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Immigration Corner: Giving Hiring Preference to Laid-Off Employees and More New Customer Service Tools at USCIS

In November's newsletter, we discussed the challenges to the Department of Labor's (DOL) layoff regulation for PERM applicants. DOL has responded by clarifying what is required of an employer to properly notify and consider...more

BALCA Holds that Link to HotJobs Is Not the Same as Posting the Job on the Employer’s Website

An important goal of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) is to protect U.S. workers from being displaced on the job market by foreign workers. Certain employment-based permanent residence applications therefore require...more

Immigration Corner - November 13, 2013

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

Department of Labor Issues Alert on Handling of Applications Impacted by the Shutdown

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

DOL Issues PERM Application Guidance for Employers Affected by Shutdown

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

DOL Advises Employers On Handling Of PERM, H-2A, And H-2B Applications After Government Shutdown

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

The Department of Labor Provides Limited Guidance on Certain Applications Affected by the Government Shutdown

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

USCIS & DOL Announce Procedures, Reopening of Websites after Government Shutdown

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

Special Immigration Alert: The Immigration Ripple Effect of a Government Shutdown

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

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Why PERMs are so Exacting

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

Stricter Scrutiny of Labor Certifications—Increase in Audits and Supervised Recruitment by the DOL

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

Stricter Scrutiny Of Labor Certifications—Increase In Audits And Supervised Recruitment By The DOL

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

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