April 5 that it had received enough petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H-1B regular cap of 65,000.

In accordance with the new H-1B regulation, USCIS first conducted the selection process for H-1B cap-subject petitions submitted on behalf of all beneficiaries, including those that may have been eligible for the advanced degree exemption. USCIS then selected a number projected to reach the advanced degree exemption from the remaining eligible petitions. USCIS will reject and return all unselected petitions with their filing fees unless the petition is a prohibited multiple filing (PDF, 119 KB).

USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap. Petitions filed for current H-1B workers who have been counted previously against the cap, and who still retain their cap number, are exempt from the FY 2020 H-1B cap. USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions filed to:

  • Extend the amount of time a current H-1B worker may remain in the United States;
  • Change the terms of employment for current H-1B workers;
  • Allow current H-1B workers to change employers; and
  • Allow current H-1B workers to work concurrently in a second H-1B position.

H-1B Visa Approval and Denial History for Every Employer Released

By Bill at April 13, 2019 01:45
Filed Under: Immigration News, Tips and Features

We have just obtained from USCIS 10 year H-1B Visa approval and denial history(2009-2019) and published on our website. This is the first time U.S. government releases such data.

The database includes nearly 510,000 approvals and 41,000 denial for over 170,000 employers. While we are still analyzing and integrating the data, we believe it is very important for our users to have access to the data right away.

Many employers, including some top visa sponsors had large numbers of H-1B visa denials in recent years. Please use following link to search the data now!

We are working hard on developing more reports and integrate the data into employer profiles. We also will update the data at least once every quarter.  

How to Ensure You Properly File Your H-1B Cap-Subject Petition

By Bill at March 26, 2019 22:17
Filed Under: Tips and Features

USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions that are subject to the FY 2020 cap on April 1, 2019. Please check here to see the new rule that will go into effect on April 1.

It is your responsibility to ensure that Form I-129 is completed accurately and submitted properly. Please follow these steps to ensure your attorney or your employer properly file your H-1B cap-subject petition:

  1. Complete all sections of the Form I-129 petition, including the H Classification Supplement and the H-1B Data Collection and Filing Fee Exemption Supplement.
  2. Make sure each form has an original signature, preferably in black ink. Ensure all signatures comply with Policy Memorandum.
  3. Include signed checks or money orders with the correct fee amount. Please submit separate checks for each fee associated with the filing.
  4. Submit all required documentation and evidence with the petition at the time of filing to ensure timely processing.
  5. Ensure that the Labor Condition Application (LCA) properly corresponds to the position in your petition.
  6. You must file the petition with the correct USCIS service center. Read more on Where to Mail Your H-1B Cap-Subject Petition.

Please also check additional documents required with your petition:

  1. Signed, certified Department of Labor LCA (ETA 9035), copy acceptable.
  2. Evidence of Beneficiary's Educational Background(with English translations when applicable).
  3. A Copy of the H-1B Petition, if the beneficiary will be applying for a nonimmigrant visa abroad

U.S. employers are always looking for skilled workers, even in holiday seasons. Please polish your resume and update your career profiles regularly.