The Department of Labor (DOL) recently posted processing statistics for PERM labor certification applications adjudicated during the 1st quarter of Fiscal Year 2016 which shows a continued shortage of advanced degree professionals to fill high-skilled roles in the United States. According to the statistics published by DOL, 24,013 PERM labor certification applications were approved during the 1st quarter of FY2016 and nearly half of the approved cases were for jobs that required Master’s or higher degree. Of those cases not requiring an advanced degree, the vast majority of the remaining approved applications required at least a Bachelor’s degree. Software Developers and Computer Systems Analysts continued to be the most common occupations approved in the PERM process, with well over 60% of the approved applications falling within these occupational categories. This data sharply contrasts some of the recent political rhetoric about employment-based immigration to the United States, and demonstrates that most employers who employ foreign national workers are in fact seeking highly educated workers for complex technical roles.
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