Tag Archives: PERM

Department of Labor Guidance Amidst COVID-19

The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued guidance regarding several immigration processes in light of employer office closures around the country due to COVID-19. Many of these issues include extending posting dates and filing deadlines. The DOL notes that it intends to remain fully operational, as its employees have teleworking capabilities, and that applications will continue to … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig’s Rebecca Schechter Speaks at AILA Conference

Greenberg Traurig’s Rebecca Schechter, of counsel, participated in the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s DC Chapter Fall Conference Nov. 16, 2016, held at the University of Maryland, in Rockville, MD. Rebecca was a panelist in the session titled “PERM Best Practices and Hot Topics.” This session addressed drafting job descriptions, prevailing wage requests, common recruitment issues, … 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

BALCA Reverses PERM Denial, says Employer Complied with Supervised Recruitment Instructions

In Matter of SDG Post Oak, the employer was issued a notice of supervised recruitment by the Atlanta National Processing Center (ANPC). After the draft recruitment was approved by the ANPC, the employer placed an online advertisement on online job listing forums. The duty requirement field of the advertisement properly listed the minimum experience as … Continue Reading

Recent and Important BALCA Decisions for Employers

The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (“BALCA”) recently issued two decisions employers should note. First, in Matter of Mphasis Corporation, BALCA reversed a denial of a PERM labor certification issued by the Certifying Officer (“CO”) on the grounds that the Employee Referral Program (“ERP”) recruitment step was properly started. The underlying challenge was the … 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

January 2015 Visa Bulletin: Some Good News, But Executive Action Benefits Cannot Come Soon Enough

The Department of State’s (DOS) January Visa Bulletin brings some New Years cheer for China and “All Other Countries” designations indicating that that the EB-3 subcategory for professionals and skilled workers will advance by nine months for China, from June 1, 2010 to March 1, 2011, and seven months for “All Other Countries,” from November 1, … Continue Reading

DOL Report on FY2014 Prevailing Wage Determinations Provides Some Surprising Data for Employers

The Department of Labor (DOL) has released its FY 2014 statistics on prevailing wage determinations for U.S. employers in connection with the sponsorship for foreign workers. This report provides interesting insight into prevailing wage requests by U.S. employers and their representatives for H-1B petitions, H-2B petitions and PERM labor certifications. It also reveals some broader … Continue Reading
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