The ‘American Dream’ is still quite the dream today and seen on a global level, people around the world continue to vie for opportunities to come to the United States. It gets to become an even more aggressive race when the options are getting limited by the day, thanks to stricter immigration laws being set in motion by the US government. Nevertheless, the most popular way to come into the United States is through the professional route and with the related H1B or L1 visas.
In order to get one of these visas the chosen profession should be that which fits the requirements of these visas. The H-1B program, for instance allows companies in the US to temporarily employ foreign workers in occupations that require the theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and a bachelor’s degree or higher in the specific specialty, or its equivalent. The L1 visa allows multinational companies abroad to internally transfer their own employees to the US for a specific task assigned.
However, these visas are not unlimited and given that these come with an annual cap of just 65,000 there aren’t enough H1B visas to go around. And the bigger chance of getting through one of these is if you have the most suitable job that can be lined up against its criteria of being one among the science, technology or engineering streams. A latest statistical data revealed by the Department of Labor outlines the ten most popular job positions with Computer Systems Analyst and Software Developers topping the charts with 22.1% and 15.8% respectively. While Management Analysts with 4.1% and Financial Analysts (1.7%) also appeared in the top-ten list, the lion’s share of over 60% is taken by the technology sector for FY 2017.
The data also revealed that one in every four H1B workers lived in the state of California. California with 23.7% and Texas with 10.2% were among the top states for H1B visa holders to most likely be situated. Other metros like New York, New Jersey and Illinois also featured among the top ten states.
Incidentally, a majority of H-1B visa petitions have been filed by Indians this year followed by China, Canada, and South Korea. Trackitt gives a comprehensive data on H1B visa and categorizes the top states as well as the leading companies that hire potential H1B visa holders sent to the US.