Chemistry jobs and H-1B visas | April 24, 2017 Issue - Vol. 95 Issue 17 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 95 Issue 17 | p. 13 | News of The Week
Issue Date: April 24, 2017 | Web Date: April 21, 2017

U.S. H-1B visas for chemistry jobs and institutions seeking them

These 10 institutions applied for the most visas for jobs with titles that include the word “chemist.”
Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: policy, immigration, employment

President Donald J. Trump on April 18 directed federal agencies to revamp policies so H-1B visas are distributed on the basis of merit rather than through a lottery. This could be good news for highly trained chemists seeking jobs in the U.S. if the final changes end up expanding opportunities for scientists. Currently, U.S. companies seek H-1B visas for computer technology workers far more often than for any other kind of employee. But dozens of organizations apply for visas for chemists each year. In 2016, these 10 institutions applied for the most visas for jobs with titles that include the word “chemist.”

Amneal Pharmaceuticals 39 $66,444
Battelle Memorial Institute 33 76,044
Novel Laboratories 31 74,743
Appco Pharma 28 55,613
Sciegen Pharmaceuticals 28 51,105
Akorn 25 78,470
KVK Tech 25 67,533
Ascent Pharmaceuticals 21 53,286
Dow Chemical 20 112,238
Harvard University 20 49,321


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Kruti patel (April 23, 2017 11:47 PM)
I have done my in organic chemistry
And started my work as a lacturer
Anisa Ruzhdia (xhelaj) (April 24, 2017 12:12 AM)
I'm glad that the president gave the job opportunities for the stundent that done the Univesity for chemist. I done my diploma in my country(Albania). I have almost three years that I'm leaving in the United States in the Philadelphia city. I translated my Bacherlor and Master's degrees from Albania language to English langauge as a good solution to find the job but I can not.
tony alexander (April 26, 2017 4:09 PM)
It is straight scandalous that in today's employment situation where we are getting dozens if not hundreds of resumes for every entry-level chemistry job opening (and as many for more senior levels) generic pharmaceutical companies - 7 out of 8 industrial employers on the list - pursue sponsoring H1b visa candidates for these entry-level jobs. If the table above is not an evidence of visa process abuse, I don't know what is...
Ron paul (April 26, 2017 4:18 PM)
I am a US citizen and a medicinal chemist. I lost my job 4 years ago. I cannot find a job. Can I apply for a H1-B visa?

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