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Employers filed 30% more labor petitions for H-1B Visa

By Bill at June 16, 2022 22:26
Filed Under: Immigration News

We have published all labor petitions filed during the first six months of fiscal year 2022 through the upgraded LCA system.

From October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022, Department of Labor made decisions on 275,657 labor condition applications for H-1B visa jobs, a 30% increase of the same period last year.

  10/2017-3/2018 10/2018-3/2019 10/2019-3/2020 10/2020-3/2021 10/2021-3/2022
Total LCA 410,605 412,424 272,089 213,481 275,657
Certified 377,492 375,444 257,283 199,971 253,927
Denied 5,388 4,082 1,914 1,175 1,218
Withdrawn 27,725 32,898 12,892 12,335 20,512



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

H-1B workers among highest paid in US

By Bill at April 14, 2022 03:32
Filed Under: Immigration News

According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the median wage for H-1B worker in 2021 was about $108,000, while the median wage of all US workers in 2021 was about $45,000 and the top 10% workers earn a wage of $102,000.

H-1B wages have surged above the 90th percentile for the first time since DHS has reported H-1B wages in 2003. From 2003 to 2021, the nominal median H-1B wage grew 52%, while the nominal median for all US workers grew just 39%. read full report

"If H-1B employers could just pay whatever they want - as opponents claim - these increases would not be happening," David Bier, a research fellow at US think tank Cato Institute, said. For more information about H-1B salary, please visit myvisajobs annual H-1B Visa Reports.

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

H-1B Wages Surge to the Top 10% of All Wages in the US

By Bill at April 14, 2022 01:02
Filed Under: Immigration News
by David Bier, Cato Institute

Opponents of the H‑1B visa often claim that H‑1B employers “pay low wages.” This has never been true, but the latest wage data prove how ridiculous this claim is. H‑1B workers are highly paid: their wages are in the 90th percentile of all wages in the United States, meaning that they have wages in the top 10 percent of U.S. wage earners. H‑1B workers are not low wage or “cheap” workers in any honest assessment of the meaning of those words.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced last week that the median wage for all U.S. workers in 2021 was $45,760 and that the 90th percentile for all U.S. wages was $102,810. Meanwhile, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the median wage for H‑1B worker in 2021 was about $108,000—above the 90th percentile and well over double the median wage for all U.S. workers. The majority of H‑1B workers are making more than all but about 8 percent of U.S. workers.

Figure 1 shows how H‑1B wages have surged above the 90th percentile for the first time since DHS has reported H‑1B wages in 2003. It also shows that H‑1B wage growth has exceeded the growth for all U.S. workers. From 2003 to 2021, the nominal median H‑1B wage grew 52 percent, while the nominal median for all U.S. workers grew just 39 percent. If H‑1B employers could just pay whatever they want—as opponents claim—these increases would not be happening.

DHS held its annual lottery last week to allocate the 85,000 cap‐​subject H‑1B temporary work visas for high skilled foreign workers. The exact number of entrants is not clear, but once again, demand for H‑1B workers far exceeded the cap. In 2021, employers submitted more than 300,000 registrations. The wage data show that the U.S. government is turning away billions of dollars in production, decreasing tax revenue and harming U.S. competitiveness. There is no reason to impose an arbitrary limit on H‑1B visas. The numbers should reflect the demand for workers.

Of course, the H‑1B program has its problems. H‑1B workers should be able to receive promotions, change jobs, and start businesses without onerous government restrictions. DHS should automatically send them green cards shortly after their arrival without needing to undergo yet another bureaucratic and expensive effort that is often delayed by ridiculously low and outdated caps, both overall and on immigrants from specific countries.

But in reforming the green card process, Congress should not ignore the massive economic benefits from the H‑1B program—which is the initial on‐​ramp for the vast majority of skilled green card applicants. The latest wage data only further confirm the urgency of raising the H‑1B cap and making hiring foreign workers easier.

Employers filed 55% more petitions during first 3 months of 2022

By Bill at March 09, 2022 02:59
Filed Under: Immigration News

We have published all labor petitions filed during the first three months of fiscal year 2022 through the LCA system for H-1B visa and LC system for green card.

From October 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022, Department of Labor made decisions on 126,608 labor condition applications for H-1B visa jobs, a 57% increase compared with the same period last year(80,622), and 27,791 labor petitions for green card, a 55% increase compared with last year(17,927).

The initial registration period for FY2023 H-1B cap has opened at noon (ET) on March 1st, please read here to know more information.

