THESE COUNTRIES HAD THE MOST DV-2022 GREEN CARD LOTTERY WINNERS
The US State Department has published its August 2021 Visa Bulletin which reveals how many people born in each eligible country were randomly selected as winners of this year’s DV-2022 Green Card Lottery. According to the Visa Bulletin, there were 7,336,302 main applicants who participated in the DV-2022 Green Card Lottery (a total of 13,191,296 when main applicants and their family members are included), with around 119,021 winners selected from six geographic regions. The 119,021 winners who were randomly selected in this year’s DV-Lottery, along with their families, will now have the opportunity to apply for the 55,000 Diversity Visas and US Permanent Resident Green Cards authorized to be issued through the Diversity Visa program. The top 10 eligible countries with the most DV-2022 winners are: Egypt (6,005), Algeria (6,001), Russia (6,001), Sudan (6,001), Uzbekistan (6,001), Iran (5,739), Ukraine (4,949), Morocco (4,138), Nepal (3,802) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (3,347). Some of the other eligible countries that had many DV-Lottery winners this year include: Afghanistan (3,410), Ghana (3,145), Ethiopia (2,988), Kenya (2,882), Albania (2,756), Cameroon (2,656), Turkey (2,526), Tajikistan (2,122), Armenia (2,066), Kyrgyzstan (1,993), Kazakhstan (1,978), Belarus (1,808), Venezuela (1,800), Georgia (1,604), Liberia (1,417), Yemen (1,561), Iraq (1,512), Togo (1,119), Cambodia (1,094) and Australia (1,031). Examples of additional eligible countries that had a substantial number of DV-2022 winners include: Rwanda (983), Cuba (975), Fiji (950), Saudi Arabia (944), Azerbaijan (919), Jordan (917), Angola (855), Sri Lanka (838), Moldova (798), Turkmenistan (745), Benin (735), Uganda (722), Cote D’Ivoire/Ivory Coast (597), Taiwan (574), Myanmar/Burma (561), Germany (526), and South Africa (497). The next step for the DV-2022 Green Card Lottery winners is to file the online DS-260 Immigrant Visa Electronic Application with the US State Department’s Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), so that the Consular Interview can be scheduled. The DV-2022 winners and their family members who complete the consular process successfully will be granted a Diversity Immigrant Visa and US Permanent Resident Green Card to live, study and work in the USA long-term. To read more about this year’s DV-2022 winners (see Section G Diversity Visa Lottery Results), click here!
HELP WANTED TO FILL ONE MILLION US JOBS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
A surge in the construction of new homes and people making home improvements across America has resulted in a severe shortage of construction workers in the United States. It is predicted that workers will be needed to fill 430,000 construction jobs in the USA this year and that an additional one million US jobs in the the construction industry will need to be filled during the next two year to meet the soaring demand. The shortage of construction workers in the United States does not seem to be associated with the pay, because construction workers tend to earn high wages. Rather, the US population is aging and thousands of construction workers are retiring, yet, not enough young people are training for construction jobs in the United States to replace the retiring workers and to fill new US jobs that are being created in the construction industry. To read more, click here!
PRESIDENT BIDEN WELCOMES NEW US CITIZENS AT THE WHITE HOUSE
An extra special US citizenship ceremony was held on July 2, 2021, for 21 newly-naturalized American citizens at The White House. These US Green Card holders were fortunate to have their naturalization ceremony just in time to celebrate Independence Day (the 4th of July holiday) as brand new American citizens. President Joseph Biden welcomed the happy immigrants in the East Room of The White House, declaring, “It’s the dreams of immigrants like you that build America and continue to inject new energy, new vitality and new strength.” The Oath of American Citizenship was administered by the head of the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), Tracy Renaud. Also attending the American citizenship ceremony was Alejandro Mayorkas, the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS), who is himself the son of immigrants. The DHS chief told the 21 immigrants after they received their American citizenship, “Our country is also better today because its identity and its fabric as a nation of immigrants is stronger because of you,” A US Green Card holder has the opportunity to apply to become an American citizen after living in the USA for five years and satisfying other eligibility requirements. When Joe Biden became President of the United States earlier this year, he promised to seek a US immigration policy that is more compassionate and better organized than was the case with the previous president. To read more, click here!
THE FASTEST GROWING JOBS IN THE USA ARE IN THE STEM FIELD
US jobs in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field are the fastest growing jobs in America. Examples of high-demand STEM occupations include actuaries, cloud computing professionals, critical care nurses, epidemiologists, software developers, among many others. Since 2000, three times the amount of STEM jobs in the USA have been created than non-STEM occupations. According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) forecast, around 531,200 new US jobs in the STEM sector will be generated between 2019 and 2029. Computer and information jobs in America are predicted to increase by 11% during the 2019-2029 time frame, which is faster than the average for jobs in the US overall. A key challenge facing employers, however, is there are not enough qualified STEM professionals to fill all of these new US job openings. For example, there were approximately 2.4 million unfilled STEM jobs in the USA during 2018, due to a shortage of qualified professionals. To read more, click here!
US JOB SEEKERS HAVE AN ADVANTAGE DUE TO WORKER SHORTAGE
The economic principle of “supply and demand” can be seen at work in America as the high demand for employees and the low supply of workers is giving US job seekers an advantage over employers. Now that the world’s largest economy is bouncing back from the pandemic disruptions, employers are facing a challenge trying to hire workers to fill open jobs in the United States. As a result, US job seekers may have an advantage when negotiating with employers for pay. Many employers are offering higher wages and other benefits, such as flexible work schedules, in order to fill US job vacancies or to retain their current employees. In some cases, employers are relaxing their education criteria for certain jobs in the US (for example, not requiring a university degree if the worker has the necessary skills and experience). To read more, click here!
WORKERS CAN CHOOSE FROM A RECORD 9.3 MILLION OPEN JOBS IN AMERICA
There are currently a record 9.3 million US job openings available to workers, according to the US Department of Labor’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) report released in early June 2021. This breaks the previous record of 8.3 million US job vacancies reported by the Department of Labor last month. Days earlier, the Labor Department announced that 559,000 US jobs were created in May and the unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 percent, yet, millions of workers are still needed in America’s booming labor market. The JOLTS report also revealed that 3.95 million people who were working in the USA quit their jobs, which is considered an indicator of confidence Americans have that they can find another job in the US. To read more, click here!
MAY 2021 US JOBS REPORT SAYS 559,000 MORE AMERICANS ARE WORKING
On June 4, 2021, the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that 559,000 more people were working in the USA during May. The BLS also reported that the unemployment rate in the US dropped to 5.8 percent, which is the lowest since the start of the global pandemic. Economists generally consider 5.0 percent unemployment to be “full employment”. Speaking about the new US jobs report, President Joseph Biden declared, “That means we have now created over 2 million jobs in total since I took office, more jobs than have ever been created in the first four months of any presidency in modern history, triple the rate of my predecessor, eight times the rate of President Reagan.” President Biden also said, “No other major economy is gaining jobs as quickly as ours” and gave credit to people living in the USA wearing masks and getting vaccinated, which has allowed more American businesses to open up and hire workers to meet consumer demand. As the economy continues its rapid recovery, employers are facing a shortage of workers to fill a range of jobs in the USA. This current labor shortage is expected to increase as the world’s largest economy expands, creating new jobs in America, and as more “baby boomer” workers retire this decade. To read more, click here!
NIGERIAN BOY BECOMES NATIONAL CHESS MASTER AFTER MOVING TO AMERICA
A 10-year-old former refugee from Nigeria has become a national chess master after moving to America. In 2017, young Tani and his family were able to relocate to the USA as refugees and they settled in New York City where the boy joined the chess program at his school. He started defeating other young chess players all across New York and went on to win the chess championship for New York state, which gained him international acclaim. Two years later, Tani has become a national chess master for the United States after winning over 2200 victories over his opponents. His proud father, Adewumi, says his son hopes to become the world’s youngest chess grand master. This US immigration success story doesn’t stop here. Adewumi and his family struggled with finding stable housing after moving to the US as refugees and they were temporarily in a New York homeless shelter. An American journalist who is known worldwide wrote an article about young Tani and before long, this Nigerian immigrant family received $254,000 in donations to their GoFundMe account. Today, they are living in a nice home in Port Jefferson , New York. Not only that, Adewumi and his family have established a foundation to raise money to help other children who are in similar situations. A book about Tani has also been published and a movie about his inspiring US immigration experience could be made in the near future. Tani’s family hopes that his story will inspire refugees around the globe to “keep hope alive.” To read more, click here!
EMPLOYERS OFFER HIGHER WAGES TO FILL JOBS IN THE USA
The United States is experiencing a major labor shortage and this is forcing employers to increase wages at the fastest rate in 25 years in order to fill US job vacancies. According to the US Department of Labor’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) report released in early May 2021, there are more than 8 million jobs in the USA available to job-seekers. This is the most US job vacancies since December 2000. Employers in various business sectors are trying to attract new workers by significantly increasing wages. For example, one of the world’s largest banks raised its minimum hourly wage from $20 per hour to $25 per hour and an international sporting goods store is increasing the hourly wage paid to its employees from $10 per hour to $15 per hour. One of the largest fast-food restaurants in the world has also announced that its 36,500 employees who are working in the USA will get a 10% pay raise. A chief economist at Moody’s Analytics said that US wage growth during the first three months of 2021 is the highest since the 1990s. The Credit Suisse chief equity strategist declared that employers are increasing pay “everywhere” – in finance, manufacturing, retail and other business sectors. To read more, click here!
LATEST CENSUS DATA INDICATES US IMMIGRATION NEEDS TO INCREASE
Data from the 2020 Census suggests that US immigration needs to increase substantially in order to sustain economic growth in the United States by compensating for a declining birth rate and an aging workforce. According to the information gathered for the US Census, the population of the United States grew by only 7.4% from 2010 to 2020; a slow rate of growth not seen since the 1930s. This is something that American leaders should be concerned about, because there is a consensus among economists that economic growth in prosperous countries is driven by an increasing population. This situation is compounded by the declining birth rate in the US and the country’s aging workforce. The solution is to increase the number of babies being born in the United States or significantly increase US immigration. Encouraging people to have more children might make a small impact, but the most effective way to boost the population and expand the workforce is by increasing US immigration levels. The average age of individuals who immigrate to the United States is 31, which is a prime working age. Furthermore, immigrants start more businesses and create more jobs in the USA than people who are born in the United States. Some experts have recommended raising net immigration to the United States by a minimum of 37% or by an additional 370,000 Green Card holders per year in order to replace retiring workers and fill new jobs in the USA. To read more, click here!
STRONG GDP GROWTH IN 1ST QUARTER SIGNALS GOOD YEAR FOR US ECONOMY
The US economy is off to a good start in 2021, with GDP growing at an annualized rate of 6.4% during the first three months of the year. With a majority of American consumers feeling confident about economic conditions in the United States and starting to spend the $4.1 trillion they saved during the pandemic lockdowns, the US economy is expected to enjoy its best year of growth since 1951, according to some analysts. The US economy is forecast to grow at an incredible annualized rate of 13% during the second quarter of 2021 (April, May and June) and have an overall GDP growth rate of around 7.5% for the year. Americans were purchasing cars and other goods in the first three months of the year, but strong spending on services is expected to sustain healthy economic growth during 2021 and into 2022 as more people dine in restaurants and travel. The economic expansion during the first three months of 2021 was boosted by the $600 and $1400 stimulus checks that most Americans received from the US Government. Consumers took that extra money and bought cars, appliances, furniture and other goods. To read more, click here!
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR REPORTS 917,000 US JOBS CREATED IN MARCH
On April 2, 2021, the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that 917,000 new jobs in the USA were added to the economy during March 2021, dropping the country’s unemployment rate down to 6 percent. The BLS also increased its US jobs estimates for the previous two months, reporting that 233,000 people found work in America during January and 468,000 US jobs were filled in February. The hospitality and leisure sector created 280,000 jobs in the USA during March; restaurants and bars hired 176,000 employees; and the construction industry added 110,000 workers. Approximately three million people living in the US are being vaccinated each day and this is allowing more sectors of the economy to re-open, making it necessary for employers to hire thousands of workers to meet the growing demand. The world’s largest economy is expected to get a big boost this year from the $1.9 trillion stimulus package recently passed by Congress and signed into law by President Biden. The massive infrastructure program which President Biden has separately proposed to Congress will also produce thousands of new jobs in America. To read more, click here!
GOLDMAN SACHS PREDICTS US EMPLOYMENT WILL SOAR DURING 2021
In March 2021, Goldman Sachs predicted that there will be strong hiring in the United States during 2021 and that the unemployment rate in the US is likely to drop from the current 6.2% to just 4.1% or even lower by the end of the year. Both Goldman Sachs and US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen also expect that US employment will return to pre-pandemic levels before 2022 comes to an end. Some of the reasons given for this optimistic US employment forecast include the ongoing reopening of the US economy, increased savings accumulated by Americans during the lockdowns, a strong desire by consumers to spend, along with the enormous fiscal stimulus recently passed by Congress. According to the Conference Board’s Labor Markets Institute, the present trend indicates that the US unemployment rate will fall “well below” 5% by the close of this year. To read more, click here!
WOMEN WORKING IN US ECONOMIC POLICY POSITIONS REFLECT INCLUSIVENESS
President Joe Biden’s appointments of women to top economic policy positions in the US government has broken barriers and further demonstrated the inclusiveness promoted by the new administration. History was already made when the former US Senator from California, Kamala Harris, became the first women, first Black and first Asian Vice-President of the United States. Vice-President Harris is also the daughter of immigrants, her mother immigrating to the US from India and her father from Jamaica. President Biden’s Cabinet is also four times more diverse than former President Trump’s Cabinet. In order to help the world’s largest economy expand faster and create more jobs in America, President Biden appointed several accomplished women to senior economic policy positions in the US government. This is yet another indicator of President Biden’s support for inclusiveness in America, since women have not been represented in economics as mush as men. For example, Janet Yellen is the first women in 232 years to become Secretary of the Treasury. The White House Council of Economic Advisers is being led by Cecilia Rouse, who is the first Black leader of The Council in the 75 years it has existed. The new Chief Economist at the US Department of Labor is Janelle Jones, the first Black women to hold this high position. Joelle Gamble is the Special Assistant to The President for Economic Policy. These and other highly qualified women who are now formulating US economic policy are known for seeking an economy that benefits more Americans, including women, Blacks, Hispanics and the working class generally. They will be helping to decide how the US government spends trillions of dollars that have been approved as part of the America Rescue Plan. To read more, click here!
HELP WANTED: WORKERS NEEDED FOR ONE MILLION COMPUTER JOBS IN THE USA
There are over one million advertisements posted for information technology jobs in the USA, but not enough workers to fill them all. Despite the economic disruptions cause by Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns, the unemployment rate for computer professionals in the United States was a very low 2.3% as of February 2021, which is actually lower than than in January 2020 (3.0 percent) before the start of the pandemic. During the time period of February 8, 2021, to March 7, 2021, there were 378,197 US job postings for software developers or software quality assurance analysts and testers; 101,737 US job vacancies for computer systems analysts; 101,153 advertisements for network and computer system administrators; 67,995 information security analysts needed; job openings for 61,621 computer and information systems managers; 37,058 US job ads for electrical engineers; 26,241 roles available for computer programmers; and 21,767 computer and information research scientist jobs in the USA advertised; plus thousands of other US job opportunities available in the IT sector. Unfortunately, there are not enough H-1B temporary US work visas issued each year to bring in a sufficient number of skilled foreign workers to help fill all of these US job openings in various computer occupations. Another way for skilled foreign workers and their families to work in the USA legally is to be granted a US Permanent Resident Green Card through the Green Card Lottery Program. To read more, click here!
RESEARCH SUGGEST US IMMIGRATION SHOULD BE INCREASED FURTHER
New research from the National Immigration Forum supports President Biden’s efforts to increase US immigration levels. Some of the reasons given for boosting US immigration levels include a rapidly-aging American population; growing numbers of “baby boomer” generation workers retiring from the labor force; rising life expectancy; falling fertility rates; and shortages of workers for US jobs in information technology, healthcare, agriculture and other industries. According to the report, “Immigrants are well-positioned to fill critical shortages, whether in the labor market or the country’s demographic composition.” Recent research from the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) also supports raising US immigration levels, because of the positive impact immigrants have on the economy and the creation of new jobs in America. An economics professor in Florida, who was previously an economist at the Federal Reserve in Atlanta, has stated that US immigration is strongly associated with growing employment in the United States in metro and rural counties. Immigrants are especially beneficial to rural areas of the US where the population has been declining as more residents move to the cities. Immigrants can help rural populations to grow or stabilize and they fill jobs that allow local businesses to expand. To read more, click here!
NEW AMERICAN PRESIDENT TAKES MEASURES IN SUPPORT OF US IMMIGRATION
The new President of the United States, Joseph Biden, has taken several measures in support of US immigration during his first days and weeks in The White House. On his first day in office, President Biden signed an Executive Order that cancelled former President Trump’s travel ban for individuals from several mostly-Muslim majority countries. The new US president also signed an Executive Order on February 24, 2021, which ended former President Trump’s temporary suspension on issuing new Green Cards which he had ordered because of the economic disruptions caused by the global pandemic. Trump’s Green Card suspension was originally set to expire on December 31, 2020, but the former president extended it until March 31, 2021. When President Biden ended the Green Card suspension, he said that Trump’s policy restricting US immigration did not serve the interests of the United States and that American businesses need talent from around the world. Another indicator of President Biden’s support for US immigration is his proposal contained in the new Immigration Reform Bill he sent to Congress to increase the number of Diversity Visas and Green Cards authorized to be issued each year from 55,000 to 80,000. The Immigration Reform Bill will, of course, have to be passed into law before the proposed increase in Diversity Visas can occur. Now that the Democrats, who tend to be more supportive of immigration and immigrants, control both houses of Congress and The White House, there is a good chance that positive US immigration reform can take place in the near future. To read more, click here!
FIVE-HUNDRED BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO US GREEN CARD HOLDERS
When an immigrant becomes a Permanent Resident of the United States through the US Green Card Lottery, one of the many benefits they enjoy is the opportunity to open their own business in America. Although many entrepreneurs start a new business completely from scratch, another way to become a business owner in the USA is to purchase a franchise business. An advantage of buying a franchise business, rather than starting a business on your own from scratch, is that a franchise business is already established and has a track record for its performance which can be reviewed. Other advantages of franchises are that they often come with support from the corporate office, they have brand name recognition, and much of the marketing is done (and paid for) by the corporate headquarters. If you are interested in purchasing a franchise business after you immigrate to the US, then you may want to read Entrepreneur magazine’s ranking of 500 top franchise businesses, which it published on January 19, 2021. In their 2021 ranking, you can read a summary about each franchise; find out how much it costs to purchase the franchise; learn about potential financing options; read about training and support; and other useful information. To read more about the top 500 franchise business opportunities in the US, click here!
THE BEST JOBS IN AMERICA FOR 2021 AND HOW MUCH THEY PAY
The New Year of 2021 is here and with it comes new opportunities for US employment and a higher standard of living in America following the challenges of the previous year. Joseph Biden will become the new president of the United States on January 20, 2021, and he is expected to promote a more positive message and agenda for America, including favorable US immigration policies. More people are working in the USA as the world’s largest economy continues to bounce back from the disruptions caused by the global pandemic. Millions of people living in America are being vaccinated against the novel coronavirus and there is hope for a much better year and future. Whether you are living in the USA and want to start a new career or you are preparing for immigration to the United States and want to find work in America, there is a brand new report that you won’t want to miss. On January 11, 2021, US News & World Report published its ranking of the best jobs in America for 2021. This extensive report has a lot a useful information about various types of jobs in the USA, including details about the occupation, its median yearly salary, the educational requirements, and how to find US employment in that career. Furthermore, for each of the top occupations listed, there is a section where you can view and apply for current US job openings! Of course, you must have a legal right to work in America, such as possessing a US Green Card or a temporary work visa. According to the report, the best construction jobs in the USA and their median annual salaries include #1 construction manager ($95,260), #2 plumber ($55,160, and #3 electrician ($56,180) among others. The top engineering jobs in America and their median yearly salaries include #1 mechanical engineer ($88,430), #2 cartographer ($65,470), and #3 petroleum engineer ($137,720) to name a few. The best US jobs in sales and marketing along with their median salaries per year are #1 marketing manager ($136,850), #2 insurance sales agent ($50,940), and #3 sales manager ($126,640) and more. The leading careers in the USA for the technology sector and their yearly salaries include #1 software developer ($107,510), #2 data scientist ($94,280), and #3 IT manager ($146,360) as well as other US jobs in this key sector. To read about more top jobs in the USA, click here!
THESE SOFT SKILLS OPEN THE DOOR TO US JOB OPPORTUNITIES
American employers are looking for workers who possess not only ‘hard skills’ such as experience using computers or operating machines, but they also seek employees with certain ‘soft skills’ that contribute to success in any career field. Three of the best soft skills to have are problem-solving abilities, integrity and kindness, as well as “going the extra mile” by achieving more than what is expected of you. If you don’t possess one or more of these US job skills, the good news is that they can be developed over time. Problem-solving skills require an individual to be self-sufficient, and yet, know when it’s time to ask for help. Being able to compromise and manage conflict effectively are also crucial in problem-solving. Everyone desires and deserves respect in the workplace, whether they are fellow employees, customers or vendors. Having integrity and showing kindness to others are crucial for social relationships both inside and outside of the workplace. Employees who learn fast and do more than what is expected (“going the extra mile”) will soon be noticed and are more likely to advance in their career than a worker who only does the minimum. To read more, click here!
IMMIGRANTS LIVING IN THE USA SUCCEED DESPITE CHALLENGES
No matter where they come from or what challenges they face, immigrants living in the USA have all of the ingredients necessary for success. Immigrants are strong, resilient, determined individuals who bring new ideas with them when they leave their country of origin and move to America. They overcome obstacles such as language barriers or cultural difference and advance forward to find (or create) opportunities. In fact, when immigrants are confronted with various hurdles that appear to work against them, they figure out unique ways to jump over those hurdles to achieve the American Dream. Did you know that immigrants living in the USA are twice as likely to start a business as people born in the United States. After moving to America from Germany, an immigrant named Levi Strauss settled in New York City for a while and then traveled to San Francisco where he helped to found the famous blue jean company that bears his name. Elon Musk grew up in South Africa and was an international student in Canada before relocating to the USA , graduating university and founding SpaceX. Another immigrant, Eric Yuan, tried for years to get a visa to the US, but he didn’t give up and was ultimately successful in moving to America where he established Zoom, which has given him a net worth estimated at more than $20 billion USD. These are only three examples of immigrants who had the drive to succeed in the land of opportunity and if they can make in America, anyone can! To read more, click here!
MANY AMERICAN NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS ARE IMMIGRANTS
When people immigrate to the United States, they not only receive many benefits, but they also give back to their new country. Immigrants start businesses that create new jobs in the USA; they stimulate innovation with their fresh perspectives; immigrants become some of America’s top leaders in government, academia, business, sports, entertainment and other fields; and they make new discoveries that expand knowledge and enhance society. One of many examples that could be given of the significant contributions that immigrants make to America and to the world is in science and medicine. For example, immigrants living in the USA account for around 15% of the country’s population, yet, they have received a disproportionate amount of the Nobel Prizes awarded to Americans for chemistry, physics and medicine. From 1901 to 2020, 35% of Nobel Prizes given to Americans for chemistry, physics and medicine were awarded to immigrants living in the United States. Since 1901, immigrants have been honored with 35% of the Nobel Prizes awarded to Americans for chemistry, 36% for physics and 33% for medicine. When the Nobel Prize winners were announced in October 2020, foreign-born Americans were once again among those honored. After moving to America from Germany, Reinhard Genzel became a professor of astronomy and physics at the University of California at Berkeley. In 2020, Professor Genzel shared the Nobel Prize for Physics with American-born Professor Andrea Ghez of UCLA and British Professor Roger Penrose of Oxford University for their research related to black holes. To read more, click here!
GREEN CARD HOLDERS BECOME AMERICAN CITIZENS
On June 17, 2020, a special, albeit unique, ceremony was held in Detroit, Michigan, were dozens of Green Card holders took the oath to become an American citizen – without even leaving their cars! Immigrants living in the USA are still becoming American citizens despite the COVID-19 pandemic, however, US immigration judges and other officials have needed to be creative in planning ceremonies that incorporate social distancing and other safety measures. Since the federal courthouse in downtown Detroit was temporarily closed as a precaution, the American citizenship ceremony was held by “drive-thru” in the court’s parking garage. Dozens of Green Card holders from Albania, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, India, Iran, Lithuania, Mexico and Ukraine drove themselves and their family members to a certain location in the courthouse parking garage, all wearing protective masks, rolled down their window, raised their hand, and the US immigration judge, wearing a face shield, administered the oath to become an American citizen. Although having a drive-thru ceremony was not exactly how these immigrants had envisioned receiving their US citizenship, they were, nonetheless, very happy to become American citizens and now have all of the rights and benefits that naturalized US citizens are entitled to. For example, some of the newly naturalized American citizens said they look forward to voting in the November 2020 presidential election. Similar drive-thru American citizenship ceremonies have also been held in Phoenix, San Diego and other US cities so that Green Card holders who have been living in the USA at least five years and satisfied all of the criteria can receive their US citizenship, while at the same time avoid large gatherings of people as would normally occur at such events. To read more, click here!
US ECONOMY BEGINS 2020 BY ADDING 225,000 NEW JOBS
The United States began the New Year of 2020 with very good economic news, as the Department of Labor reported that 225,000 US jobs were created during January 2020. America’s growing economy also started the New Year with an extremely low unemployment rate of just 3.6% (the lowest in five decades), according to Labor Department data. Furthermore, the average hourly wage for people working in the USA increased by a healthy 3.1% between January 2019 and January 2020. Strong economic growth has been producing new jobs in America for a record 112 months in a row (the longest economic expansion in US history) and this is expected to continue in the months ahead. More than 10 full years of US job creation, however, has resulted in a shortage of workers across the country in various business sectors, including highly-skilled workers and also low-skilled workers. To read more, click here!
SURVEY OF 20,000 EXPATS FINDS BEST CITIES TO WORK IN AMERICA
Results of the 2019 InterNations Expat Insider Survey has found that the best city to live and work in America is Miami, Florida. Over 20,000 expat workers were surveyed in 187 countries and the 82 top cities in the world were identified where foreign workers were the most satisfied. The survey discovered that 75% of expats feel at home living in Miami and 70% think the locals are friendly. Houston (Texas) was rated by expats as the #2 best city to live and work in the USA, followed by #3 Chicago (Illinois), #4 Boston (Massachusetts), #5 New York City (New York), #6 Los Angeles (California), and #7 San Francisco (California). To read more, click here!
STORIES ABOUT US IMMIGRATION THAT YOU MAY FIND INSPIRING
The United States is a land of opportunity for immigrants from around the world. Immigrants living in the USA not only enjoy the freedom to pursue the American Dream as they define it, but immigrants also make valuable contributions to society that help to make the United States the greatest country on Earth. For example, an immigrant from Pakistan opened a successful restaurant in Washington, DC, after moving to America and he has been contributing to society by feeding any poor or homeless person who requests his help (he gave away 16,000 free meals in 2018). A Kurdish immigrant from Turkey had the opportunity to relocate to the US and has since opened seven popular pizza restaurants in New York. This generous immigrant entrepreneur has been distributing food and clothing to those in need and is referred to with affection as the “pizza guy” by homeless people he has helped. Inspiring stories about US immigration are not limited only to newcomers. A national Gallup poll conducted in June 2019 found that 76% of the people living in the USA think that US immigration is good for the country. This overwhelming support for US immigration is demonstrated by a woman in Arizona who has provided immigrants with food and shelter in her own home. To read more, click here!
THREE REASONS IMMIGRANTS FLOURISH AS ENTREPRENEURS
A young man from Uzbekistan had the opportunity to move to America as an international student in 2003, improve his English language skills, work at various jobs in the USA and go on to launch his own successful business that in 2019 has $20 million in revenue and 200,000 customers. He believes that his immigrant background is the secret to his success as an entrepreneur who is living the American Dream. The three reasons that he says immigrants living in the USA flourish as entrepreneurs is because they have developed patience and resilience on their journey; they are frugal with their finances; and they have an understanding of different cultures which can help them access international markets. To read more, click here!
THE BEST PLACES TO FIND WORK IN THE US TECHNOLOGY SECTOR
According to a report published by the Brookings Institution think-tank on December 9, 2019, the majority of all US job growth in the innovation and technology sector is taking place in just five major metropolitan areas. During the past 14 years, 90% of US job creation in the high-tech field has taken place in the San Francisco Bay, San Jose, San Diego, Seattle and Boston metro areas. Since jobs in the US technology sector tend to have high salaries, there has also been increased prosperity in these five metro areas. Consequently, skilled foreign professionals who want to find work in the US technology field may want to search for employment in one of these top innovation hubs. To read more, click here!
US CITIZENSHIP GRANTED TO 93 IMMIGRANTS FROM 34 COUNTRIES
Family and friends of 93 US Permanent Resident Green Card holders gathered near Chicago on December 2, 2019, to watch them take the Oath of Allegiance to become an American citizen. The immigrants had moved to the United States from 34 countries on five continents and after living in the USA at least five years and completing other criteria, they had been granted American citizenship. The ceremony was held at a high school auditorium and dozens of government and American history students from the school turned out to observe the event. The head of the high school’s social studies department was also in attendance and declared, “I really wanted our students to see that citizenship in this country isn’t tied to religion or race or ethnicity or even country of origin; that there really is a place for people from all across the world, from all different walks of life and that makes up an American citizen rather than the color of your skin, religion or ethnicity.” A supervisor with the US immigration agency said to the new American citizens, “Thank you for choosing to come to the United States, for bringing your hopes and dreams, your hard work and creative energy, your new ideas and perspectives.” He also told the 93 naturalized US citizens, “The country does long recognize that new immigrants are our life blood, constantly revitalizing America and helping to build and make us into the great nation we are today.” One of the immigrants to be granted American citizenship exclaimed, “This is my dream to be a US citizen and now the dream has come true.” To read more, click here!
IMMIGRANT FROM INDIA BECOMES CEO OF US TECHNOLOGY GIANT
On December 3, 2019, an immigrant from India, who grew up without much access to a computer, the Internet or even a telephone, was named the CEO of one of the largest technology companies in the world. Sundar Pichai, who was already serving as the CEO of Google, was appointed CEO of Alphabet, which is the parent company of Google, after Sergey Brin and Larry Page decided to allow someone else to run the global technology giant. Sundar Pichai did not own a computer until after moving to the USA to attend Stanford University in California on a scholarship. After he earned his Master’s Degree in Engineering at Stanford, he went on to receive an MBA at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School and was hired by Google in 2004. He was asked if he thought the American Dream is still alive and this US immigration success story replied that the United States continues to be a “land of opportunity.” Sergey Brin is another US immigration success story who, after moving to America from the former Soviet Union with his parents when he was 6-years-old, also found opportunities in the USA made available through a university education. To read more, click here!
HIGH-PAYING US JOBS IN THE BLUE COLLAR SECTOR
When people think of good-paying jobs in the USA, careers requiring a university degree often come to mind, however, a recent report shows that many “blue collar” jobs also have high salaries. An analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics identified 30 US jobs in the blue-collar sector that have median salaries above $58,000 per year. Many of these top-paying working class occupations are in the energy industry or law enforcement field. For example, there are 6,280 nuclear power plant operators working in the USA who earn a median annual salary of $94,350, while America’s 33,920 non-nuclear power plant operators make a median salary of $79,610 per year. The 103,450 criminal investigators and police detectives in the US receive a median yearly income of $81,920, while the 661,330 patrol officers working for police and sheriff departments across the country earn a median salary of $61,380 annually. The United States has 131,690 aircraft mechanics and they get paid a median yearly salary of $62,920. To read more, click here!
PRACTICAL TIPS FOR STARTING A BUSINESS IN AMERICA
It can be challenging to start a business, particularly if you are a new immigrant living in America. Nonetheless, immigrants or their children have founded 45% of all Fortune 500 companies and created thousands of jobs in the USA. Famous examples include Amazon, Apple, Google and Tesla – among many others. Of course, many immigrants establish smaller family businesses in America as well, such as local restaurants, markets and specialty shops. A successful immigrant entrepreneur from Russia has shared seven tips for new immigrants living in the USA who want to launch their own startup companies. She recommends that immigrant entrepreneurs: think big; constantly promote themselves; seek a local adviser; feel free to ask for help; conduct their own research; focus on the advantages they have; and be bold, courageous and persistent. To read more, click here!
RANKING OF AMERICA’S BEST HOSPITALS FOR 2019-2020
On July 30, 2019, US News & World Report published its ranking of the best hospitals in the United States for 2019-2020. People who live in America have access to some of the most advanced medical care in the world. In fact, thousands of individuals from other countries travel to the US each year to receive cutting-edge treatments and quality healthcare. Although hospitals in the United States generally provide a high level of care, some hospitals are better than others for overall healthcare and certain hospitals offer the very best treatments for particular medical conditions (e.g., cancer, diabetes, heart disease, etc.) or patient populations (e.g., pediatrics, geriatrics, etc.). US News & World Report evaluated almost every hospital across the country according to various measures and ranked the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota) as the best hospital in America. Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston came in 2nd place, followed by #3 Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. The Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio) placed 4th in the country. To read more, click here!
TOP 10 STATES TO START A BUSINESS IN THE USA
People who live in the USA, whether American citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents, have the opportunity to open their own business. In fact, many of the world’s largest companies have been started by immigrants living in America. Entrepreneurs often face a variety of challenges when they launch a new business, however, there are some states where the conditions are more conducive to success. For example, a new study published in July 2019 ranked all 50 states according to 26 factors that are considered favorable for entrepreneurs and scored each state on a scale of 0-100. Texas was ranked the best state to live in the USA for entrepreneurs in 2019. The other top 10 states for startups according to the assessment are: #2 Utah, #3 Georgia, #4 North Dakota, #5 Oklahoma, #6 Florida, #7 Arizona, #8 California, #9 Montana, and #10 Colorado. To read more, click here!
HABITS & VALUES OF IMMIGRANTS PROMOTE SUCCESS
Each wave of immigration to the United States has brought with it newcomers who possess the strong desire to create a better life. Their determination to succeed and hard work in America have brought great benefits to both the immigrants and their new country which they have helped to build. Much of the success enjoyed by immigrants living in America can be attributed to their habits and values, which have allowed many of them to become prosperous entrepreneurs without getting deep into debt. Between 1996 and 2016, immigrants living in the US started businesses at a higher rate than individuals born in the United States. Statistics also reveal that immigrants or the children of immigrants started 40% of all Fortune 500 companies in America. A common habit that many immigrant entrepreneurs share is a reluctance to take out large loans in order to start their own business. Instead, they work hard, save their money, and then launch a small business that grows and prospers, due in large part to the habits and values they brought with them to America. To read the full article, click here!
IMMIGRANT BECOMES AMERICAN CITIZEN AT AGE 103
An immigrant living in the US state of Florida received her American citizenship in a special ceremony held in Miami on June 14, 2019. This was an extra special occasion for this immigrant from Haiti, since she was able to become an American citizen during the Flag Day national holiday and because she is 103-years-old! After living in the USA with a Permanent Resident Green Card for more than 15 years, she decided it was time to take the next step and become a US citizen. Her family and friends who attended the naturalization ceremony said they were overjoyed about this accomplishment. This is a reminder to immigrants of all ages that a person is never too old to experience the American Dream! To read more, click here!
IMMIGRANT WOMEN WHO MADE MILLIONS IN AMERICA
America is known as a land of opportunity, where an immigrant can arrive with few resources and go “from rags to riches” through determination and hard work. According to Forbes, many of the most successful women living in the USA are immigrants who made millions after moving to America. One woman from Barbados immigrated to the United States and launched a successful music and fashion career, which has earned her a net worth of $600 million. Another woman relocated to the US from Romania and initially worked at a beauty salon, but quit that job three years later to open her own company. Today, her cosmetics firm is worth more than $3 billion and this immigrant entrepreneur has a net worth of $1.2 billion. After a South Korean couple immigrated to the United States, the wife found employment as a hairdresser, while her husband worked at three different jobs. They managed to save up $11,000 to open a small clothing store and now have a thriving business with more than 815 stores and a yearly revenue of $3.5 billion. The wife’s net worth is estimated at $1.5 billion. Forbes reports that several of the richest women living in the USA are immigrants from countries such as Barbados, Canada, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Morocco, Myanmar, Romania, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. To read the full article, click here!
MORE PEOPLE LIVING IN AMERICA SHOW GENEROSITY
The United States is one of the most generous countries on Earth, not only in terms of the billions of dollars in humanitarian aid provided annually by the US government to help people around the world, but also as measured by the generosity of millions of individual Americans. In fact, a report released in June 2019 reveals that there has been a significant increase in the generosity expressed by individuals living in the USA during the past year. A US Census Bureau survey of approximately 100,000 adults living in the USA found that 30.3% of adults living in America volunteered their time at least once in a 12 month period to help others, which was a 6% increase compared with one year earlier. It was also reported that 77.4 million people living in the USA volunteered 6.9 billion hours worth about $167 billion USD in 2017. People living in the US state of Utah had the highest percentage of volunteers, women volunteered at slightly higher rates than men, and “Generation X” was the biggest age group for volunteers. Some of the top volunteer activities in the USA include fundraising, collecting and distributing food and clothing, mentoring youth, and tutoring. To read more, click here!
RESEARCH CENTER PUBLISHES US IMMIGRATION FACTS
On June 3, 2019, the US-based Pew Research Center published a report that examines immigrants living in the USA. The research and charts in the report show data about US immigration over different periods of time. One of the interactive graphs displays the rates of immigration to the United States, from the 2.2 million foreign-born residents in 1850 to the 44.4 million immigrants living in the US in 2017. The report reveals that in 2017, 72.2% of immigrants had been living in the USA for at least 10 years, while 27.8% had been in the United States less than a decade. In 2017, 13.7% of the US population was foreign-born and an additional 12.0% were born in the USA with at least one immigrant parent. Facts about educational attainment showed that 17.8% of immigrant have a Bachelor’s Degree, while another 13.4% possess a graduate degree (2017). Where immigrants are arriving from, the various age ranges, top languages spoken, and other facts are also provided in the report. To read the full article, click here!
BEST CITIES TO LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES FOR 2019
When you immigrate to the United States, you will need to find a place to stay, but deciding on the best city for you and your family to live in the USA can be a challenge. US News & World Report evaluated cities all across America based on different indexes which included the job market, housing affordability, quality of life, desirability, and net migration. The 125 best cities to live in America during 2019 include each city’s overall ranking and information about the population (including the average age), unemployment rate, average yearly salary, median home price, median rent per month, average temperatures, average rainfall each year, and the average worker commute time. To read the full article, click here!
MANY OF THE WORLD’S TOP UNIVERSITIES ARE IN THE USA
Institutions of higher education in the United States are rated among the very best in the world, according to global university rankings. People who live in the USA (whether they are American citizens, US permanent residents, or international students) have the opportunity to receive a world-class higher education, which can open the door to excellent career options. According to the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the United States has seven of the top 10 best universities in the world. Furthermore, 17 of the world’s 25 highest rated universities for 2019 are located in the USA, along with 24 of the top 50, and 40 of the 100 best institutions of higher education. To read more, click here!
POPULAR PLACES FOR US EMPLOYMENT DURING 2019
With 7.6 million vacant jobs in the USA available for workers in 2019, now is a great time to be seeking employment in the United States. Whether you are currently working in America or considering future US job opportunities, you may find this recent ranking of the top employers in the United States for 2019 helpful. Some of the most attractive places to work in the USA for 2019 according to US job seekers are in the technology, accounting, communications, entertainment, and banking business sectors. To read the full article, click here!
THE HEALTHIEST PLACES TO LIVE IN AMERICA
US News & World Report has released its 2019 ranking of the healthiest places to live in the USA, which used 81 factors to measure health and wellness in communities across America. More than 3,000 counties throughout the United States were assessed according to healthiness factors such as: health of the population, equity, economy, education, environment, food and nutrition, housing, public safety, infrastructure, and community vitality. The report says that the five healthiest places to live in America for 2019 are: #1 Douglas County, Colorado; #2 Los Alamos County, New Mexico; #3 Falls Church City, Virginia; #4 Loudoun County, Virginia; and #5 Broomfield County, Colorado. To read the full article, click here!
MORE THAN 304,000 US JOBS FILLED IN JANUARY 2019
The Labor Department reported that the American economy achieved an impressive milestone in January 2019 by producing new jobs in the USA for 100 consecutive months, including the 304,000 US jobs filled during the first month of the New Year! Additionally, Department of Labor data revealed that the rate of unemployment in January 2019 was only 4 percent in the United States. The shortage of people available to work in America helped to boost the average private sector hourly wage by 3.2 percent during the previous 12 months to $27.56 an hour. To read the full article, click here!
