On October 12, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has posted new data about employment-based nonimmigrant visas and employment authorization documents on its website [PDF version]. The new data has been posted as a result of directives in President Donald Trump's “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order, which we have written about on site [see article].
First, the USCIS released data on approved L1 intracompany transferee petitions by employer for FY 2015 [PDF version] and FY 2016 [PDF version]. You may learn more about L1 intracompany transferees by seeing our selection of articles on L1 [see category], L1A [see category], and L1B [see category] intracompany transferees.
The USCIS released the list of approved H1B petitions by employer for FY 2015 [PDF version] and FY 2016 [PDF version]. The USCIS also released a PDF discussing the characteristics of H1B workers in FY 2016 [PDF version]. Finally, the USCIS also released a PDF of H1B visa trends for FY 2007 to 2017 [PDF version]. This PDF includes information about the nationalities, age, occupation categories, income, and educational attainment of H1B beneficiaries over this ten year period. To learn more about issues involving H1B visas, please see our full selection of articles on the subject [see category].
Regarding the H2B nonimmigrant visa category, the USCIS released information on the number of petitions and beneficiaries by job code for the special one-time increase in H2B visas for FY 2017 from July 19, 2017 to August 11, 2017 [PDF version]. We discussed the one-time increase in H2B visas for FY 2017 on site [see article].
Finally, the USCIS released statistics on the issuance of employment authorization documents (EADs) from October 1, 2012 to June 29, 2017. The first document details the number of approved EADs by classification and statutory eligibility for this period [PDF version]. The second document displays the number of approved EADs by classification and basis for eligibility for the same period [PDF version].
It is always welcome to see the USCIS make more statistics on nonimmigrant visa programs publicly available. We hope to see the USCIS continue to increase transparency going forward.