Category Archives: Immigration Blog

  1. Prevailing Wage And PERM Processing Times Update

    PERM is the first step in the green card process for most employment-based applicants.  This requires the employer to conduct a recruitment campaign in good faith to demonstrate that there are no available, willing and qualified US workers to fill the position in question. To submit a PERM application (ETA 9089) the employer is first…

  2. New Public Charge Rule

    Most of you will recall the Trump Era public charge rule, from 2019, which caused chaos and uncertainty and tremendous amounts of paperwork for both applicants and their Attorneys.  This was another attempt by the former President to reduce Immigration by denying Immigration benefits to those who rely on Government aid. For a recap of…

  3. How Long Do I Have To Wait To Become A US Citizen

  4. H-1B / LCA Fact Sheet

  5. USCIS Expected To Use All Available Employment Based Green Cards This Fiscal Year

    Last year USCIS came under heavy criticism for failing to issue all available employment-based green cards.  Due to the pandemic, most Consulates were closed or operating at a reduced capacity which meant that unused family-based visas rolled over into the employment-based green cards.  This was great news. Typically, there are 140,000 employment-based green cards available…

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  7. USCIS Extends Flexibilities For Responding To Various Agency Requests And Permanently Allows Scanned Signatures

    During COVID, USCIS had allowed applicants an additional 60 days to respond to certain requests, notices, and appeals, such as RFEs, NOIDs etc.  However, USCIS recently stated that this would no longer be the case, which meant that applicants would need to respond by the date stated on the notice.  Days later USCIS has once…

  8. How To Overcome A Lengthy Absence From The US As A Green Card Holder

    Once you obtain the green card you need to be careful not to lose it.  Obtaining a green card and maintaining permanent residence requires an individual to spend most of their time in the US. When COVID hit a lot of green card holders got caught outside of the US and were forced to remain…

  9. OFLC To Implement New SOC Codes and Publish New Wages On July 1, 2022

    The Office of Foreign Labor certification (OFLC) is set to implement the 2018 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes on July 1, 2022. Any Labor condition applications (LCAs) submitted prior to July 1, 2022, will be adjudicated based on the 2010 SOC codes.  Any applications submitted after July 1, 2022, will be based on the new…

  10. PERM Processing Times

    The PERM also known as the Labor certification is the first step in the employment-based green card process. The PERM process starts with the employer conducting a recruitment campaign.  Alongside this it is also necessary for the employer to submit a request for the prevailing wage from the Department of Labor (DOL).  As part of…

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