USCIS Adds New Notification Requirement for R-1s

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the manner in which petitioners for religious workers must notify USCIS regarding their employment of nonimmigrant religious workers in R-1 status. The approved petitioning employer must notify USCIS within 14 days when an R-1 alien is working less than the required number of hours or has been released from, or has otherwise terminated,...
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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Certain R1 Cases

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that effective July 20, 2009, it will resume Premium Processing Service for R-1 nonimmigrant religious worker petitions filed by certain R-1 petitioners.  Only those petitioners who have successfully passed an on-site inspection are eligible to use Premium Processing Service.  The following questions and answers were posted on...
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DOL Addresses LCA Denials Based on FEIN

One step of the H1B process for professional workers is filing and obtaining a certified Labor Condition Application (LCA).  The Department of Labor (DOL) recently switched the LCA submission and certification process to an new system called iCert.  Recently, the DOL has been denying some LCAs based on its inability to verify an employer’s Federal Employer Identification Number...
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