Archive for August, 2011

USCIS Changes Timeframes for RFEs

8/19/2011 Written by Brian D. Zuccaro

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) previously gave agency officers the flexibility to determine individual response times for requests for evidence (RFEs) tailored to the circumstances of each case. USCIS released an interim policy memorandum on July 13, 2011, changing the standard timeframes for applicants or petitioners to respond to RFEs because, the agency said, [...]Read More >

DOL Orders Prince George’s County Public Schools To Pay $4.2 Million in Back Wages

8/5/2011 Written by Brian D. Zuccaro

An investigation by the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division found Maryland’s Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) system in violation of the H-1B temporary foreign worker visa program. DOL investigators found that PGCPS illegally reduced the wages of 1,044 foreign teachers hired under the H-1B program by requiring them to use their [...]Read More >

State Dept. Announces New Requirement for Passport Applications

8/3/2011 Written by Brian D. Zuccaro

The Department of State announced that the full names of an applicant’s parent(s) must be listed on all certified birth certificates for them to be considered primary evidence of U.S. citizenship for all passport applicants, regardless of age. Certified birth certificates missing this information will not be acceptable as evidence of citizenship. This does not [...]Read More >

Company Held Liable for Back Wages of H-1B Employee Who Never Worked

8/3/2011 Written by Brian D. Zuccaro

Ganze & Company, an accounting firm in Napa Valley, California, filed a labor condition application (LCA) to hire Kevin Limanseto as an H-1B employee but subsequently decided not to employ him. However, Ganze never informed the government of that change, and Mr. Limanseto complained to the Department of Labor that he had never been paid. [...]Read More >