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Monthly Archives from January 2014

A New Form I-9

After working on a suitable form for almost a year and without much warning, the USCIS released the 7th edition of Form I-9 in March, 2013.  The reformatted form is two pages and has expanded fields.   Our audits of clients’ I-9 have shown that employers are forgetting to insert the name of the employee at the top of page 2. Please carefully review your new Form I-9s and make this correction, if needed.

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PERM Application Audits Up and Processing Delayed

The DOL continued to scrutinize, audit and deny a significant number of applications for permanent labor certification (PERM). Approximately 30% of cases were audited, of those 50 percent were denied. Processing times have increased  significantly.  It is taking about a year for a PERM audited case to be adjudicated and five to six months for a case not audited. With these lengthy processing times, it is critical the employers and employees start planning early for the “green […]

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform

The promise of the passage of a comprehensive bill looked hopeful last June when the U.S. Senate passed bill S. 744 which included a path for legalization for unauthorized immigrants, an expansion of E-Verify, an increase in the number of temporary work visas and a plan to clear the immigrant visa backlogs. The bill would have been the first overhaul of our immigration system since 1986. However, a bipartisan vote was not reached as the House did not […]

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H-1B Visa Cap Reached in Five Days!

In 2013, the H-1B cap was reached in the first five days of filing and USCIS conducted a visa lottery to select the lucky petitions. The high demand for H-1B visas is expected to continue in 2014. We are encouraging those interested in new H-1B visas to begin the process in February. USCIS will start accepting petitions for new H-1B visas on April 1, 2014.

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