Memorandum Issued to Halt USCIS/DOL Action affecting H-1B Visa Process

2021-01-21T18:25:28+00:00Jan 21, 2021|

The Biden Administration through White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain, issued a memorandum on January 20th that specifically instructs Agencies that a “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review” is effective as of noon on January 20, 2021 in order to ensure that the President’s appointees or designees have the opportunity to review any new or [...]

DOL Final Rule on Computation of Prevailing Wage Levels

2021-01-15T17:22:04+00:00Jan 15, 2021|

The DOL published a final rule adopting, with changes, the interim final rule published at 85 FR 63872. The Rule is amending the regulations governing permanent labor certifications and Labor Condition Applications to incorporate changes to the computation of prevailing wage levels. The rule is effective 3/15/21. (86 FR 3608, 1/14/21).  Read the final rule.

USCIS to Replace Sticker That Extends Validity of Green Cards

2021-01-15T16:31:09+00:00Jan 15, 2021|

USCIS announced that starting in January 2021, it will replace the sticker that is currently issued to lawful permanent residents (LPRs) to extend the validity of their Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card (PRC or “Green Card”) with a revised Form I-797, Notice of Action for Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card. The revised [...]

DHS Publishes Final Rule Creating Wage-Based Selection System for Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions

2021-01-15T16:23:16+00:00Jan 15, 2021|

On January 8, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule which will replace the current random selection process by which USCIS selects H-1B registrations for filing of H-1B cap-subject petitions with a wage-based selection process. The new system will select registrations based on the highest Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) prevailing wage [...]

USCIS lockbox updates

2021-01-13T18:41:26+00:00Jan 13, 2021|

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors, USCIS is experiencing delays in issuing receipt notices for some applications and petitions filed at a USCIS lockbox facility. As a result of COVID-19 restrictions, an increase in filings, current postal service volume and other external factors, you may experience a delay of four to six weeks in [...]

USCIS Modifies H-1B Selection Process to Prioritize Wages

2021-01-08T15:47:21+00:00Jan 8, 2021|

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced a final rule that will modify the H-1B cap selection process, amend current lottery procedures, and prioritize wages to protect the economic interests of U.S. workers and better ensure the most highly skilled foreign workers benefit from the temporary employment program. According to the USCIS, modifying the H-1B [...]

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