May

Blog Posts in May, 2014

  • Department of Labor Released PERM Statistics for First Quarter of FY2014

    The Department of Labor released statistics on the PERM Labor Certification applications. As of the end of the first quarter of FY2014, the Department of Labor received 17,623 applications. Among the current active PERM applications, 64% are under analyst review, 9% are on appeal with BALCA (Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals), 25% are being audited, and 1% are under sponsorship. Please ...
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  • USCIS Released Proposed Rule on Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Spouses

    On May 12, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its proposed rule on employment authorization for certain H-4 spouses. Under existing regulations, H-4 dependents are not permitted to work in the U.S. The change proposed by DHS, would allow H-4 dependent spouses of certain H-1B nonimmigrant workers to request USCIS for employment authorization, as long as the H-1B worker’s ...
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  • Employer Verification Questionnaire Sample Sent to Employer by FDNS

    The Vermont Service Center’s Fraud Detection and National Security unit (FDNS) recently sent a H-1B employer an employment verification questionnaire. An employer would typically be sent this type of questionnaire after an H-1B employee commences work. This type of worksheet would be used by FDNS to determine whether the employer is complying with the terms of the H-1B petition.
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  • USCIS Will Begin Returning All H-1B Cap Petitions Not Selected in the Lottery

    USCIS announced today that the data entry of all FY2015 H-1B cap petitions has been completed. USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap petitions that were not selected for adjudication in the lottery together with filing checks
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  • USCIS Finished FY 2015 H-1B Cap Random Selection

    On April 10, 2014, USCIS announced that it received about 172,500 H-1B petitions during the filing period which began April 1, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption. On the same day, USCIS completed a computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, to select enough petitions to meet the 65,000 general-category cap and 20,000 cap under the advanced degree exemption. ...
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