DOL Accepts Request to Re-Issue Wage Determination until February 8, 2021

Employers may now request reissuance of Prevailing Wage Determination PWD, issued from October 8, 2020 through December 4, 2020, which reflected a much higher wage based on the wage methodology used pursuant to an interim final rule which is no longer in effect. The deadline to request reissuance is February 8, 2021. The request must be based on an emergency situation which may be the following:...

Update on the Receipt Notice Delays

Due to significant visa number movements in October 2020 which opened the door to a record influx of Green Card applications and the ongoing Covid Pandemic, USCIS has been slow in issuing receipt notices of petitions and applications. Even to this month, we have been receiving receipt notices for I485, I765, I131 that were filed in October 2020 although only a few remain outstanding. The...

Time to Prepare for H-1B Lottery Registration

As we get closer to the H-1B lottery selection date (at the end of March 2021), we urge employers to prepare early for H-1B registration and re-calibrate expectations moving forward especially in light of new rules designed to hinder the H-1B visa program. 2 New Rules: There are two Final Rules published during the waning days of the Trump Administration that would place a hefty burden on...

Final Rule on Creating Wage-Based Selection System for H-1B Cap-Subject Petition

According to USCIS, a final rule has been announced on January 7, 2021 that will modify the H-1B cap selection process, amend current lottery procedures, and prioritize wages to protect the economic interests of U.S. workers and better ensure the most highly skilled foreign workers benefit from the temporary employment program. This effort will only affect H-1B registrations (or...

H-1B Lottery unlikely to be impacted by the New Rule

There are two published Final Rules released during the waning days of the Trump administration that would only allow high salary H-1B workers to be employed in the U.S. Below is a summary breakdown of the new rules and effective dates: 1. Final Rule on increasing H-1B wages (issued on January 14, 2021). Effective date: March 15, 2021. This is basically an amended version of similar rule that...

New Wage Rule delayed until 11/14/2022

Update March 18, 2021 DOL has now proposed to further delay the final rule on computation of prevailing wag levels for 18 months. The effective date of the rule has already been delayed once to 05/14/2021. Now, the new effective date has been pushed to 11/14/2022. Below is DOL's proposal to further delay. Original Post January 28, 2021 Advance copy of DOL's proposed delay of the Wage Increase...

USCIS No Longer Places Sticker to Extend Validity of Green Card

Starting in January 2021, USCIS will replace the sticker that is currently issued to lawful permanent residents (LPRs) to extend the validity of their Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card (PRC or “Green Card”) with a revised Form I-797, Notice of Action for Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card. LPRs file Form I-90, when their Green Card expires or is about to expire.The...