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

FY 2023 H-1B Cap Initial Registration Period Opens on March 1

By Bill at February 22, 2022 19:47
Filed Under: Immigration News

 

Release Date 
01/28/2022

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that the initial registration period for the fiscal year 2023 H-1B cap will open at noon Eastern on March 1 and run through noon Eastern on March 18, 2022. During this period, prospective petitioners and representatives will be able to complete and submit their registrations using our online H-1B registration system.

USCIS will assign a confirmation number to each registration submitted for the FY 2023 H-1B cap. This number is used solely to track registrations; you cannot use this number to track your case status in Case Status Online.

Prospective H-1B cap-subject petitioners or their representatives are required to use a myUSCIS online account to register each beneficiary electronically for the selection process and pay the associated $10 H-1B registration fee for each registration submitted on behalf of each beneficiary. Prospective petitioners submitting their own registrations (U.S. employers and U.S. agents, collectively known as “registrants”) will use a “registrant” account. Registrants will be able to create new accounts beginning at noon Eastern on Feb. 21.

Representatives may add clients to their accounts at any time, but both representatives and registrants must wait until March 1 to enter beneficiary information and submit the registration with the $10 fee. Prospective petitioners or their representatives will be able to submit registrations for multiple beneficiaries in a single online session. Through the account, they will be able to prepare, edit, and store draft registrations prior to final payment and submission of each registration.

If we receive enough registrations by March 18, we will randomly select registrations and send selection notifications via users’ myUSCIS online accounts. We intend to notify account holders by March 31.

An H-1B cap-subject petition, including a petition for a beneficiary who is eligible for the advanced degree exemption, may only be filed by a petitioner whose registration for the beneficiary named in the H-1B petition was selected in the H-1B registration process.

Department of Labor Denied 2700 LCA for H1-B Visa in Fiscal Year 2021

By Bill at November 16, 2021 04:14
Filed Under: Immigration News

We have published all labor applications filed by U.S. employers during the whole fiscal year 2021 through our online database system.

From October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021, Department of Labor made decisions on 528,902 labor condition applications for H-1B visa jobs, about 9% lower than last year. However, the number of denied cases were also substantially lower. (view detailed report).

  Total LCA Certified Denied Withdrawn
2021 528,902 507,235 2,692 18,975
2020 577,334 558,626 3,983 14,725
2019 664,616 613,745 5,893 44,978
2018 654,360 599,782 8,480 45,951
2017 624,650 568,145 8,480 48,025
2016 647,852 569,646 9,220 21,894
2015 618,810 547,278 10,983 19,472
2014 519504 455,144 11,938 16,069
2013 442,275 38,2951 12,170 11,707



While we are updating employer profiles and preparing annual visa job reports. You can use following links to 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.

Employers filed over 400K petitions for H-1B visa in 9 months

By Bill at August 15, 2021 01:07
Filed Under: Immigration News

We have published all labor petitions filed during the first nine months of fiscal year 2021 through the upgraded LCA system.

From October 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021, Department of Labor made decisions on 405,626 labor condition applications for H-1B visa jobs. The numbers of recent two years were much lower than those of previous years 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.

  Oct 2017-Jun 2018 Oct 2018- Jun 2019 Oct 2019-Jun 2020 Oct 2020-Jun 2021
Total LCA 533,956 548,816 459,989 405,626
Certified 509,477 525,237 455,560 395,849
Denied 7,159 4,082 3,511 2,175
Withdrawn 17,320 16,380 918 7,602



While we are still adding new features to the LCA system, please use following links to 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.

Employers filed over 210K petitions for H-1B visa in 6 months

By Bill at May 11, 2021 02:59
Filed Under: Immigration News
We have published all labor petitions filed during the first six months of fiscal year 2021 through the upgraded LCA system.

From October 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021, Department of Labor made decisions on 213,481 labor condition applications for H-1B visa jobs. The numbers of recent two years were much lower than those of previous years 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.

  10/2017-3/2018 10/2018-3/2019 10/2019-3/2020 10/2020-3/2021
Total LCA 410,605 412,424 272,089 213,481
Certified 377,492 375,444 257,283 199,971
Denied 5,388 4,082 1,914 1,175
Withdrawn 27,725 32,898 12,892 4,280


While we are still adding new features to the LCA system, please use following links to 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.

H-1B Initial Electronic Registration Selection Process Completed

By Bill at April 07, 2021 20:32
Filed Under: Immigration News, Visa Knowledge

USCIS has received enough electronic registrations during the initial registration period to reach the fiscal year (FY) 2022 H-1B numerical allocations (H-1B cap) including the advanced degree exemption (master’s cap). We randomly selected from among the registrations properly submitted to reach the cap. We have notified all prospective petitioners with selected registrations that they are eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition for the beneficiary named in the applicable selected registration.

