Archive for November, 2010

State Dep’t Discusses Fiscal Year Visa Projections

11/19/2010 Written by Brian D. Zuccaro

On September 22, 2010, Charles Oppenheim of the Department of State’s (DOS) Visa Office met with the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) DC Chapter, where he discussed the Visa Bulletin, family- and employment-based priority dates, and other issues. Among other things, AILA reported Mr. Oppenheim as noting that many EB-3 beneficiaries from India and China [...]Read More >

ETA Publishes Proposed Rule on Wage Methodology for H-2B Temporary Non-Agricultural Employment

11/13/2010 Written by Brian D. Zuccaro

The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration has proposed to amend its regulations governing certification of the employment of nonimmigrant workers in temporary or seasonal non-agricultural employment and related enforcement. The proposed rule, published on October 5, 2010, would revise the methodology by which the Department calculates the H-2B prevailing wage. The proposed rule [...]Read More >

DOS Addresses Diversity Visa Lottery Applications for Persons With Limited Internet Access

11/1/2010 Written by Brian D. Zuccaro

At the Department of State’s daily press briefing on October 5, 2010, the following answer was provided to the question of how people in areas with limited Internet access can apply for the Diversity Visa Lottery program: Lottery applicants may prepare and submit their own entries, or have others, who have Internet access, submit them [...]Read More >

WHD Plans Nationwide Audit of Independent Contractor Misclassifications

11/1/2010 Written by Brian D. Zuccaro

The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) reportedly plans a nationwide audit this fall of misclassifications of employees as independent contractors, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement sent notices of inspection to employers nationwide in September 2010. WHD and ICE are working together on the independent contractor issue, and some analysts believe that [...]Read More >