Immigration Law

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News Excerpts From the Feb. 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 6 Feb 2014 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

USCIS Issues Guidance on “Reason to Believe” Standard for Provisional Waivers | On January 24, 2014, USCIS issued field guidance for applications for provisional unlawful presence waivers (Form I-601A) filed by individuals with criminal... Read More

Excerpts from the June 1, 2012, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin: ELIS Launches
Posted on 23 May 2012 by LexisNexis Immigration Law Community Staff

ELIS Launch On Tuesday, May 22, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) launched the initial release of its new electronic immigration system, USCIS ELIS. ELIS is the agency’s first-ever online immigration system created to modernize... Read More

Excerpts From the Oct. 15, 2012, Bender's Immigration Bulletin: 2014 DV Program Opens, More
Posted on 2 Oct 2012 by LexisNexis Immigration Law Community Staff

2014 DV Program Opens The 2014 Diversity Visa Program registration opened at noon on October 2, 2012, and is scheduled to close at noon on Saturday, November 3, 2012. As in past years, applicants must submit entries electronically during this registration... Read More

Notice of Availability of Funds and Solicitation for Grant Applications for H–1B Ready to Work Partnership Grants
Posted on 26 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (the Department), announces the availability of approximately $150 million in funds for the H–1B Ready to Work Partnership (Ready to Work) grant program. The Department... Read More

Tags: eta , grant , DOL , H-1B , ready to work

After DOL Wage & Hour Investigation, Company Pays $740K in Back Wages to H-1B Workers
Posted on 21 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Semafor Technologies LLC in Norcross has agreed to pay 73 employees $741,288 in back wages following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division that found violations of the H-1B visa program, which allows nonimmigrants... Read More

Tangled H-2B Web - Update
Posted on 4 Apr 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Angelo A. Paparelli writes : "This post -- originally published on March 31, 2013 -- is a guest column ( updated on April 3, 2013 ) to reflect actions by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The original... Read More

H-2A Filing Tips, Selected Statistics and Forms
Posted on 23 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In a continued effort to assist H-2A employers with preparing their agricultural job orders and applications, the Department has revised the H-2A Filing Tips to alert employers to common filing mistakes which can delay the processing of... Read More

Tags: DOL , H-2A

Has Immigration Fraud Really Gone Viral in the DOL PERM program?
Posted on 24 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The requirement to secure a DOL labor certification as a prerequisite to an employment-based green card was established by Congress to protect U.S. workers. Yet, ironically, the Department charged with the duty to protect U.S. workers and... Read More

Tags: perm , DOL , Fraud

Cyrus D. Mehta on PERM, Laid-Off U.S. Workers
Posted on 1 Mar 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" The Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration has added a new question and answer (Q&A) to its frequently asked questions (FAQ). The new Q&A concerns notification and consideration of laid-off U.S. workers for PERM... Read More

Tags: perm , mehta , DOL , laid-off , faq

Foreign Labor Certification Annual Report
Posted on 29 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Department [of Labor] has released its Foreign Labor Certification Annual Report . The 2010 Annual Report presents information on the Prevailing Wage Determination Process, Permanent Labor Certification and Temporary Nonimmigrant Labor... Read More

DOL Challenge: Maintaining the Integrity of Foreign Labor Certification Programs
Posted on 22 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"OIG investigations continue to uncover schemes carried out by immigration attorneys, labor brokers, and transnational organized crime groups. OIG investigations have repeatedly revealed that fraudulent applications filed with DOL on behalf of fictitious... Read More