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  1. MAY 2018 VISA BULLETIN: NEWS AND ANALYSIS

    by , 04-12-2018 at 10:06 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    The Department of State has just issued the May 2018 Visa Bulletin. This is the eighth Visa Bulletin of Fiscal Year 2018. This blog post analyzes this month's Visa Bulletin.

    May 2018 Visa Bulletin

    Table A: Final Action Dates -- Applications with these dates may be approved for their Green Card (Permanent Residency card) or Immigrant Visa appointment.


    EB

    Class
    All Other
    CHINA
    INDIA
    MEXICO
    PHIL'PNES
    EB-1
    C
    01JAN12
    01JAN12
    C
    C
    EB-2
    C
    01SEP14
    22DEC08
    C
    C
    EB-3
    C
    01JUN15
    01MAY08
    C

    01JAN17

    Table B: Dates for Filing -- The DOS may work on applications with these dates. But the Visa cannot be approved until the date is current per Table A.


    EB


    Class
    All Other
    CHINA
    INDIA
    MEXICO
    PHIL'PNES
    EB-1
    C
    C
    C
    C
    C
    EB-2
    C
    01FEB15
    01APR09
    C
    C
    EB-3
    C
    01JAN16
    01SEP08
    C

    01JUL17

    MU Law Analysis (all references are to Table A unless noted)

    All Other: The EB-2 has been current for many years. The EB-3 is also current and is expected to remain current for the foreseeable future.

    China (mainland-born): As with all categories this month, the movements were minor or nonexistent. It would not surprise MU if the Chinese numbers stayed steady through the fiscal year. China EB-2 is a better bet to progress than EB-3, although it remains doubtful that EB-2 progresses ahead of EB-3.

    India: India EB-3 had the most promising move of all EB categories, progressing from February to May 2008, which marks two consecutive months of great progress. This likely reflects the fact that many older Indian EB-3s have either dropped out of the system or have upgraded to EB-2. For a long time, MU Law has believed that India EB-3 would move much faster, once India EB-3 moved past 2007.

    Mexico: Mirrors All Other in analysis.

    Philippines: Phils EB-3 stayed steady, which is not surprising considering the enormous progressions of the last few years. The Phils EB-3 number will probably continue to only move slowly, reflecting the large numbers of Philippine RN EB-3 petitions that were filed in 2016-2018.
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  2. WHICH US CITIES ATTRACT H-1B WORKERS?

    by , 04-04-2018 at 10:53 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    The Pew Research Center has a new, fascinating study that shows the destination of H-1B workers. The most surprising result is that the Bay Area attracts fewer H-1B workers than one might expect.

    From the study:

    The San Jose, California, metro area, home of Silicon Valley, trailed the leading metro area on these measures, despite being home to some of the world’s most famous technology companies. The San Jose metro area had 22,200 H-1B approvals from fiscal 2010 to 2016, which amounted to two approvals per 100 workers.

    The average H-1B worker earns $80,600, which is considerably higher than the average college-educated American, who earns $72,376. In many Midwestern cities, it is impossible to make the case that H-1B workers are driving down salaries or that H-1B workers are saturating the supply of workers.


    Metro Area
    H-1B worker per 1,000 US workers
    Avg H-1B Salary
    Indianapolis
    0.640
    $71,700
    Minneapolis
    1.000
    $90,500
    Birmingham
    1.240
    $80,900
    St. Louis
    1.260
    $84,700
    Kansas City
    1.260
    $76,500
    Denver
    1.270
    $91,300
    Cincinnati
    1.370
    $70,200
    Omaha
    1.440
    $90,400
    Oklahoma City
    1.470
    $72,800
    Columbus
    1.760
    $72,500

    In all of these metropolitan areas, there are only 1 or 2 H-1B workers per 1,000 US workers, which is a minuscule percentage of the workforce. As usual, the bluster around the H-1B program pales in comparison to the actual facts.

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  3. THE BLOG IS TWELVE YEARS OLD

    by , 03-27-2018 at 08:17 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    I'm taking a brief time-out from the usual updates on healthcare immigration to note that this blog is now twelve years old! The first blog post was on March 27, 2006 when I was with Hammond Law Group. At that time, very few immigration law blogs existed. The idea of a blog with such a narrow focus seemed a little naive, but thanks to a regular readership the blog has thrived.

