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H-1B / PERM Final Wage Rule – January 15, 2021

On January 15, 2021 the DOL issued a memo called the “H-1B Program Bulletin Clarifying Filing Requirements for Labor Condition Applications (LCA) by Secondary Employers at 20 C.F.R. §§ 655.715 and 655.730(a).” Also on January 15, 2021, the DHS issued a memo called Strengthening the H-1B Nonimmigrant Visa Classification Program. 1) Effective Date of July … Read more

How to find the correct prevailing wage level for your H-1B petition [2021]

Are you trying to find the prevailing wage for your H-1B visa? The new 2021 H-1B Cap Registration rule requires you to state the prevailing wage level (1,2,3 or 4) the offered salary will be above. In this article, we will show you how to find the correct prevailing wage level for your H-1B petition. … Read more

Visa Bulletin For January 2021

EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCES For Employment-Based Preference Filings:For all employment-based preference categories, you must use the Final Action Dates chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for January 2021. First:  Priority Workers:  28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required for fourth and fifth preferences. Second:  Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons … Read more

National Interest Exceptions (NIE) for H-1B and L-1 Visas – (2021)

On Aug. 12 2020, the U.S. Department of State released guidance on national interest exceptions (NIEs) to the June 22 proclamation. As they pertain specifically to H-1B and L-1 visas, the following exceptions may be applicable. H-1B Applicants Public health or healthcare professionals, or researchers seeking to travel to alleviate the effects of the COVID-19 … Read more

August 2020 Visa Bulletin

FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCES First: (F1) Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens:  23,400 plus any numbers not required for fourth preference. Second: Spouses and Children, and Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Permanent Residents:  114,200, plus the number (if any) by which the worldwide family preference level exceeds 226,000, plus any unused first preference numbers: A. (F2A) Spouses and Children … Read more

When should you file an Appeal to the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO).

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When a USCIS Service Center denies an employment-based visa petition you often have 2 options: Refile a new petition with USCIS File an Appeal to the AAO There are certain situations where refiling with USCIS is not an option. Advantages of Filing an Appeal to the AAO: You can use the administrative review process to … Read more

USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests [July 1st, 2020]

From uscis.gov on July 1st 2020. In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is extending the flexibilities it announced on March 30, 2020, to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to certain: Requests for Evidence; Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14); Notices of Intent to Deny; Notices of Intent to … Read more