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USCIS Modifies H-1B Selection Process to Prioritize Wages

By Bill at January 10, 2021 19:41
Filed Under: Immigration News
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Rule Expected to Protect the Economic Interests of American Workers

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced a final rule that will modify the H-1B cap selection process, amend current lottery procedures, and prioritize wages to protect the economic interests of U.S. workers and better ensure the most highly skilled foreign workers benefit from the temporary employment program.

Modifying the H-1B cap selection process will incentivize employers to offer higher salaries, and/or petition for higher-skilled positions, and establish a more certain path for businesses to achieve personnel needs and remain globally competitive.

“The H-1B temporary visa program has been exploited and abused by employers primarily seeking to fill entry-level positions and reduce overall business costs,” said USCIS Deputy Director for Policy Joseph Edlow. “The current H-1B random selection process makes it difficult for businesses to plan their hiring, fails to leverage the program to compete for the best and brightest international workforce, and has predominately resulted in the annual influx of foreign labor placed in low-wage positions at the expense of U.S. workers.”

This effort will only affect H-1B registrations (or petitions, if the registration process is suspended) submitted by prospective petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions. It will be implemented for both the H-1B regular cap and the H-1B advanced degree exemption, but it will not change the order of selection between the two as established by the H-1B registration final rule.

The final rule will be effective 60 days after its publication in the Federal Register. DHS previously published a notice of proposed rulemaking on Nov. 2, 2020, and carefully considered the public comments received before deciding to publish the proposed regulations as a final rule.

H1B Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

By Bill at September 24, 2016 02:02
Filed Under: Immigration News
In August 2016, average hourly earning of all U.S. employees on private nonfarm payrolls was $25.73, which was 61 cents higher than one year ago. But how about the salary levels of those professional occupations qualified for H1B visa?

Based on a national survey of employers of every size, in every state and every industry sector, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics created the 2015 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates. Following table is a summary of H1B related occupations.

H1B Occupation Group Number of Jobs Average Annual Salary
Management 6,936,990 $115,020
Business and financial operations 7,032,560 $73,800
Computer and mathematical 4,005,250 $86,170
Architecture and engineering 2,475,390 $82,980
Life, physical, and social science 1,146,110 $71,220
Education, training, and library 8,542,670 $53,000
Healthcare practitioner and technical 8,021,800  $77,800
click here to view hourly and yearly wages of all occupation groups

If you want to know more about your potential income level in United States, please try these links:
  1. 2016 H1B Visa Report by Occupation
  2. 2016 Green Card Report by Occupation
  3. Prevailing Wage Determination Database for Foreign Workers
  4. 2015 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates by Sub-Occupation
U.S. economy has finally recovered. The employers are desperately looking for skilled foreign workers. It is time for you to update your career profile and pitch potential employers now!

Not all jobs are created equal!

2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates(Occupation Group)

By Bill at September 24, 2016 00:20
Filed Under: Immigration News

Data on occupational employment and wages are collected from employers of every size, in every state, in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, in all industry sectors. These estimates are cross-industry estimates. Self-employed persons are not included in the survey or estimates.


Occupation title EmploymentMedian hourly wageMean hourly wageAnnual mean wage
Management Occupations 6,936,990 $47.38 $55.30 $115,020
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 7,032,560 $31.59 $35.48 $73,800
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 4,005,250 $39.15 $41.43 $86,170
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 2,475,390 $36.96 $39.89 $82,980
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 1,146,110 $29.88 $34.24 $71,220
Community and Social Service Occupations 1,972,140 $20.20 $22.19 $46,160
Legal Occupations 1,062,370 $37.58 $49.74 $103,460
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 8,542,670 $22.70 $25.48 $53,000
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1,843,600 $22.19 $27.39 $56,980
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 8,021,800 $30.10 $37.40 $77,800
Healthcare Support Occupations 3,989,910 $13.00 $14.19 $29,520
Protective Service Occupations 3,351,620 $18.14 $21.45 $44,610
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 12,577,080 $9.41 $10.98 $22,850
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 4,407,050 $11.47 $13.02 $27,080
Personal Care and Service Occupations 4,307,500 $10.50 $12.33 $25,650
Sales and Related Occupations 14,462,120 $12.34 $18.90 $39,320
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 21,846,420 $15.96 $17.47 $36,330
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 454,230 $10.46 $12.67 $26,360
Construction and Extraction Occupations 5,477,820 $20.33 $22.88 $47,580
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 5,374,150 $20.57 $22.11 $45,990
Production Occupations 9,073,290 $15.51 $17.41 $36,220
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 9,536,610 $14.47 $16.90 $35,160