More than 1 million people applied for a work permit in the United States in the first six months of this year, down sharply from a peak of 3.7 million in early 2010, according to data from the U,S.
Citizenship and Immigration Services.
While the number of people applying for a U.N. visa has more than doubled since the first half of 2010, the U’s data shows the number has plunged from about 2.4 million in the same period to about 1.7 millions this year.
U.K.-based U.C.P. has reported its numbers for U. S. and U. K. PUA applications have declined sharply since the beginning of the year, and there is no sign the number will recover in the next three months.
While applications were down 2.3 percent in April from the same month last year, the number is still well below the levels reached during the Great Recession, which started in late 2008.
About 10 percent of applications were declined, which is down from more than 15 percent a year ago, said Brian Johnson, director of the U C P UA and Migration program.
While that’s less than what it was during the recession, Johnson said it’s a far cry from the 9 percent drop in 2010.
The decline in applications is also a far smaller percentage of the total U. s. population than was the case during the financial crisis, he said.
The number of Pua applications has dropped by more than 5 percent compared with the first quarter of 2010.
In the first four months of 2011, there were 1.3 million U.s. applications and there are now only 1.1 million, according, the data shows.
The U. U of A has been the most active applicant.
In April, the province was the first in the country to start processing applications, with about 1,000 applications in the week ending May 30, according the province.
The province, which has seen a surge in business since the U of C’s financial crisis in 2008, has processed about 3,000 U. of A applications in April.
The Ontario government has been doing the same, but it has seen some of the applications drop sharply in recent weeks.
Applications to Canada have dropped by a third since the recession began in 2009, and that has left Ontario with fewer U. Canada workers, which have contributed to a growing number of applications from foreign countries, such as Germany, Spain and Italy.
That’s helped to push down wages and job vacancies in the province and hurt its economy.
Some analysts say that trend will continue into the summer, when many people are looking for work.
In an interview with Bloomberg News last month, Jim Clark, a senior vice president at the U., said the government needs to keep a watchful eye on the pace of applications to see if the trend continues.
“It’s not the end of the world, it’s just not a sustainable solution,” Clark said.
“What we’re looking at is a very short-term fix, which we don’t want to do in the long term.”
But Johnson said the province is looking for ways to get more people on the U visa.
“I think we’re probably going to see a slowdown in the numbers going forward,” he said, noting that the U government is in discussions with the provinces about creating new types of jobs.
A recent survey of U. A. students found that a third of them would be willing to work in Canada if the job opportunities were better, and they said they would not have to travel to other provinces.
“If the job market were to improve, and people could go back to their countries, then yes, I would definitely go back,” said one student, who gave her name only as Laura.
“But that doesn’t mean I have to go back and do a full-time job.”
The students were among a survey of about 600 who were asked about their plans to study in Canada.
Among the biggest factors cited in their decisions to study are the country’s welcoming environment and how it is treating immigrants, according a survey by the University of Guelph.
The survey of nearly 600 students, ages 18 to 30, was conducted online between April 23 and May 12 by the university and was sponsored by the U Global Leadership Network, a U-S.-based think tank.
About 1,500 U. C. P UA students were surveyed, with an average age of 21.
The majority of the students were studying abroad, with the largest share going to the United Kingdom and Spain.
Many said they were more interested in studying in the U than they were in their home countries.
A third said they planned to study abroad as soon as they graduated from college.