There's an online map that lets you look at countries with the most Visa applications to live and work in Houston. The You Are Here project from MIT's media lab looked at 1775 permanent visa applications in Houston in 2012 and 2013.
Software developers and computer engineers were among the bigges jobs hiring from abroad. That's to say that the industry with the most applications was the IT field, followed by the aerospace industry. In all, 82 percent of visa applicants get their applications approved. That's around 1412 applications, a total of 624 were accepted from India, 101 from China, 103 from Mexico, 76 from Canada, 42 from the UK, 16 from Nigeria, and 30 from Turkey.
The top employers that were co-signing these permanent visas include the following local companies: Houston Independent School District , Cameron International Corporation, Advent, Global Solutions;inc., Occidental Oil And Gas, Bechtel Oil; Gas And Chemicals; Inc.
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The top positions include people came here for include: software developers; mechanical engineers; computer systems analysts; computer software engineers, and elementary school teachers.
Here's some more information on the map, which you can check out here:
This visualization shows the acceptance rate, job title, origin country, and economic sector of the permanent visa applications in Houston in the years 2012, Houston accounts for 2.74% of the country's total 64810 visa applications filed in 2012 and 2013. And permanent visa applicants from 2012 and 2013 account for about 0.08% of Houston's population.
Permanent visas, also known as permanent labor certification, are approved by the Department of Labor before being issued by the USCIS and is an employment agreement that is extended to foreign workers indefinitely.