Immigration Law

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Angelo Paparelli on the New H-1B Rules: Rush to Judgment
Posted on 15 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Angelo A. Paparelli, Oct. 13, 2020 Immigration Rush to Judgment – No Good Cause for New H-1B Rules in a Hurry " The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last week affirmed the truth of the Upton Sinclair... Read More

DOL Announces $150M in ACWIA H-1B Grants
Posted on 28 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOL, Sept. 24, 2020 "The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL, or the Department, or we), announces the availability of up to $150 million in grant funds authorized under section 414(c) of the American Competitiveness... Read More

Tags: acwia , eta , DOL , H-1B

PERM News (June 16, 2020)
Posted on 16 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

OFLC, June 16, 2020 " OFLC Announces Extension of Issuance of Electronic PERM Labor Certifications Through September 30, 2020. On March 25, 2020, the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) informed stakeholders that the Atlanta National... Read More

Tags: 9089 , perm , DOL , oflc

DOL H-2B Visa News (Mar. 9, 2020)
Posted on 10 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

1. " OFLC Issues Frequently Asked Questions Related to the H-2B Supplemental Visa Allocation Announcement by Department of Homeland Security for the Second Half of Fiscal Year 2020. The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) has released... Read More

Tags: DOL , oflc , island holdings , faq , DHS , H-2B

DOL Regulatory News (Guidance, BALCA, ARB)
Posted on 9 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On Thursday, Mar. 5, 2020 DOL published this " Notice of Availability " in the Federal Register collecting "Guidance Documents." On Friday, Mar. 6, 2020 DOL published a " Direct Final Rule " and a Proposed Rule , both relating... Read More

Tags: balca , DOL

H-2A Proposed Rule, Request for Comments
Posted on 19 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 07/26/2019. "The Department of Labor (Department or DOL) proposes to amend its regulations regarding the certification of temporary employment of nonimmigrant workers employed... Read More

Tags: DOL , H-2A

DHS, DOL Post H-2B Rule (May 8, 2019)
Posted on 6 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Here is an Advance Copy of the rule to be published on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Read More

DOL H-2B Processing Changes Open for Comment (Mar. 4, 2019)
Posted on 2 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 42 / Monday, March 4, 2019 Selection Procedures for Reviewing Applications Filed by Employers Seeking Temporary Employment of H–2B Foreign Workers in the United States " The Department of Labor’s (Department’s... Read More

Tags: DOL , oflc , H-2B

DOL to Revise H-2B Procedures
Posted on 27 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOL, Feb. 26, 2019 February 26, 2019. Department Announces Updates to its Procedures for Processing H-2B Applications for Temporary Labor Certification "The Department today announced updates to its procedures for processing H-2B applications... Read More

Unprecedented H-2B Visa Demand Hits DOL
Posted on 8 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOL OFLC, Jan. 7, 2019 - " OFLC Issues Last Status Update Today on the iCERT System. LAST OPERATING STATUS : The Department's iCERT Rapid Response Team has continued to monitor the iCERT system, which has consistently been open for service... Read More

Tags: DOL , oflc , icert , H-2B

iCERT Updates from DOL (Jan. 3, 2019)
Posted on 4 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOL Office of Foreign Labor Certification Jan. 3, 2019: OFLC Issues Status Update on Availability of the iCERT System The iCERT system for application processing is tentatively scheduled to open at 2:00 p.m. EST on MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2019. The Department... Read More

Tags: DOL , oflc , icert , H-2B , H-2A

DOL Posts iCERT Notice (Jan. 2, 2019)
Posted on 2 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOL, Jan. 2, 2019 "The iCERT Portal System is currently unavailable. IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT (Updated January 2, 2019, 12:00PM EST): Within the first five minutes of opening the semi-annual H-2B certification process on January 1, 2019, the U... Read More

Tags: DOL , oflc , icert , H-2B

DOL iCERT Website Crash Affects 33,000 H-2B Visas
Posted on 1 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Employers vying for the 33,000 H-2B visas (for temporary, non-agricultural workers) with an April 1, 2019 start date were poised last night to e-file critical document packets at one nanosecond past midnight, EST. See: December 27, 2018. H-2B Application... Read More

Tags: DOL , oflc , icert , H-2B

DOJ, DOL Partner to Combat Visa Abuse, Protect U.S. Workers
Posted on 1 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, July 31, 2018 - "Today, the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the Department of Labor (DOL) expanded their collaboration to better protect U.S. workers from discrimination by employers that prefer to hire temporary visa... Read More

DOL to Crack Down on H-2A Violators in Oklahoma; Watermelon Growers First Target
Posted on 12 Apr 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Agriculture plays a significant role in Oklahoma's economy, with nearly 80,000 farms contributing to the state's production and providing jobs for thousands of workers. Farmworkers play an essential role in producing our nation's food... Read More