Government Shutdown Affects Employers with Foreign Workers

We sent an alert to our clients a couple of days ago when we felt that the Federal Government shutdown was imminent. We didn’t really expect it to happen but it did! The shutdown is unfortunately affecting US immigration services, … Continue reading

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Foreign Affairs Manual volume 9, FAM 41.53

“9 FAM 41.53 N2.2 Approved Petition Is Prima Facie Evidence of Entitlement to H Classification (CT:VISA-1539; 09-24-2010) a. An approved Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, or evidence that the H petition has been approved (an acceptable Form I-797, … Continue reading

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PERM Plans to Modernize Recruitment Process

The US Department of Labor announced that it is modernizing US worker recruitment for the PERM process. DOL has not comprehensively examined and modified the permanent labor certification requirements and process since their inception 10 years ago. Over the last 10 … Continue reading

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L-1 Visa

A non-immigrant visa, and is valid for a relatively short amount of time. With extensions, the maximum stay is seven years. L-1 visas are available to employees of an international company with offices in both the US and abroad. The visa allows … Continue reading

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A Second Look at Comprehensive Immigration Reform

In February, I wrote about why comprehensive immigration reform has a chance to pass this year; now, it’s time to discuss how immigration reform can strengthen the US as a whole. Immigration reform has heavy bipartisan support, spearheaded by President Obama … Continue reading

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Planning for The New Year — H1B 2014

I was attending a Christmas party last week when a friend, who works for a prominent local employer, asked me, “What’s the latest in the immigration world?” His question got me thinking: I am always taking urgent conference calls from … Continue reading

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How Employers can Reduce Audit in PERM Filings for Roving, Telecommuting and Traveling Employees

The tech industry is facing many challenges today, notably denials from the Department of Labor (DOL) based on very little understanding of how the industry works. Most large employers in the sector are not the ‘job shops’ that USCIS fears; … Continue reading

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Filing PERM for Roving Employees

5 September 2012 The tech industry is facing many challenges today, notably denials from the Department of Labor (DOL) based on very little understanding of how the industry works. Most large employers in the sector are not the ‘job shops’ that USCIS fears; and … Continue reading

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How US Immigration Policy on H-2As Will Shrink the US Economy

The US Department of Agriculture’s May 2012 Economic Research Service (ERS) Report Summary conducted a study titled, “The Potential Impact of Changes in Immigration Policy on U.S. Agriculture and the Market for Hired Farm Labor: a Simulation Analysis”, to analyze … Continue reading

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Economic Research Service (ERS) Report Summary

ERS is a primary source of economic research and analysis from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, providing timely information on economic and policy issues related to agriculture, food, the environment, and rural America. The May 2012 ERS Report Summary was a … Continue reading

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