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Visualizing The Seattle Area's Permanent Visa Applications

We first met You Are Here, an ongoing project that will produce a map of a different city every day over the course of the year, a couple weeks back when they showed us every indie coffee shop across Seattle. They've looped back around and have recently posted an interactive map that visualizes the 2,106 permanent visa applications in the Seattle Metropolitan Area in 2012 & 2013.

A city is made up primarily of the people who live and work there. Their stories, their histories, and the lives they left behind to come there make up the city's narrative tapestry. This map is the first in a series that depicts one aspect of these personal histories: the countries from which people come. This visualization shows the acceptance rate, job title, origin country, and economic sector of the permanent visa applications for companies in Seattle in the years 2012 and 2013. The Seattle Metropolitan Area accounts for 3.25% of the country's total 64810 visa applications filed in 2012 and 2013. And permanent visa applicants from 2012 and 2013 account for about 0.06% of the area's population.

IT, retail, aerospace and health care are the industries that saw the most applications. One interesting note is that the amount of health care applications denied is extremely high relative to everything else. As for the countries of origin, India led the way with 960 applications, followed by Canada (260) and China (189).

As for the companies whose employees are requesting visas, it's exactly the ones you'd expect to see. Microsoft (981 applications) and Amazon (194) were way ahead of everyone else. The most likely job? Software developer (659).
· Permanent Visas Seattle [You Are Here]
· Here's A Cool Map Of Every Independent Coffee Shop In Seattle [Curbed Seattle]