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2021 Green Card Report: Top Work City

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RankWork CityGreen Card PetitionsAverage Salary
1New York, NY4,726$138,596
2Seattle, WA2,818$131,512
3San Francisco, CA2,227$153,759
4Mountain View, CA2,118$158,638
5San Jose, CA1,660$140,943
6Chicago, IL1,509$114,945
7Santa Clara, CA1,444$145,436
8Redmond, WA1,174$138,102
9Sunnyvale, CA1,134$145,958
10Houston, TX1,093$87,528
11Menlo Park, CA951$162,017
12Austin, TX914$121,276
13College Station, TX826$83,008
14Dallas, TX735$93,662
15Boston, MA726$122,043
16Los Angeles, CA705$87,202
17San Diego, CA702$106,484
18Atlanta, GA671$105,417
19Cupertino, CA646$169,240
20Edison, NJ605$101,453
21Palo Alto, CA578$156,958
22Miami, FL566$75,178
23Irving, TX548$102,180
24Plano, TX474$106,007
25Jersey City, NJ413$118,491
26Tampa, FL383$115,096
27Troy, MI378$97,075
28Irvine, CA370$105,930
29Charlotte, NC366$112,120
30Hillsboro, OR363$126,835
31El Paso, TX352$39,203
32Bellevue, WA342$137,095
33Alpharetta, GA332$105,319
34Fremont, CA323$128,440
35Princeton, NJ296$113,953
36Richardson, TX287$108,565
37Cambridge, MA277$126,206
37Plainsboro, NJ277$93,102
39Frisco, TX264$102,183
40Washington, DC250$104,570
41Philadelphia, PA244$116,249
42Piscataway, NJ234$105,722
43Phoenix, AZ222$107,867
44Folsom, CA220$124,152
45East Brunswick, NJ216$111,865
46Chandler, AZ214$110,726
47Columbus, OH208$104,781
48Farmington Hills, MI206$91,508
48Orlando, FL206$67,555
50Mclean, VA203$116,324
Note: To obtain employment based green card in United States, most foreign workers will have to go through 3 steps: 1). Permanent Labor Certification(ETA Form 9089), 2). Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker(Form I-140), 3). Adjust of Status to a permanent resident of the United States(Form I485).

The above report lists the top Work City who have filed the largest numbers of permanent labor certifications under PERM in fiscal year 2020. The Green Card Petitions on the report is the number of permanent labor certifications for Green Card filed under PERM. The number includes certified, withdrawn, denied and certified but withdrawn certifications. The Average Salary is the average proffered salary on ETA Form 9089.

A permanent labor certification issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) allows an employer to hire a foreign worker to work permanently in the United States. Once received (if required), the employer then files an Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, Form I-140, with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for the appropriate employment-based preference category.

The Department of Labor must certify to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that 1). there are no qualified Americian workers(U.S. Citizens or permanent residents) able, willing, qualified and available to accept the job at the prevailing wage for that occupation in the area of intended employment, 2) employment of the alien will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed American workers, like U.S. citizents or permanent residents.

Sometimes the green card sponsors did not enter a specific salary on ETA Form 9089, but used a salary range with minimum and maximum salary. Our algorithm uses the middle point of the range to calculate the average salary. Please review the certification details to understand the salary range.

For example, the first three records on this report mean that in fiscal year 2020, 4,726 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were New York, NY. The average salary of those 4,726 permanent labor certifications was $138,596. 2,818 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were Seattle, WA. The average salary of those 2,818 permanent labor certifications was $131,512. 2,227 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were San Francisco, CA. The average salary of those 2,227 permanent labor certifications was $153,759.

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