The Nuts and Bolts of PERM Labor Certification

Introduction: What is PERM On December 27, 2004, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) published new permanent labor certification application regulations. These regulations implemented DOL’s Program Electronic Review Management (PERM) system. PERM introduced electronic filing of a simpler, attestation-based form, and initially raised (and met) expectations of both employers and … Continue reading

Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) Ruling on L1A Visa

On Oct. 4, 2012, the Administrative Appeals Offices ruled that to establish eligibility for the L-1 nonimmigrant visa classification, the petitioner must meet the criteria outline in section 101(a)(15)(L) of the Immigrant and Nationality Act. Specifically, a qualifying organization must have employed the beneficiary in a qualifying managerial or executive … Continue reading

AILA Brief of Amicus Curiae in Michigan Case

The American Immigration Lawyers Association submitted a brief of amicus curiae in a case in Michigan concerning the ability of an information technology staffing company to offer permanent employment to a qualified foreign national for assignments in the U.S., including long and short-term contract employment at the company’s client sites, … Continue reading

USCIS Announces EB-5 Visa Extension

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced that the federal EB-5 green card program will be extended for another three years. USCIS  limits the number of visas for the program to 10,000 each year, and the program is rapidly gaining popularity. The EB-5 program for immigrant investors allows foreign nationals … Continue reading

Same-Sex Couples Granted Protection in Deportations

The Department of Homeland Security has stated in writing that foreigners who are same-sex partners of American citizens can be included under an Obama administration policy suspending deportations of some immigrants who pose no security risk. In letters sent late Wednesday, September 26, 2012, to several Democratic lawmakers, Homeland Security Secretary Janet … Continue reading

USCIS Launches Spanish-language I-9 Central on USCIS.gov

On October 4, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) launched a Spanish-language version of I-9 Central, an online resource center designed to provide information and assistance related to the most frequently accessed form on USCIS.gov: Form I-9 Employee Eligibility Verification. This free, easy-to-use website provides employers and employees simple one-click … Continue reading