DOL Enhances iCert System by Adding FEIN Verifications under PERM

In a prior issue of our newsletter, we wrote about the problems employers have been having verifying their Federal Employer Identification Numbers (FEIN) through the iCert program for the purpose of obtaining a certified Labor Condition Application (LCA).  The Department of Labor (DOL) acknowledged these issues and provided instructions on manually submitting documentation verifying an...
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Latest H-1B Cap Update

As of September 19, 2009, approximately 46,000 H-1B cap-subject petitions and approximately 20,000 petitions qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption had been approved. This is the first time the approved H-1B number has hit 46,000.  USCIS will continue to accept both cap-subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been...
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DOS Releases October 2009 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released its October 2009 Visa Bulletin.  The biggest news is that the employment-based preference category three (EB3) is no longer ‘unavailable’.  The bad news is that availability in that category is backlogged to 2001-2002 for all nationalities.  This visa availability backlog has been the one of the biggest sources of frustration...
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