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Changes in H and L Visa Processing in China

The Department of State (DOS) and Mission China announced that changes have been made to consolidate the processing in China of H and L visa applications for foreign nationals seeking to work in the United States. Starting March 1, 2019, all interviews for H and L visas will be conducted only at the U.S. Embassy … Continue Reading

DOL Online Wage Library – Prevailing Wages will change on July 1

Every year on July 1, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) publishes updates to the Foreign Labor Certification Data Center Online Wage Library.  These updates typically include changes to the prevailing wages and may also include revisions to or additions of certain occupational classifications. The DOL Online Wage Library is the primary source of prevailing … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig’s Kate Kalmykov and Jordi S. Bayer Featured in The New Jersey Law Journal for their article on Green Cards

Kate Kalmykov, shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, and Jordi S. Bayer, associate at Greenberg Traurig, recently authored an article in the New Jersey Law Journal (NJLJ) discussing creative solutions for employers to sponsor foreign national employees for Green Cards.  Kate and Jordi highlight the similarities and differences between Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Researcher and National Interest Waiver  … Continue Reading

Over 4.5 Million Are Waiting for Green Cards—Over 100,000 of them are Employment-Based

The Department of State (DOS) recently published its annual report of immigrant visa applicants (2015 Annual Immigrant Visa Report), which tallies up the number of total applicants—including spouses and children—who are waiting for their respective priority date to become current, allowing for them to obtain their green card. The annual report, which totals the number … Continue Reading

Judge Issues Injunction Permanently Barring Implementation of the H-2B Program Rule

On Feb. 21, 2012, the Secretary of Labor issued a Final Rule (Rule) that sought to overhaul the temporary, non-agricultural foreign worker H-2B program for seasonal workers. The rule was preliminarily enjoined by a Federal District Court Judge in the Northern District of Florida barring the Department of Labor from implementing the rule. The 11th … Continue Reading

Kenya: Recent Changes Lead to Work Permit Delays and Denials

The Kenya Department of Immigration Services (DIS) recently implemented changes to its work permit application process that are consistent with the country’s move towards tightening its immigration system. Earlier this month, the DIS released a comprehensive checklist of required documents for each type of work permit. Applications that lack the required documents will likely be … Continue Reading

South Korea: Across the Board Immigration Fee Increases Beginning January 2014

For employers sending skilled workers to South Korea, please note that fees for immigration related services and applications, including visas, have increased for the first time since 1998. The new fees were effective January 1, 2014. The new fees are as follows: Employers are reminded to plan assignments to South Korea early and ensure that … Continue Reading
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