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Greenberg Traurig’s Laura Reiff and Kate Kalmykov Selected as 2018 Trailblazers by the National Law Journal

The National Law Journal selected the 2018 Trailblazers in Immigration. This year, Greenberg Traurig Immigration & Compliance attorneys Laura Reiff and Kate Kalmykov were recognized on the list for their notable achievements in the practice of law. Kalmykov leads the immigration practice group in the firm’s New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia offices. She has more … Continue Reading

“Immigration Strategies for Employers During Layoffs” by Greenberg Traurig’s Kate Kalmykov Featured in The New Jersey Law Journal

Kate Kalmykov, shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, recently authored an article in the New Jersey Law Journal (NJLJ) discussing immigration strategies during layoffs and reductions in force.  The article highlights proper protocol for employers to follow when terminating a foreign national population in compliance with federal regulatory requirements.  Likewise, it identifies specific strategies to utilize based … Continue Reading

Act Now: The Department of Labor may experience a shutdown on 10/1/2015

Although Congress continues to discuss the Fiscal Year 2016 budget, if an agreement is not reached or continuing resolution passed, the Department of Labor (DOL) will experience a shut down as of October 1, 2015. Should this happen, both the iCERT and PERM online filing systems will not accept applications and users will no longer … Continue Reading

DOL Glitch Prevents PERM Filings

A programming glitch, which occurred during a software update implemented by the Department of Labor (DOL) on September 1, 2015, prevented some employers from being able to file their PERM applications, the DOL announced today on its website. The DOL explained that the malfunction precluded employers from completing some of the ETA Form 9089 online. … Continue Reading

Department of Labor Provides Guidance on Prevailing Wage Surveys for H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 Programs

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) recently issued Round 3 of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding prevailing wages.  The newly released FAQs, provide guidance on how to complete the underlying Labor Condition Application (LCA) on ETA Form 9035/9035E required for the H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 visa petitions. In instances where … Continue Reading

U.S. Department of Labor Unveils Plans to Begin Charging User Fees

As a result of extensive deliberations spanning over the course of several years, the Department of Labor (DOL) is closing in on making major changes to the labor certification process, including charging user fees for PERM applications.  At present, the electronic PERM process – an initial step in many employment-based permanent residence cases – does … Continue Reading

Commentary on Tata Consultancy Services and Infosys H1-B Visa Probe

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued an investigation to determine if Indian third-party information technology companies -Tata Consultancy Services and Infosys – have violated American labor laws. This investigation directly relates to the use of H-1B visas, a non-immigrant visa that allows a U.S. employer to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations. Both … Continue Reading

Federal Budget Sequester May Affect Immigration Processing

Across-the-board funding cuts, or sequestration, took effect Friday, March 1 for all government agencies, including those playing a vital role in immigration processing. Though the Departments of Homeland Security, State Department and Department of Labor have not stated how or if their immigration-related operations will be impacted, delays are possible for many immigration processes. Of particular concern to employers is the possibility of processing delays at the Department of Labor. DOL is responsible for processing labor condition applications (LCAs), a prerequisite to filing H-1B petitions, as well as prevailing wage determinations and PERM labor certifications. With the FY2014 H-1B cap season opening on April 1, delays in LCA processing could have consequences for employers planning on filing cap-subject H-1B petitions for the next fiscal year. Employers are advised to continue preparing their FY2014 H-1B petitions, including filing the necessary LCAs. The sequester might also delay DOL's processing of prevailing wage determinations, which would impact employers' ability to conduct recruitment required under Program Electronic Review Management (PERM) regulations.… Continue Reading
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