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  • USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for all H-1B Petitions Effective Immediately

    On October 3, 2017, USCIS announced that premium processing was once again available to all Petitioners seeking H-1B visas. H-1B visas allow skilled workers in certain specialty occupations to temporarily work and reside in the United States. When a request for premium processing is made and the requisite fee is paid, USCIS has 15 calendar days during which to make a decision on the application. ...
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  • One-Time Increase in H-2B Nonimmigrant Visas for FY 2017

    On July 19, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security and Labor published a final rule increasing the numerical limit (“cap”) on H-2B nonimmigrant visas by up to 15,000 additional visas through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2017, beyond the annual cap of 66,000 visas allotted for this current fiscal year. These visas will be available only to American businesses which attest that they will likely ...
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  • USCIS Requirements for the O and P Visa Classifications

    As of November 27, 2009, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a guidance memorandum entitled Requirements for Agents and Sponsors Filing as Petitioners for the O and P Visa Classifications. The O nonimmigrant visa classification provides for the admission of people with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, athletics, motion picture and television ...
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  • 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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  • 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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  • ANALYSIS OF THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF SENATE'S IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL (S. 744)

    Immigrant entrepreneurs sparked the Silicon Valley boom in the 1990s, credited with founding some of America’s leading science and technology companies like Sun Microsystems, Google, Yahoo, and eBay. Immigrant founders account for nearly half of the U.S.’s top 50 venture-backed companies and one-quarter of U.S. science and technology companies founded between 1995 and 2005 had a CEO or Technical ...
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  • Justice Department settles Allegations of Immigration-Related Employment Discrimination

    Just last month the Justice Department reached a settlement with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). AAP is an organization consisting of over 60,000 pediatricians based in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. AAP was allegedly allowing illegal postings on its www.PedJobs.org . As the Justice Department uncovered, AAP was supposedly permitting postings for doctors, nurses, and other professionals to ...
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  • E-Verify Self-Check Launched by DHS

    The Department of Homeland Security recently announced its new program, E-Verify Self Check. The self check program is open to workers who maintain an address, and are physically located in, Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Mississippi, Virginia, or the District of Columbia. This is the first instance where E-Verify has been offered directly to workers. There are four basic steps to the E-Verify Self ...
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  • USCIS REPORTS IT WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE, EXCEPT E-VERIFY, IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN

    The Department of Labor (DOL) is also making plans for a potential shutdown. If there is a shutdown, DOL personnel will not be available to respond to inquires or emails. It is unclear at this point, whether iCERT/PERM will continue to function. However, because the systems required funding to run, immigration attorneys should assume they would not be available. If the iCERT/PERM programs are not ...
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