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DOL approved 50% more labor certifications for green card in 2016

By Bill at June 23, 2016 02:27
Filed Under: Immigration News
We have published all labor certifications(PERM) approved by Department of Labor during the first six months of fiscal year 2016 through our legacy database system. From October 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016, Department of Labor made decisions on 61,556 labor certifications for green card jobs, 50% more than the same period of 2015: 2,961 were denied, 2,490 were withdrawn(view DOL report).    2015(first 6 month) 2016(first 6 month) Increase Certified 36,373 ... [More]

Two Indian-American Brothers Jailed For 7 Years For H1B Visa Fraud

By Bill at June 13, 2016 17:22
Filed Under: Immigration News
Two Indian-American brothers, owners of Dibon Solutions Inc, have been sentenced to over seven years in prison for committing fraud in H1B visa programme. The company sponsored H-1B workers for jobs that didn't necessarily exist. The visa holders were only paid if the company was able to place them. They were also required to pay visa processing fees, even though current law requires the hiring firm to pay these fees. read whole story Before applying for H-1B visa, it is very... [More]

Judge sends two to prison for 7 years for H-1B fraud

By Bill at June 09, 2016 00:11
Filed Under: Immigration News
Two brothers were sentenced Friday to 87 months in prison for running an H-1B fraud scheme intended to create a low cost, on-demand workforce, federal law enforcement officials said. Atul Nanda, 46, and his brother, Jiten "Jay" Nanda, 45, were each sentenced by Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn, the Chief U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Texas, to 7 years and two months in federal prison, according to U.S. Attorney John Parker. The brothers were recently convicted by a jury following a... [More]

Department of Labor received over 423,000 labor petitions for H-1B Visa in six months

By Bill at May 23, 2016 02:02
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We have published all labor applications filed by U.S. employers during the first six months of fiscal year 2016 through ourlegacy database system. From October 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016, Department of Labor received 423,006 labor condition applications for H-1B visa jobs: 5,904 were denied, 33,898 were withdrawn.    Year to Date First Quarter Second Quarter Total LCA 423,006 93,372 329,643 Certified 383,204 78,855 304,349 Denied 5,904 1,276 4,628... [More]

Americans collecting unemployment checks lowest in 16 years

By Bill at May 07, 2016 00:19
Filed Under: Immigration News
The number of Americans collecting unemployment benefits fell in late April to a nearly 16-year bottom, while initial jobless claims have been below 300,000 for 61st straight week. Some 2.12 million people collected weekly unemployment benefits in late April, tumbled 82% after hitting a record 11.6 million in early 2010, when the U.S. was in the early stages of a recovery following the Great Recession. The last time fewer Americans were collecting unemployment checks was in November 20... [More]

FAQs: Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses

By Bill at April 21, 2016 00:27
Filed Under: Immigration News, Tips and Features, Visa Knowledge
FAQ about new regulatory changes, effective May 26, 2015, that extended eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of certain H-1B nonimmigrants who have already started the process of seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident status. [More]

How to Find a Cap-Exempt H-1B Job

By Bill at April 15, 2016 02:48
Filed Under: Immigration News, Tips and Features, Visa Knowledge
USCIS has reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year 2017 on April 7. However, USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap. Petitions for new H-1B employment are exempt from the annual cap if the beneficiaries will work at Institutions of higher education Non-profit entities related or affiliated to a higher education institution Non-profit research organizations or governmental research organizations Organizations that... [More]

Checklist for H-1B Visa Filing

By Bill at March 27, 2016 18:24
Filed Under: Immigration News, Tips and Features
USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year 2017 cap on April 1. All H-1B petitioners must follow all statutory and regulatory requirements as they prepare petitions, in order to avoid delays in processing and possible requests for evidence. [More]

New Law Increases H-1B and L-1 Petition Fees

By Bill at March 27, 2016 18:04
Filed Under: Immigration News, Visa Knowledge
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (Public Law 114-113), signed into law by President Obama on December 18, 2015, increases fees for certain H-1B and L-1 petitioners. These petitioners must submit an additional fee of $4,000 for certain H-1B petitions and $4,500 for certain L-1A and L-1B petitions postmarked on or after December 18, 2015. [More]

How to Make Sure Your H-1B Petition Is Properly Filed

By Bill at March 19, 2016 16:45
Filed Under: Immigration News, Tips and Features, Visa Knowledge
USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2017 cap on April 1, 2016. Please read this mail carefully to ensure your employer or attorney file the petition properly! Complete all sections of the Form I-129 petition, including the H Classification Supplement and the H-1B Data Collection and Filing Fee Exemption Supplement. Make sure each form has an original signature, preferably in black ink. Include signed checks or money orders with the correct fee amount. Submit all ... [More]

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