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Green Card Report: Top Work Cities

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RankWork CityGreen Card PetitionsAverage Salary
1New York, NY6,317$158,242
2Seattle, WA6,031$156,879
3Mountain View, CA3,394$196,598
4San Francisco, CA3,208$174,073
5Redmond, WA2,278$148,078
6San Jose, CA1,984$164,344
7Austin, TX1,919$138,523
8Chicago, IL1,893$127,201
9Santa Clara, CA1,742$174,191
10Houston, TX1,691$85,071
11Menlo Park, CA1,625$177,064
12Sunnyvale, CA1,507$174,733
13Cupertino, CA1,296$185,423
14Richardson, TX1,246$108,957
15Dallas, TX1,202$117,771
16Irving, TX1,199$106,402
17College Station, TX1,114$79,902
18Atlanta, GA1,101$110,128
19Pendergrass, GA1,012$27,115
20Hillsboro, OR948$155,488
21Boston, MA882$137,529
22San Diego, CA859$120,754
23Palo Alto, CA853$175,443
24Charlotte, NC809$104,374
25Los Angeles, CA799$99,142
26Miami, FL776$67,835
27Plano, TX753$120,208
28Edison, NJ716$116,284
29Alpharetta, GA685$108,896
30Tampa, FL601$117,844
30Thomasville, GA601$24,296
32Sunrise, FL555$55,839
33Irvine, CA542$119,490
34Bellevue, WA521$155,921
35Kirkland, WA473$191,595
36Cambridge, MA464$142,151
37Herndon, VA459$122,608
38Armonk, NY436$141,632
39East Brunswick, NJ431$127,397
40Jersey City, NJ408$137,061
40Cincinnati, OH408$62,181
42Princeton, NJ406$116,328
43Troy, MI402$98,175
44Pleasanton, CA399$164,277
45Minneapolis, MN367$112,455
46Philadelphia, PA364$99,199
47Fremont, CA361$145,060
48Orlando, FL360$54,411
49Piscataway, NJ358$116,202
50Plainsboro, NJ354$97,616

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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 Cities who have filed the largest numbers of permanent labor certifications under PERM in fiscal year 2021. 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 The number includes certified, withdrawn, denied and certified but withdrawn certifications.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 2021, 6,317 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were New York, NY. The average salary of those 6,317 permanent labor certifications was $158,242. 6,031 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were Seattle, WA. The average salary of those 6,031 permanent labor certifications was $156,879. 3,394 permanent labor certifications filed under PERM to National Processing Centers for Green Card were Mountain View, CA. The average salary of those 3,394 permanent labor certifications was $196,598.