PERM Updates

PERM Processing Times (as of 08/31/2017) Processing Queue Priority Dates Month Year Analyst Review June 2017 Audit Review February 2017 Reconsideration Requests to the CO August 2017
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The Recession of DACA: What to Do For Your Employees Now

By: Angelita Chavez-Halaka President Trump’s September 5th decision to rescind the Deferred Action to Early Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will impact employers.   The program will eventually end in 6 months, but not without the opportunity for DACA employees to extend their work authorization. To date, over 800,000 initial DACA application have been approved, 76% of these […]
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Will USCIS Interview Me? In-Person Interviews Expected for Employment-Based Green Card Applicants

By: Elizabeth Goings After October 1, 2017, USCIS will begin to phase-in interviews for employees with a pending I-485 application based on employment.  Foreign national employees working in the United States will most likely be required to schedule an in-person interview as part of their application and prior to green card approval. This move is […]
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California Employers: New Notice Requirements

California Labor Code Sections 230 and 230.1 provide employees who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, the right to take time off from work relating to such issues and the right to reasonable accommodations upon request.  Moreover, Employers are prohibited from terminating, discriminating or retaliating against any employee who exercise such rights […]
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CBP Practice Alert: Water Damaged Visas and Passports

In the wake of two hurricanes that have brought massive flooding to Texas, Louisiana and Florida, many foreign nationals are reporting that their passports and visas have been water-damaged. Clients with water-damaged documents should be advised to replace them prior to traveling internationally (if possible) or ensuring that they allow time to apply for a […]
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Avoiding Steep Form I-9 Penalties

By: Earth Shah Recent immigration court cases reveal the importance of employers having a robust and compliant employment eligibility verification program. Every employer must have the new employee complete Form I-9 which is used to verify identity and eligibility for employment.  Failing to do so can invite steep penalties.  DLS Precision Fab Lab LLC vs. […]
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Wage and Hour Issues and Proper Pay Practices During Disasters!

By: Rohini Vora Introduction Catastrophic events often bring reminder of pay and benefits issues that an employer should take into consideration.  Although it is practically impossible to be fully prepared for any disaster, it is important for employers to be aware of employment laws that may be implicated in such situations. It is eminent for […]
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RAISE Act

By: Gurshaan Chattha In February of 2017, Republican Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue introduced the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act (“RAISE Act”). A brief summary of the RAISE Act follows: The RAISE Act targets the family reunification component of the 1965 Immigration Act by giving visa preference only to immediate family […]
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Visa Bulletin For October 2017

A. STATUTORY NUMBERS This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during October for: “Final Action Dates” and “Dates for Filing Applications,” indicating when immigrant visa applicants should be notified to assemble and submit required documentation to the National Visa Center. Unless otherwise indicated on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website at www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo, individuals seeking to file […]
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New California Employment Related Rules

By: Bhakti Shivarekar, Esq. California enacted new employment and labor legislations which apply to most California employers and have been in effect since January 1, 2017. The following is a summary of some of the changes in the law. Leave of Absence and Benefits: Paid Family Leave Benefits: Effective January 2018, the amount of paid […]
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