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2017 Employment-Based Green Card Statistics

A foreign national may obtain an employment-based green card if the beneficiary has a valid job offer from a U.S. employer. A green card is a highly sought-after immigration benefit as it allows a foreign national the opportunity to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. Nonimmigrant employment-based visas, such as H-1B, TN or L-1 for example, only allow for temporary work authorization in the United States. 

Each year, hundreds of thousands of individuals apply for employment-based green cards. Below, we will take a closer look at where these individuals are from, the most common job titles, the city where the individual is employed and their current status.

Top Ten Countries of Citizenship & Number of Green Card Petitions
1. India with 68,798
2. China with 10,846
3. South Korea with 10,082
4. Canada with 4,361
5. Mexico with 2,686
6. Philippines with 2,911
7. United Kingdom with 1,514
8. Taiwan with 1,225
9. Vietnam with 1,253
10. Pakistan with 1,215

Top Ten Job Titles
1. Software Developers, Applications
2. Computer Systems Analysts
3. Software Developers, Systems Software
4. Electronics Engineers, Except Computer
5. Computer and Information Systems Managers
6. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
7. Accountants and Auditors
8. Mechanical Engineers
9. Marketing Managers
10. Statisticians

Top Ten Current Statuses Held & Number of Green Card Petitions
1. H-1B with 89,907
2. L-1 with 7,871
3. F-1 with 6,451
4. Not in USA with 4,674
5. TN with 1,648
6. E-2 with 1,545
7. B-2 with 1,099
8. EWI with 460
9. F-2 with 387
10. J-1 with 386

Top Ten Employment Cities
1. New York, NY
2. College Station, TX
3. Redmond, WA
4. San Francisco, CA
5. San Jose, CA
6. Mountain View, CA
7. Houston, TX
8. Plano, TX
9. Seattle, WA
10. Sunnyvale, CA

If you are interested in applying for an employment-based green card or have questions about this category, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys today!