This week we have two seminars (Oct 13th and 15th) titled Introduction to Business Immigration. See http://www.immisolver.com/seminars/ for more information and to RSVP.
Read Kathryn N. Karam's latest article in OilPro magazine on considerations for employees in the United States on nonimmigrant visas who are laid off.
Read Kathryn N. Karam's latest publication in OilPro Magazine: As Businesses Expand & Contract, Companies Need To Be Mindful Of Employees On Work Visas
The Office of Foreign Labor Certification released its latest statistics regarding the Permanent Labor Certification (commonly called "PERM" or "Labor Certification") Program for the Fiscal Year 2014. So far, the Department of Labor (DOL) has received 53,325 applications, a 15% increase from last year. Of the 53,325 applications received, 47,257 have been certified, 3,618 denied, and 2,981 withdrawn. Among the certified applications, the top 5 occupation categories were Computer and Mathematical (56%), Architecture and Engineering (12%), Management (8%), Business and Financial Operations (7%), and Education, Training, and Library (5%); the top 5 work site States are California (24%), Texas (10%), New York (8%), New Jersey (7%), and Washington (7%); and the top 5 countries of citizenship are India (56%), China (7%), Canada (5%), South Korea (5%), and Philippines (3%). The vast majority of Beneficiaries of certified Labor Certifications are in H-1B status (83%), with L-1s coming in second at 5%. Finally, it is worth noting that 55% of the certified PERM applications required an Advanced Degree and 38% required a Bachelor’s degree. Only 2% of these applications required less than a Bachelor’s degree. Click here for the full report.
According to a news release on bizjournals.com, President Obama has announced that SelectUSA - a project aimed at attracting multinational companies to set up their businesses in the United States -will have its second summit next year. The goal is to have foreign companies who might choose to open new facilities or establish new operations anywhere to come to the United States to take advantage of a skilled labor force, low energy costs, and relatively simple exporting procedures. According to Jason Furman, chairman of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, these so-called “Globally mobile investments” benefit the U.S. economy by creating jobs with above-average wages. However, these companies often need their executives and specially-trained workers to be able to come to the United States to ensure the proper establishment and operation of the company. In recent months, USCIS has scrutinized the transfer of employees of multinational companies into the United States more than in previous years, leaving many companies without authorization to move key employees and managers into their U.S. offices as needed.