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Department of Labor Releases Interesting PERM Statistics

The Department of Labor has recently released Permanent Labor Certification Program (PERM) statistics from fiscal year 2014. PERM certification verifies to USCIS that there are no available U.S. workers for a U.S. job position. To learn more about PERM certification, please click here. Here are some of the most noteworthy statistics:
• For the Fiscal Year 2014, 74,936 PERM applications were received by USCIS. This is a 3 percent change from fiscal year 2013.
• 62,633 applications were certified, 4,349 were denied and 4,016 were withdrawn.
• The top five occupations were computer and mathematical with 57 percent; architecture and engineering with 12 percent; management with 8 percent; business and financial operations with 6 percent; and education, training, and library with 5 percent.
• The top five worksites were California with 24 percent, Texas with 10 percent, New York with 8 percent, and New Jersey and Washington each with 7 percent of applications.
• The top five industries were professional, scientific and technical services with 44 percent of applications; manufacturing with 16 percent; information with 10 percent; educational services with 7 percent; and finance and insurance with 6 percent.
• The top five visa classifications were H-1B, L-1, blank, F-1 and TN.
• The top five countries of citizenship were India with 56 percent, China with 7 percent, Canada with 5 percent, South Korea with 4 percent and the Philippines with 2 percent.
• As for the processing status of PERM applications, 60 percent of applications received analyst review, 30 percent received audit reviews, 9 percent were appealed and 1 percent involved sponsorship.
For more 2014 fiscal year PERM statistics, please visit the DOL website at http://Users/davidlewis/Sites/berardi/app/
Berardi Immigration Law offers comprehensive services for the employment-based Green Card process, including conducting every step of the PERM process on the employer’s behalf. If you are interested in sponsoring your employee for a Green Card, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys.