How Do I Use These Maps?
This collection of maps visually represents high-skilled immigration in the United States since 2016. The underlying data represents the total volume of high-skilled immigration applications* and the associated average salaries. This data can be used in any number of ways, including helping companies understand the relative competitiveness of their salaries and emerging areas of foreign talent concentration.
These maps can be utilized by filtering by a specific job category** or by clicking on a specific geographic region. Each map represents the data in a slightly different way—Map 1 shows the total distribution of applications, Map 2 displays the average salary in each market area and Map 3 the relative concentration*** of applications compared to the national average.
*Applications are defined here as Labor Condition Applications (LCAs) to the U.S. Department of Labor that have been certified or denied. The LCA is a form that all employers must file before completing their H-1B petition to establish that the job meets the government’s qualifications as a specialty occupation and the prevailing salary requirements. Not all LCA petitions end up as a submitted H-1B petition.
**Job categories have been consolidated based on the Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system which is used in the LCA. Several SOC categories have been rolled into higher level categorizations to allow for easier usage of this map.
***The relative distribution map has been created by comparing the quantity of LCAs in a given DMA (Designated Market Area) to the total population of that same DMA in order to establish a saturation level, and then comparing that DMA’s saturation to a national average saturation to establish how much any region over or under indexes compared to the rest of the country. This relative indexing data can be further sliced by job category.