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 25 July 2018

US Justice Department released report on cyber-security operations and strategy on foreign actors

  • US Justice Department released a 156-page report regarding the cyber-security operations and strategy on foreign actors that influenced U.S. elections. The report focuses on several kinds of cyber-threats, it also mentions about what the Justice Department and intelligence agencies have done to alleviate the threats.

    The report states the efforts paid to counter negative foreign influence operations towards US, especially influences that are related to elections.

    For task force related to cyber digital, Justice Department plans to better inform the victims of cyber targeting. As FBI and US Attorneys’ officials are spread out across the US, it allows them to inform individuals and companies with ease. Also, New criminal statues are needed to prosecute these crimes. It is necessary to set up criminal statutes for crimes targeting foreign operations and spreading misinformation in the aim of affecting public opinion.





 10 June 2018

US Trade gap fell to a seven-month low record

  • According to Commerce Department’s latest report, due to US export rose to a record high and increase in shipments of industrial materials and soybeans, the US trade deficit in April fell to a seven-month low record.

    Trade gap is the smallest since September 2017, which is narrowed 2.1% to $46.2billion in April 2018. While trade gap in March is $47.2billion.

    In April, exports of goods and services rose 0.3%, exports of industrial supplies and materials also reached record high. At the same time, imports of goods and services, and consumer goods dropped.

    However, economist suggested that, US consumers’ preferences on exotic foreign goods remain unchanged; many US companies also prefer foreign goods in their production of products.

    A senior economist at Wells Fargo Securities in Charlotte suggested that US economy is showing a faster progress in growth in the second quarter, although it is not on a stable footing. Besides, he also suggested that attention should be paid to trade tensions, as it is still a threat to US economy and might derail the growth.



    2018年4月的贸易差距是自2017年9月以来最低的纪录,缩小2.1%至462亿美元。 3月份的贸易差距为472亿美元。




 15 May 2018

US Job Opening Reached Highest Record Since 2000

  • According to the monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey released by the US Labor Department, in March, there is an increase in number of workers quit their jobs voluntarily. This reveals that the confidence in the labor market increases, and is believed that the wage rate can be boosted this year.

    The number of job opening in March hits record high, it is the highest job opening numbers since the data series started in 2000.

    The increase in quit rate can become a upward pressure on wage. Most of the workers who voluntarily quit and change their jobs can receive higher level of wage after change, this shows that there are greater wage growth for workers to switch job.

    Skills mismatch and lack of qualified workers are also causes that lead to growth of job opening. US businesses are trying to employ qualified workers in the market, the labor market is now getting hotter.





 21 April 2018

Increase in H-1B visa Application reveals strong demand for high-skilled foreign talent

  • According to National Foundation for American Policy’s report released in April 2018, compared with FY 2016, there is a significant 78% increase in the number of approved H-1B visa for initial employment in FY 2017. The top H-1B visa workers’ employers in FY 2017 are US technology companies, including Amazon (2,515 new visas), Microsoft (1,479), IBM (1,231)Intel (1,230) and Google (1,213). These technology companies are those that focus on research and development. The statistics also show that there is a strong demand for high-skilled talent in the US economy. Other than these large technology companies, emerging technology companies such as Telsa, Uber and General Motors, may also increase their demand for highly-skilled foreign workers and researchers. However, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services stated that, compared with the high H-1B visa application rate (190,000) in FY2018, the insufficient H-1B visa annual limit (8,500) cannot support the US economy size.

    根据美国国家政策基金会在2018年4月發佈的一項新研究表示, 2017年中獲得H-1B簽證的數量比2016年的數字大幅上升了78%。2017年度申請H-1B簽證的公司主要是美國知名科技公司,當中包括亞馬遜(2,515份申請),微軟(1,479),IBM(1,231),英特爾(1,230)以及谷歌(1,213)。這些都是大量投資於研究及開發的科技公司。研究表示,美國經濟體對於高技能及技術人員的需求仍然高企。另外,除了這些大型科技公司之外,如Telsa,優步(Uber)及通用汽車(General Motors)等新興技術公司對於外來的高技能及技術研究人員的需求亦有上升趨勢。美国公民及移民服务局表示,2018年度接收的H-1B签证申請高達190,000份。但是,H-1B签证的年度申請限额只得8,500份,並不足以支持美国的经济规模。

 4 April 2018

The US Metros with the highest number of H1-B Visa Approvals

  • Lottery for the visas in the H-1B visa program, which is the largest temporary employment visa program highly regarded by the technology industry in the U.S., has already begun this year. Research showed that between 2010 and 2016 the majority of employers joining this temporary employment visa program located along the metropolitan areas on the East Coast and in Texas, with almost 30% in New York City. However, the allocation might be different this year as the Trump Administration tightens the control. The skilled immigrants’ entry and renewals of visas might be more difficult than before, ensuring the high standard of foreign skilled workers’ employment.

 14 March 2018

International Student Reductions

  • US colleges are experiencing a downturn in incoming international students, attributed to a number of prominent changes. The escalating cost of college tuition, lengthened visa period, reduction in F-1 visa approvals are the main factors contributing to the difficult financial situation that some US universities have encountered. Nonetheless, they welcome overseas students with open arms as they add diversity to the classroom and motivate the advancement of science and technology.

    美国大学正在经历国际学生下滑的苦況,归因于一些显着的改变。 大学学费上涨,签证期延长,F-1签证批准减少是造成美国一些大学遇到困难的主要因素。 尽管如此,他们还是敞开怀抱欢迎海外学生,因为海外学生增加了课堂的多样性,并促进了科学技术的进步。

 7 March 2018

Indians prefer applying for US EB-5

  • US EB-5 Investor Visa, known as the “golden visa”, has been gaining popularity over the past few years, owing to its comparatively simple requirements and transparent application process. Despite the fact that the Trump Administration intends to heighten the investment amount per applicant in the regulatory category, the "golden visa” probably remains a favourable migration option for many, attributed to the generous exemption from education or income requirements and an enhanced accessibility to the Green Card. For more details about US EB-5 Investor Visa and securing immigration eligibility , please feel free to contact us.

    由于其相对简单的要求和透明的申请流程,被称为“黄金签证”的美国EB-5投资者签证在过去几年中已经越来越受欢迎。 尽管特朗普主管部门打算提高每个申请人在监管类别中的投资金额,但“黄金签证”可能仍然是许多人的有利移民选择,这归因于对教育或收入要求的慷慨豁免,以及争取绿卡的高速保证。有关美国EB-5投资者签证和获取移民资格的更多详情,欢迎与我们联系。
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