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H1B visa 2017: quota and allocation

By Bill at January 29, 2016 01:15
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USCIS will start accepting cap-subject H-1B visa petitions on April 1, 2016. How many H-1B visa will be available and how will they be allocated this time? Here is a quick summary:
  • Annual Cap: 65,000
  • Advanced Degree Exemption: 20,000
    for those who have obtained a master's or higher degree from U.S. universities.
  • Higher Education and Research Exemption: unlimited
    for those who will work at institutions of higher education or related or affiliated nonprofit entities, nonprofit research organizations or governmental research organizations
  • Guam Exemption: unlimited
    for those who will work in Guam or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Chile and Singapore Treaty Set-aside: unused portion of 6,800
    Every fiscal year, 6,800 H-1B visas are set aside from the annual cap under the terms of the legislation implementing the U.S.-Chile and U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreements. Unused numbers in this pool are made available for H-1B use for the next fiscal year.
Since USCIS is expected to receive more than 200,000 H-1B visa petitions during the first week of April, it will use a lottery system to randomly select the petitions.
  1. USCIS will first sort out multiple or duplicative H-1B petitions filed by one employer for same employee. USCIS will deny those petitions without refunding the filing fees.
  2. USCIS will then sort out U.S. Master's cap petitions from non-U.S. Master's cases and then use a lottery system to randomly select 20,000 winners.
  3. All cases not selected as part of the U.S. Master's lottery will be entered into the bachelor's cap lottery system.
  4. USCIS will reject and return all unselected petitions along with filing fees.
Wow! It is time for you to update your career profile and pitch potential employers now! You can review the just released 2016 edition of H-1B Visa Report, and do your own analysis since all raw data are now available on

Not all jobs are created equal!

2016 H1B Visa and Green Card Reports Released!

By Bill at January 12, 2016 02:12
Filed Under: Immigration News

LOS ANGELES - January, 12 2016:, the leading employment website for immigrants, has released its eleventh Annual H1B Visa and Employment-based Green Card reports. 

During the fiscal year 2015, U.S. employers submitted 618,804 labor condition applications for H-1B visas, and Department of Labor made decisions on 88,994 permanent labor certifications for green cards*

To help you pitch the employers who are more likely to sponsor you in 2016, 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. 2016 Top 100 H1B Visa Sponsor
  2. 2016 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Status: Certified, Denied or Withdrawn
  3. 2016 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Job Title
  4. 2016 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Work State
  5. 2016 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Work City
  6. 2016 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Occupation
  7. 2016 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Industry
  8. 2016 Top 100 Green Card Sponsor
  9. 2016 Top Green Card Sponsors by Status: Certified, Denied or Withdrawn
  10. 2016 Top Green Card Sponsors by Country of Citizenship
  11. 2016 Top Green Card Sponsors by Visa Status
  12. 2016 Top Green Card Sponsors by Job Title
  13. 2016 Top Green Card Sponsors by Work State
  14. 2016 Top Green Card Sponsors by Work City
  15. 2016 Top Green Card Sponsors by Occupation
  16. 2016 Top Green Card Sponsors by Industry

The employers are always looking for skilled workers, make sure you polish your resume and update your career profiles regularly, so you can get your H1B Visa 2017 quota.

We are updating employers' contact information to make Resume Blasting and Smart Apply 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.


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

Department of Labor(DOL) typically certifies more than 3 times the number of foreign work requests than the number of H1B visas issued by USCIS. So there is no one to one relationship between the number of workers certified by the DOL and the number of H1B work visas issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). was founded by immigrants on Sep 2006 as an information portal and job board for U.S. employers and foreign workers. Today, it has become the largest and most trusted employment web site for immigrants seeking employment opportunities in the United States. publishes the details of all labor condition applications and labor certifications quarterly, and releases H1B Visa and Employment Green Card statistics annually. U.S. employers can also post jobs and search candidates on The company’s major services include annual and quarterly Reports for H1B Visas and Green Cards, Customized H1B Visa Solutions, Visa Sponsor Profiles, Resume Services and Smart Apply for job applicants.

Take actions in December to get job offers in spring

By Bill at December 09, 2015 02:26
Filed Under: Tips and Features
December hiring is at low levels in many industries. However, we still strongly encourage you take proactive actions now to apply for new jobs and contact visa sponsors directly. Here are the reasons:
  1. USCIS will start accepting cap-subject H-1B Visa petitions on April 1, 2016 for fiscal year 2017. It is only three and half months away.
  2. Applications tend to slow down during the holiday season more than openings do -- tipping the balance in favor of those who do apply!
  3. Hiring managers and CEOs will typically try to reduce their operating profits by incurring search fees towards the end of each year, to avoid paying taxes. They also do not want to lose the allocated funds for new employees.
  4. Job growth is still very strong. In November, U.S. employers added 211,000 new jobs, and the unemployment rate was still only 5%.
Following are some actions we suggest you take right away: 
  1. Update your contact, skills and resume, so employers can find you and contact you directly.
  2. Be proactive: We are still working on 2016 visa reports. But you can still search 2015 H1B VisaGreen Card, andWage Determination to find potential employers and pitch them directly.
  3. Be informed: Check E-Verify Employer Database and USCIS Employer Blacklist, so you will not become a victim of visa scam. Bookmark those pages, as we update them regularly.
  4. Be smart: Use our Resume Blast Service and Smart Apply Service to save time and target right employers.