2014

Blog Posts in 2014

  • DOL Updates Online Wage Library

    DOL Updates Online Wage Library The Department of Labor's Foreign Labor Certification Data Center has updated the the Online Wage Library for prevailing wage determinations. Wages for the 7/2011 - 6/2012 program year are now available and are effective 7/1/2011. View them at Online Wage Library
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  • Pre-Hire Testing Requirement in PERM Labor Certification Applications

    During an Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) Stakeholder meeting held on September 12, 2014, we learnt that the Department of Labor (DOL) is currently denying PERM applications where the employer has pre-hire testing requirement for a job opportunity with a Bachelor’s degree in a technical field but no work experience or special skills requirement. These PERM applications are denied ...
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  • November 2014 Visa Bulletin Update and Future Projections

    The Department of State (DOS) released its November 2014 Visa Bulletin , showing the availability of employment-based immigrant visa categories for the month of November. Following the publication of the November 2014 Visa Bulletin, Charles (“Charlie”) Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State provided further insight on the latest number and future ...
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  • F-1 Students at California Community Colleges Have Trouble Maintaining Status

    Include at least one course (three credit hours) per term requiring physical presence at the college; Permit counting more than one online course toward meeting the full course of study requirement, as opposed to the current maximum identified in the regulations; Not count conditions described in the previous two bullets toward limits otherwise placed on reduced course load.
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  • DOL Statistics on Prevailing Wage Determinations from Second Quarter of FY2014

    The Department of Labor (DOL) released statistics on the Prevailing Wage Determinations (PWDs) for the second quarter of FY2014. The statistics include the number of PWD applications received, top employers and occupations for PERM, H-1B, and H-2B, as well as number of determined, withdrawn, and pending prevailing wage actions http://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/pdf/PW_Selected_Statistics_FY_20 ...
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  • L.A. - Based Attorneys Charged with Defrauding Foreign Investors Seeking EB-5 Green Card

    On September 3, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California charged three immigration attorneys based in Los Angeles, CA for defrauding immigrant investors who were seeking to obtain green card through the EB-5 Regional Center program. It has been alleged that these three attorneys raised nearly $11.5 million from two ...
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  • Prince George's County Public Schools agrees to pay $4.2 million in back wages for violations of H-1B temporary foreign worker program

    The H-1B visa program requires the employers to pay the filing fees associated with H-1B applications. Prince George’s County Public School illegally made foreign workers pay the H-1B filing fees to USCIS. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has obtained an agreement from Maryland’s Prince George’s County Public School system to pay $4,222,146 in back wages due to 1,044 workers ...
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  • USCIS holds EB-5 Immigrant Investor Quarterly Stakeholder Engagement

    The USCIS Office of Public Engagement held a stakeholders meeting to discuss current USCIS policy and practice for the EB-5 Immigrant Investor program.
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  • DOL Statistics on H-1Bs from Second Quarter of FY2014

    The Department of Labor (DOL) released statistics on the Labor Condition Applications (LCAs) for the second quarter of FY2014. A certified LCA is required for each H-1B application filed with USCIS. The statistics include the number of LCAs received, top occupations, states and employers, as well as the number of certified, denied, and withdrawn LCAs, number of positions requested and certified, ...
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  • USCIS Released DACA Renewal Information

    USCIS published the following notice regarding renewal information only for those individuals granted DACA by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from June 15, 2012 until August 15, 2012, when USCIS started receiving requests. This notice only applies to a small fraction of the DACA population. This notice doesnot apply to any individuals who received deferred action by making a request ...
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  • President Obama Plans to Take Executive Actions on Immigration Policies for Tech Companies

    As Congress is not moving on the issue of immigration reform, President Obama said that he intends to take executive actions to change the nation’s immigration policies to keep the U.S. from losing its competitive edge in the tech world. Tech investors such as Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, has advocated for the expansion of O-1A visa category, which is given to individuals with ...
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  • DOL Statistics on H-2As from FY2014 Third Quarter (6/30/14)

    DOL’s OFLC statistics on H-2As as of 6/30/14, including number of applications received, top states, and employers, as well as the status of applications processed. AILA Doc. No. 14072446.
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  • DOL Statistics on H-1Bs from FY2014 Third Quarter (6/30/14)

    DOL’s OFLC statistics on H-1Bs as of 6/30/14, including number of LCAs received, top occupations, states, and employers, as well as the number of certified, denied, and withdrawn LCAs, number of positions requested and certified, and percentage of applications timely processed. AILA Doc. No. 14072445.
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  • DOL Statistics on PWDs from FY2014 Third Quarter (6/30/14)

    DOL’s OFLC statistics from the National Prevailing Wage Center on prevailing wage determinations (PWD) as of 6/30/14, including number of applications received, top employers and occupations for PERM, H-1B, and H-2B, as well as number of determined, withdrawn, and pending prevailing wage actions. AILA Doc. No. 14072444.
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  • DOL Statistics on PERM Program from Third Quarter of FY2014 (6/30/14)

    DOL’s OFLC statistics on the PERM program as of 6/30/14, including number of applications received, top occupations, work site states, industries, visa classifications, country of citizenship, and minimum educational requirements, as well as number of certified, denied and withdrawn applications. AILA Doc. No. 14072443.
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