Potential Government Shutdown and What it Means for Immigration

While it is not the first time that there has been a potential, or actual, shutdown of the US Government, it still does raise many questions about what, if any, immigration services will continue during any potential shutdown.  Below is a list of agencies and what they will be able to do, and what they

USCIS Proposes a New H-1B Employer Registration System

H-1B/PERM Update – Who Can Pay Fees?

Recently, an Administrative Law Judge ruled against the Department of Labor (DOL) in a very interesting case allowing the employer to recoup fees from an employee for the H-1B visa process.  Before going into the specifics of the case, it is important to understand what the DOL regulations are in this area. The DOL, in its

Timelines for Prevailing Wage Determinations Now More Than 4 Months

The DOL recently reported that Prevailing Wage requests for both H-1B and PERM cases are taking about 5 months to process.  For those planning to file an employer sponsored PERM case, this means really advance planning is needed.  Prior to advertising it is important to have the prevailing wage determination, otherwise you may have to

PERM and Inadvertent Errors

The current labor certification process known as PERM has been around for several years now.  While it was originally touted as being a streamlined, easier way to do the labor certification process that would get rid of backlogs, etc.  it has not turned out that way at all.  Instead, it has become what I would

Recent PERM Issues resolved by BALCA

Recently, BALCA (Bureau of Alien Labor Certification Appeal), the agency that hears appeals when a Labor Certification is denied, has made several important decisions.  This post will describe a couple of the most important decisions. Accent-Media Productions, Inc., 2012-PER-712 (September 23, 2015) We advise all our clients on the documents that need to be kept.

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