U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced significant increases in fines for immigration-related paperwork violations, in an interim final rule slated to take effect this fall. Harsher financial penalties come as part of the federal government’s recently-expanded efforts to ensure that employers comply with strict verification, recordkeeping, and document retention requirements, with regard to the

If Congress should fail to pass a FY2016 budget or Continuing Resolution before October 1, 2015, the government, including the Department of Labor will shut down (again; previously occurred in October 2013). This will directly affect the Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) since its functions are not “excepted” from a shutdown

The US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) recently provided information to confirm that it will accept cap-subject H-1B petitions for Fiscal Year 2016 (FY 2016) during the first 5 business days of April, that is Wednesday, April 1st through Tuesday, April 7th, 2015.

With the first week of April being a “split

The Department of Labor has provided some updates for the Fiscal Year 2014  on the PERM program (as of 12/31/14), including number of applications received, top occupations, work site states, industries, visa classifications, country of citizenship, and minimum educational requirements, as well as number of certified, denied, and withdrawn applications.

DOL PERM Stats 2014

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Every April Fool’s Day, we play tricks on one another, good natured fun with hoaxes usually followed by a cry of “April fool!” and a good hearty laugh.

Consider that you run a for profit business that is constantly looking for talent and are seeking to keep certain foreign nationals who have proven that they

The U.S. government is back in business, including immigration-related services.  Immigration Courts are re-opened and Removal proceedings of non-detained aliens have resumed.  The Department of Labor (DOL) will be accepting Labor Condition Applications (LCA) so employers of temporary workers in H-1B status may file to extend their employment authorization and status.  The U.S. Citizenship and