Category Archives: PERM/I-140/I-485 Information

  1. October 2020 Visa Bulletin Is Finally Out And It Is Good News!

    As many of you are already aware, the delayed October 2020 visa bulletin is finally out and it is good news.  This fiscal year, there are 261,500 employment-based visas, compared to the usual allotted 140,000.  This is as a direct result of an infusion of the unused family-based numbers from FY2020.  USCIS has also confirmed…

  2. Premium Processing: Congress Increases The Fees And Expands The Immigration Petitions Eligible

    On October 1, 2020, Congress passed a new Bill (Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act was included in Division D, Title I of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act) increasing USCIS Premium Processing Fees from $1,440.00 to $2,500.00 for most cases. The good news is that the Bill also expands the immigration petitions…

  3. Proving financial ability to pay the proffered wage for an I-140

    One of the requirements to obtain an I-140 approval is that the Employer demonstrates the financial ability to pay the proffered wage from the priority date until the foreign national receives their green card. The priority date for EB-2 and EB-3 is established based on the date the PERM/Labor certification is filed.  For EB-1 filings,…

  4. Additional Considerations for Employers Filing PERMs Who Have Laid Off U.S. Workers During COVID-19

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Americans have been laid off by their employer and this is particularly important for Employers who are in the process of filing a PERM application. The whole purpose of the PERM process (also known as the Labor Certification) is for the Employer to demonstrate that it has made a…

  5. I-140 General Information

    I-140 Process For candidates filing an EB-2 or EB-3 filing, it will be necessary for your Employer to obtain a certified Permanent Labor Certification, aka PERM, before filing the I-140.  For further details please refer to our previous article regarding PERMs, which can be found at: https://www.patellegal.com/perm-process-general-information/ This article is intended for candidates who are…

  6. PERM Process General Information

    PERM Process The following information is intended to give you an overview of the PERM process also known as the Permanent Labor Certification. The PERM process is required for those applicants who wish to file an EB-2 or EB-3 filing at the I-140 stage.  Please note that the PERM process is not required for an…

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