Snapshots of both big picture and meaningful small-scale developments in the world of immigration.
This month: a technology giant's hefty immigration fine and its implications, an improved interactive website for...more
On October 31, 2013, the Department of Labor issued detailed guidance regarding the handling of applications and responses after the government shutdown. The Office of the Foreign Labor Certifications (OFLC) is implementing...more
The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued guidance concerning the effects of the government shutdown on employers’ ability to file applications and other submissions as part of the PERM process. With no information about how...more
On October 31, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) announced that employers with time-sensitive recruitment or prevailing wage determinations that did not timely submit PERM...more
On October 21, 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a statement regarding special mailing procedures that will be implemented for H-2A Certifications due to delays caused by the government shutdown between October 1 and...more
In a welcome move that acknowledges the hardships caused by the government shutdown, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has advised that if an H-1B petitioner submits evidence establishing that the...more
The government officially reopened on October 17, 2013 after a shutdown that started on October 1. The shutdown had substantial immigration consequences for employers (which were explained in detail here and here). At least...more
The looming prospect of a Government shutdown will have a significant impact on the immigration process. Activities of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be largely unaffected because it is funded by...more
A new Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA) decision is a great example of the exacting nature of the PERM process.
PERM is the first step toward permanent residence, and is regulated by the Department of...more
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has indicated that it will further expand its use of “integrity” measures in the permanent labor certification program. These measures include the conduct of audit investigations and...more