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,...

Final Rule Creating a Wage-Based H-1B Lottery Delayed Until 12/31/2021

As we have previously reported, this final rule has been postponed in light of Biden's efforts to postpone "midnight regulations" that signed by President Trump during the waning days of his administration. See our earlier posts: Final Rule on Creating Wage-Based Selection System for H-1B Cap-Subject PetitionH-1B Lottery unlikely to be impacted by the New RuleH-1B Lottery for FY2022 will Remain...

Additional Time Added for Responding to USCIS notices

Update Post 03/24/2021 In an effort to extend accommodations in light of Covid, USCIS continues to allow additional time for responding to certain requests and notices. 60 days are added to the due date for the following if the insurance date is between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021, inclusive: Requests for Evidence;Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14);Notices of Intent to Deny;Notices of...

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2020, which reflected a much higher wage based on the wage methodology used pursuant to an interim final rule which is no longer in effect.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:...

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...