    In November 2007 Sam at ILW.com asked if I would like to syndicate my blog through ILW.com, which I immediately agreed to do. Readership doubled. ILW.com has been a leader in immigration law information and a great supporter. ILW.com now houses about a dozen blogs. This one was the second, after Greg Siskind’s blog.

    The blog’s main page at Musillo.com regularly attracts 15,000 monthly page views, sometimes doubling or tripling that number. The current iteration of the blog (since 2009) passed one million page views earlier this month!

    The best part about the blog has been the people that have connected with me through the blog. I've been in Senate staff meetings and had their senior staff tell me that were regular readers. AILA's Annual Conference is always a fun time because there are always a few attendees who read my name tag and tell me that they are regular readers. Readers are always commenting. They are the blog's lifeblood.

    Thanks to all of you for your kind words and input.

    The blog is accessible through a number of channels. I hope that you will keep reading and commenting.


    Main Page: www.musillo.com
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    Subscribe via Email: (right hand side) www.musillo.com
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  4. VISA BULLETIN APRIL 2018: MASSIVE PROGRESSIONS IN INDIA AND PHILIPPINES

    by , 03-13-2018 at 01:07 PM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    The Department of State has just issued the April 2018 Visa Bulletin.
    This is the seventh Visa Bulletin of Fiscal Year 2018. This blog post analyzes this month's Visa Bulletin.


    April 2018 Visa Bulletin

    Table A: Final Action Dates -- Applications with these dates may be approved for their Green Card (Permanent Residency card) or Immigrant Visa appointment.


    EB

    Class
    All Other
    CHINA
    INDIA
    MEXICO
    PHIL'PNES
    EB-1
    C
    C
    C
    C
    C
    EB-2
    C
    01AUG14
    22DEC08
    C
    C
    EB-3
    C
    01JUN15
    01FEB08
    C

    01JAN17

    Table B: Dates for Filing -- The DOS may work on applications with these dates. But the Visa cannot be approved until the date is current per Table A.


    EB


    Class
    All Other
    CHINA
    INDIA
    MEXICO
    PHIL'PNES
    EB-1
    C
    C
    C
    C
    C
    EB-2
    C
    01FEB15
    08FEB09
    C
    C
    EB-3
    C
    01JAN16
    01APR08
    C

    01JUL17


    MU Law Analysis (all references are to Table A unless noted)

    All Other: The EB-2 has been current for many years. The EB-3 is also current and is expected to remain current for the foreseeable future.

    China (mainland-born): Both China EB-2 and EB-3 favorably progressed, each by more than 6 months in Table A. The China EB-3 remains more favorable than Chinese EB-2. The odd situation of China EB-3 progressing faster than China EB-2 will remain to be the case for the foreseeable future.

    India:
    Although EB-2 barely moved, EB-3 leaped ahead one year! This is terrific news for Indian EB-3 cases. While we do not think that another one year movement is in the future, it would not surprise us if the progress holds because (a) the 2007 Visa Gate situation has now passed, and (b) the 2007-12 recession led to a smaller number of green card filings than would have otherwise been filed.

    Mexico: Mirrors All Other in analysis.

    Philippines: While our internal measures indicated last month that we should be optimistic that Phils EB-3 would continue to move forward, we did not expect just how positive the progression would be. Phils EB-3 is now at Jan 2017, which is only a 14 month retrogression. Great news indeed!
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  5. H-1B CAP SUPPLY AND DEMAND V. UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

    by , 03-06-2018 at 08:28 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    In 2009, a mere 9,000 H-1Bs were received in the first month of H-1B processing. It would be 264 days before the H-1B cap was reached. In 2010, it took 300 days until the H-1B cap was reached. In 2011, there were 236 days between the April 1, 2011 cap opening and the November 23, 2011 cap being reached. Not coincidentally, the US employment rate from 2009-2011 ranged between eight and ten percent.

    On the other hand, the H-1B cap was reached on the very first day in 2007, 2008, each year since 2013, mirroring the low unemployment rate.





    The lack of H-1B petition filings in years when the unemployment rate is high is compelling evidence against the argument that internationally-trained workers are being used to displace American workers and lower US workers' salaries.

    Why? Because if H-1B visa labor was being used primarily to lower US workers’ salaries, then H-1B filing numbers would not correlate with US unemployment rates. If anything, the reverse would happen because the incentive to reduce workers’ salaries is likely greater in a recessed economy, not less.

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