Archive for September, 2011

DOL Suspends Prevailing Wage Determinations

9/13/2011 Written by Brian D. Zuccaro

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced that the Office of Foreign Labor Certification’s (OFLC) National Prevailing Wage Center (NPWC) has suspended temporarily processing of prevailing wage determinations (PWDs), redeterminations, and Center Director Reviews. The NPWC handles PWDs for the PERM labor certification, H-1B, H-1B1 (Chile/Singapore), H-2B, and E-3 programs. As a result of the [...]Read More >

USCIS Issues Policy Memo on B-2 Extensions for Cohabiting

9/10/2011 Written by Brian D. Zuccaro

Partners and Other Household Members of Principal Nonimmigrants¬†U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ new policy memorandum on B-2 extensions for cohabiting partners and other household members of principal nonimmigrants does not change eligibility requirements for change of status to B-2, or extension of B-2 status. Rather, it clarifies that such a change and/or one or more [...]Read More >

USCIS Announces Extension of Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians

9/3/2011 Written by Brian D. Zuccaro

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on August 16, 2011, its intention to extend employment authorization automatically for Liberian nationals covered under deferred enforced departure (DED) through March 31, 2012. USCIS’s announcement follows President Obama’s announcement of his decision to extend DED through March 31, 2013, for qualified Liberians and those persons without nationality [...]Read More >

The Ombudsman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

9/1/2011 Written by Brian D. Zuccaro

(USCIS) recently made recommendations focused on delays due to processing and adjudications issues of employment authorization document (EAD) applications. The Ombudsman noted that although USCIS has implemented procedures to resolve certain issues, many problem areas have not been addressed. When processing is delayed, the Ombudsman noted, “individuals and employers experience significant adverse consequences such as [...]Read More >