Proffered Wage Must Exceed State’s Minimum Wage, Not Just the Prevailing Wage (Federal)

As DOL continues to experience delays in issuing PWD and adjudicating PERM applications, employers must be careful when setting the proposed wage during the PERM process. It must exceed not just the prevailing wage as set by DOL but also exceed the state's (where worksite is located) minimum wage. You do not want to wait 1.5 to 2 years for the PERM to be certified only to find that the I-140 was...

Visa Bulletin Update FY 2023

February 2023 F2A category will likely see a cutoff date in March. If you are a green card holder and have an opportunity to petition for your noncitizen spouse, you may consider filing it as soon as possible. EB3 other works is expected to retrogress further. EB4 SR category has been extended until 09/30/2023. The category is now available. Employment-based visa bulletin February 2023...

Is the New Estimated Case Processing Time Better than Before?

On May 5, 2022, USCIS announced changes to simplify and improve how the agency communicates case processing time data to the public. Users can now immediately find the processing time information for their particular type of case, rather than seeing an aggregate of all related case types. Additional changes include: Adding drop-down options for form categories will help narrow results to only...

Prevailing Wage Determinations Have Slowed Down; FIFO No Longer a Certainty

Update January 30, 2023 Just received a batch of prevailing wage determinations (PWD). It seems DOL is issuing determinations of wage requests filed in July 2022. We also got back PWDs of our earliest requests that have been pending since April 2022. No pending wage requests filed before July 2022. Update January 10, 2023 We are receiving PWDs that were filed in June 2022. However, we have some...

Be mindful of the new DOL address for PERM cases

On July 16, 2021, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a new mailing address for its Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) Atlanta National Processing Center (ANPC) which will become effective on August 25, 2021. What this means for PERM cases, specifically PERM recruitment, is that the notice of filing must show the new address starting September 5, 2021. The new address is: U.S....

Impact of Layoffs during the PERM process

Employers should keep in mind of additional requirements during the PERM process if there has been a layoff within 6 months of filing the PERM application. The relevant regulation states the following: If there has been a layoff by the employer applicant in the area of intended employment within six months of filing an application involving the occupation for which certification is sought or in...

Perpetual H-1B? Almost

Seasoned H-1B status holders are familiar with the regulations that allow them to extend their stay beyond the standard 6-year maximum period. We regularly see H-1B workers from India who have been in H-1B status for well over 10 years. Section 104(c) of AC21 provides that DHS "may grant" a three-year H-1B extension beyond the six-year maximum if the H-1B worker has an approved I-140 petition,...

New Prevailing Wage Request Form and Other Updates from DOL

The new Form ETA-9141, Application for Prevailing Wage Determination is set to go live on May 3, 2021. DOL held a webinar on April 27, 2021, regarding the new changes to the form. A presentation slide may be downloaded here. Any saved drafts that haven't been submitted will be deleted on May 3, 2021. Other updates include: Processing time for PERM and prevailing wage determination is not...

DOL Announces Accommodations for Employers in Texas and Oklahoma

DOL’s OFLC has released a FAQ regarding the extent of its accommodations for employers in Texas and Oklahoma who were impacted by the recent weather disaster. Accommodations include, for example, deadline flexibility and guidance relating to unintended changes in worksite. Anyone in these states who has on-going cases relating to PERM, labor certification, prevailing wage request, H-2A, H-2B,...