Category Archives: Blogs

  1. PLG Attorneys Welcome Positive Change Under The Biden Administration

    (Updated 02/25/2021) For the past several years we have been publishing articles with the intent of keeping the Immigration Community fully informed.  However, for most of these articles we have had to be the bearer of bad news.  Under the Trump administration every change or measure was an attempt to restrict Immigration in some way,…

  2. Trump’s Final Stamp On Immigration And Biden’s First Day In Office

    On January 15 DHS released the text of a new rule which will change the way USCIS will determine whether an Employer/Employee relationship will exist.  Furthermore, on the same day, DOL also released a memo that now interprets the regulations to require end-clients to also file an H-1B petition. USCIS had previously relied on two…

  3. 240-Day Rule For H-1B Extensions

    Employers filing H-1B petitions need to be aware of the 240- day rule as it applies to filing H-1B extensions, as this rule allows employees to continue to work beyond the expiration of their authorized stay. This rule is particularly important when an Employer is filing an H-1B extension either when premium processing is unavailable…

  4. DOL Takes A Second Run At Increasing Its Wages

    DOL is publishing its Prevailing Wage Rule on January 14, 2021.  This rule previously went into effect on October 8, 2020, without any notice and significantly increased the DOL wages.  For further details of this rule please refer to our previous article, published on October 9, 2020. https://www.patellegal.com/dols-interim-final-rule-implements-higher-prevailing-wage-rates/ After the above rule was published, we…

  5. DHS is publishing an H-1B lottery final rule that gives preference to individuals with higher wages

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is releasing a final rule changing the next lottery for H-1B specialty occupation visas from the current random selection process to one based on an individual’s wages. The final rule is to be published on 01/08/2021 and will be effective 60 days from the date of publication. Per USCIS…

  6. Trump Suspends The Entry Of Immigrants/Nonimmigrants By Another 3 Months

    Trump has one foot out of the door, but that doesn’t mean that he is done with issuing unlawful and discriminatory Immigration policies. In April and June of last year, Trump issued two Presidential Proclamations suspending the entry of certain immigrants and non-immigrants into the US.  The second Proclamation extended the suspension through Dec 31,…

  7. 2020: A Year In Review

    Well, I don’t think anyone saw 2020 coming.  It was a turbulent year, what with the raging pandemic and the countless restrictive immigration measures enacted by the Trump administration.  In fact, for the Immigration Community, the last 4 years have been some of the most challenging that we have ever seen as the President did…

  8. New DOL And DHS Rules Struck Down In Federal Courts

    Two federal courts have struck down two government rules designed to reduce the number of visas issued to skilled foreign workers. It is anticipated that a third federal court will follow the same path. The two government rules (one from the Department of Labor and the other from the Department of Homeland security) impose salary…

  9. Use Of Alternative Wage Surveys To Overcome The New DOL Wage Rates

    On October 8, 2020,  the Department of Labor (DOL) published an interim final rule on prevailing wages drastically increasing the four DOL wage tiers of the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) wage survey for H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 temporary work visas, as well as permanent labor certification (PERM) applications. See our article on this here. With…

  10. Changes To The H-1B Lottery Process For FY2021

    The Trump administration has now issued a third rule, which radically alters the H-1B program. The first rule was a DOL rule, which significantly increased the wage levels.  See our earlier articles which discuss these changes: https://www.patellegal.com/dols-interim-final-rule-implements-higher-prevailing-wage-rates/ https://www.patellegal.com/it-companies-file-suit-against-dol-over-its-new-wage-rule/ The second rule was a DHS rule which changes the definition of H-1B specialty occupation, employer/employee relationship…

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