ImmiLetter Vol. III – Issue 8: August 1, 2008

DOL Enforcements and Weakening Economy Causing Drop in PERM Applications
Employer’s Shying Away from Sponsoring PERM applicants?
It has been a year of frequent audits, huge backlog for I-140s and a recently revealed decrease in IT jobs due to recession – all leading to a substantial drop in Program Electronic Review Management (PERM) applications this year compared to 2007.

The Department of Labor’s Second Quarter Performance report showed that PERM applications this year were 46% less then those from the second quarter of FY 2007. It is most likely that increased audits and the threat of supervised recruitment have dampened the flow of new applications. Moreover, the US economy is going through a recession like stage and there had been a significant drop in skilled employment as well. The frequent audits have also caused substantial delays in clearing cases.

AC-21 Portability in the Context of Recession in US Market
Updated Guidance on I-140 & I-485 Postability Issues
In March this year, the US employment figures revealed that a staggering 63,000 jobs have disappeared during February alone. If this is the indication of things to come, non-immigrant employees who are in the process of getting their citizenship are going to feel the pinch in a tremendous way. It will also most likely see a definite increase in aliens with pending I-140s and I-485s changing employers using the portability rules pursuant to the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act of 2000 (AC-21) to retain steady employment.
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