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$208,000 — That’s the Default Annual Wage on DOL’s October New Rule on Prevailing Wages and Hike in H-1B Wages

DOL’s interim final rule, currently in effect, includes a significant hike to all prevailing wages and a default prevailing wage determination of $208,000/yr for multiple occupations.  Several business groups, universities, and technology firms quickly filed suits to stop this arbitrary and wild rule.  After DOL released a new interim final rule dramatically increasing DOL’s prevailing wages used for H-1B, H-1B1 and E-3 visas and PERM Labor Certifications to numerous occupations, many organizations filed lawsuits challenging […]

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Now That the Supreme Court Upheld DACA, Marks Gray Explains What It Means for Employers, Dreamers, and Their Loved Ones.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has protected and provided employment authorization for about 700,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children, known as “Dreamers.” DHS tried to terminate DACA — but the Supreme Court overruled them. Why Did the Supreme Court Side with the Dreamers?  Justices found that DHS failed to comply with procedural requirements that demanded a reasonable explanation for terminating the program. In their decision, the Court found that […]

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Here’s a Peek at What a USCIS Field Office Visit Will Be Like For You Right Now

As many USCIS field offices throughout the country start to reopen and return to work, USCIS has started developing new in-person guidelines. Want to get a better idea of what to expect from a USCIS field office visit right now? Check out this recent Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony.  Download PDF. To stay up-to-date on business immigration news, subscribe to our Immigration News Bites below. Subscribe

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Infographic: What to Expect at Your Next USCIS Field Office Visit During Coronavirus

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USCIS Announces Funding Crisis, Premium Processing in Phases. Marks Gray Explains What It Means for Your Case.

Recently, USCIS said if it does not receive $1.2 billion in emergency funds from Congress, it would furlough thousands of employees at the start of July. On the flip side, after suspending service for several months, they released a schedule for the phased reopening of premium services. What does this mean for you? Let’s deal with the budget issue first.  If USCIS is not funded and the furloughs occur, this would result in ongoing delays […]

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What to Expect After USCIS Offices Reopen

USCIS shutdown in-person services at field offices and application support centers (ASCs) starting on March 18, 2020. Now it has announced a plan to reopen on or after June 4, 2020. What can you expect from this reopening?  USCIS is expected to reschedule ASC appointments for biometrics that were canceled. Those affected will receive new appointment letters in the mail.  If you had an InfoPass or other appointment scheduled, it must be rescheduled through the […]

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