US JOBS WITH THE HIGHEST SALARIES
Immigrants planning on living and working in the USA may want to review the ranking of the highest paying jobs in America which was released by US News and World Report in January 2019. There is an overall rating for each of the US jobs listed plus a score for factors such as work-life balance, future growth projected, US job market, stress level, and median salary. Information is also provided regarding the number of jobs in the USA for each occupation, rate of US employment for each profession, and other details. Many of the highest paying jobs in America for 2019 are in the healthcare field and technology sector, but there are also top-paying US jobs in business, engineering and a range of other professions. To read the full article, click here!
ADDITIONAL 2.6 MILLION PEOPLE WORKING IN AMERICA
An additional 2.6 million Americans were working in the USA throughout 2018, according to the US Labor Department’s end-of-the-year report published on January 4, 2019. The economy produced an average of 223,000 jobs in the USA each month during 2018 and the unemployment rate plunged to 3.7 percent in September 2018 which was the lowest level since men were walking on the Moon in 1969! To read the full article, click here!
NON-ENGLISH LANGUAGES IN THE USA RISING RAPIDLY
Do you know what the fastest-growing non-English language is in the United States today? According to US Census data for 2010-2017 analyzed by the Center for Immigration Studies, Telugu has the most rapid rate of growth of any non-English language spoken in the USA. This may be initially surprising, until you consider that India is one of the top countries of origin for immigrants relocating to the United States. In fact, several languages commonly spoken on the Indian sub-continent are among the fastest-growing non-English languages in America. The rest of the top 10 non-English languages that are increasing at the quickest pace in the United States are Bengali, Tamil, Arabic, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Chinese, Gujarati and Haitian. Of course, Spanish is the most commonly spoken non-English language in the USA, used by over 40 million individuals living in America. This reflects sustained immigration to the United States from people originating in Mexico, Central America and various countries in South America. The other most frequently used non-English languages spoken in the US include Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Arabic, French, Russian, German, and Haitian. Although English is the most commonly spoken language in the United States, it should be noted that the US does not have an “official” language. To read the full article, click here!
EXPERIENCE QUALITY LIVING IN US CITIES!
If you and your family want to enjoy a high standard of living in the USA, you should think about moving to Austin, Texas! Big cities across the United States with a population of at least 300,000 were recently evaluated for overall quality of life and Austin came in 1st place, due in part to the city’s booming technology sector, very low unemployment rate, many new start-up companies, excellent employment opportunities, and high job growth forecast between 2017 and 2022. Families living in Austin also earn an average annual salary of $87,380 which helps to make the relatively low median house price of $326,562 quite affordable. Furthermore, Austin offers something for everyone, including great places to dine and many live music events throughout the year. To read the full article, click here!
MANY OF THE RICHEST PEOPLE LIVING IN AMERICA ARE IMMIGRANTS
More than 10% of the richest individuals living in the USA during 2018 are immigrants, according to the most recent listing of the Forbes 400. Taken together, the 43 foreign-born billionaires who made it on the 2018 Forbes 400 list are worth a total of $289 billion. These US immigration “success stories” moved to the United States from 20 countries around the globe which included: Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Pakistan, Romania, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, and UK. Many of the biggest businesses in the USA were founded or co-founded by immigrants living in America. To read the full article, click here!
OPENNESS TOWARD IMMIGRANTS IMPORTANT TO MOST AMERICANS
On October 9, 2018, the US-based Pew Research Center released the results of a nationwide poll of 1,754 American adults which discovered that a majority (68 percent) of people living in the United States think “openness” toward immigrants is “essential” for the country. The survey was conducted in September 2018 by the respected research center which studies the attitudes of people living in America and examines other key issues of national interest. According to this poll, a majority of various demographic groups living in the USA (including liberals, moderates, conservatives, young and older adults) think that it is crucial to the character of the country to be open toward immigrants. To read the full article, click here!
THERE ARE NOW 44.5 MILLION IMMIGRANTS LIVING IN AMERICA
The foreign-born population of the United States has now reached 44.5 million, accounting for 13.7 percent of all people living in the USA (as of 2017), according to an analysis of US Census Bureau data. This is the largest foreign-born population to live in America in more than a century! Since 2010, 80% of new immigrants relocating to the United States came from Asia and Latin America; however, half of the immigrants currently living in the United States are from Latin America, while 31% are originally from Asia. To read the full article, click here!
WHERE TO LIVE IN THE US TO EARN THE MOST MONEY
Utah is the top state to live in the USA for median household income, according to an assessment by the financial website WalletHub. People living in Utah earn a median yearly salary of $64,725, they are the most satisfied with their careers, and they work the least amount of hours. The #2 best state to live in the United States for the highest median income ($64,725 annually) is Virginia, which is followed by #3 Minnesota ($63,407 median yearly income), 4th place Wyoming ($61,865 per year median income), and fifth-ranked Colorado with an annual median salary of $61,114. To read the full article, click here!
RANKING OF AMERICA’S BEST PUBLIC & PRIVATE SCHOOLS
The Niche website has released its fifth annual ranking of the best public and private schools in the America for 2018-2019, which could be a useful tool for parents. This study examined 10,758 public school districts across the United States and rated 83,542 public schools, as well as 3,903 private schools. To read the full article, click here!
THESE STATES ARE TOP PLACES TO LIVE IN THE USA
Immigrants relocating to the United States naturally want to live in US states that have a high standard of living. A report released by CNBC in July 2018 evaluated each of the 50 states based upon a variety of quality of life measures and rated Vermont as the best place to live in America for quality of life. Among some of the factors that placed Vermont in the Number One spot are its clean environment, the good health of its population, very low violent crime rate, and the state’s anti-discrimination laws to protect all residents of diverse backgrounds. Overall, Vermont received the grade of A+ for its quality of life in 2018, according to this evaluation. Other top states with a high standard of living in the USA include #2 Hawaii, #3 Minnesota, #4 North Dakota, with New Hampshire and Washington tied for fifth place. To read the full article, click here!