Registrants’ online accounts will now show one of the following statuses for each registration (that is, for each beneficiary registered):

Submitted: The registration has been submitted and is eligible for selection. If the initial selection process has been completed, this registration remains eligible, unless subsequently invalidated, for selection in any subsequent selections for the fiscal year for which it was submitted.

Selected: Selected to file an H-1B cap petition.

Denied: Multiple registrations were submitted by or on behalf of the same registrant for the same beneficiary. If denied as a duplicate registration, all registrations submitted by or on behalf of the same registrant for this beneficiary for the fiscal year are invalid.

Invalidated-Failed Payment: A registration was submitted but the payment method was declined, not reconciled, or otherwise invalid.

 

FY 2022 H-1B Cap Petitions May Be Filed Starting April 1

H-1B cap-subject petitions for FY 2022, including those petitions eligible for the advanced degree exemption, may be filed with USCIS beginning April 1, 2021, if based on a valid, selected registration.

Only petitioners with selected registrations may file H-1B cap-subject petitions for FY 2022, and only for the beneficiary named in the applicable selected registration notice.

When completing Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, please ensure that the below question is included as Question 5 in Supplement H on page 13. If you have already filled out Form I-129 and this question was not included, you may replace Supplement H in your petition by printing out and completing pages 13 and 14 from the current version of Form I-129 on uscis.gov and including them with your petition. Starting July 1, 2021, we will only accept the 03/10/21 edition of Form I-129. Until then, you can also use the 09/30/20 and 01/27/20 editions.

 

Question 5

An H-1B cap-subject petition must be properly filed at the correct service center and within the filing period indicated on the relevant registration selection notice. The period for filing the H-1B cap-subject petition will be at least 90 days. Online filing is not available for H-1B petitions, so petitioners filing H-1B petitions must do so by paper. Petitioners must include a printed copy of the applicable registration selection notice with the FY 2022 H-1B cap-subject petition.

 

Petitioners filing H-1B cap-subject petitions, including those petitions eligible for the advanced degree exemption, must still establish eligibility for petition approval at the time the petition is filed and through adjudication, based on existing statutory and regulatory requirements. Selection in the registration process does not relieve the petitioner from submitting evidence or otherwise establishing eligibility, as registration only pertains to eligibility to file the H-1B cap-subject petition.

Avoid Common Mistakes with H-1B Electronic Registration

By Bill at March 12, 2021 19:07
Filed Under: Immigration News, Tips and Features

The initial registration period for FY2022 H-1B cap has opened on March 9 and will run through noon (ET) on March 25. During this period, prospective petitioners and representatives will be able to fill out petitioner and beneficiary information and submit their registration.

According to USCIS and attorney feedback, following are the most common reasons for rejections of fiscal year (FY) 2021 H-1B cap subject petitions.

  • Incorrect Start Date: If your selected registration was submitted during the initial registration period of March9 to March 25, you must indicate a start date of October 1, 2021 on your petition.
  • Incorrect Fees: $10 for each registration. Each registration is for a single beneficiary.
  • Incorrect Filing Date:Pay attention to the filing window identified on the selection notice. File your petition as early as possible within the 90-day window.
  • Duplicate Entries:A prospective petitioner may only have one registration submitted per beneficiary per fiscal year.
  • Wrong Type of Account:There are three types of USCIS online accounts:
    1.Applicant/petitioner/requestor account: Individuals use this type of account to prepare and file applications, petitions or other benefit requests. You cannot use this account type to prepare or submit H-1B registrations.
    2.Attorney/representative account: If you are an attorney or accredited representative submitting H-1B registrations on behalf of a prospective petitioner, select this option. You will also be able to submit Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative.
    3.Registrant account: This is the account that a prospective petitioner must create in order participate in the H-1B registration process, regardless of whether the prospective petitioner will be using an attorney or accredited representative to submit the registration.


Important Dates:
March 9: H-1B registration period opens at noon ET.
March 25: H-1B registration period closes at noon ET.
March 31: Date by which USCIS intends to notify selected registrants.
April 1: The earliest date that FY 2022 H-1B cap-subject petitions may be filed.

Selections will take place after the initial registration period closes, so there is no requirement to register on the day the initial registration period opens. For more information about the H-1B program, visit our H-1B Specialty Occupations web page.