According to the American Immigration Lawyers Association, The U.S. Department of Labor Office of Foreign Labor Certification has compiled a searchable list of topics covered in the “Frequently Asked Questions” section of the PERM website. This website offers basic guidance to employers sponsoring employees for permanent residency (green card) through Labor Certification.

 

 

As reported by the American Immigration Lawyers Association, The Office of Foreign Labor Certification released its annual report for FY2014 on the prevailing wage determination process, permanent labor certification, and temporary nonimmigrant labor certification. The report also contains state employment-based immigration profiles as well as profiles of the top five employment-based permanent immigration countries.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) reports that between April 2-9th the Department of Labor (DOL) issued prevailing wage determinations with incorrect expiration dates. The DOL has confirmed that erroneous determinations will be corrected if practitioners email the National Prevailing Wage Center (NPWC) Help Desk.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announces that, on March 18, 2015, the federal district court in the Northern District of Florida granted a motion filed by the Department of Labor (DOL) effectively permitting the DOL to restart its issuance of temporary labor certifications under the H-2B visa program through April 15, 2015.

Read the full update here.

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released statistics from the National Prevailing Wage Center on prevailing wage determinations (PWD) as of June 30, 2014, including number of applications received, top employers and occupations for PERM, H-1B, and H-2B, as well as number of determined, withdrawn, and pending prevailing wage actions.

Members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) can view the statistics here.

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued an alert on its iCERT system that, due to technical difficulties, Labor Condition Application (LCA) courtesy emails are not being sent. The Office of Foreign Labor Certification is working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. DOL posted a second alert that new password requirements were implemented on July 18, 2014, and within the next 90 days, all iCERT users will be required to create new passwords according to the new regulations.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Foreign Labor Certification released statistics for H-1Bs, H-2Bs, H-2As, prevailing wage determinations (PWDs), and the PERM program from the third quarter of FY2014.

Visit AILA for a list of updates here.

 

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced last week that The Department of Labor applauds The Department of Homeland Security’s new immigration policy concerning DREAM eligible immigrants.  She states “The major change to our nation’s immigration policy announced today by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will not only benefit young immigrants, who know no other country than this as their own, but our economy and our nation as a whole.  We know that a skilled, educated and entrepreneurial workforce is critical to our economic success in the 21st century. These young immigrants give our workforce a competitive advantage at home and in the international economy.” She goes on to say  “The administration has taken a big step in the right direction today. Now it’s time for Congress to get to work and pass the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform. If we are going to have an America that’s truly built to last, and if we are serious about meeting the challenges of the global economy, we need an immigration system that works, not the broken system we have now.”

Read more of her statements here.

 

On March 5, 2012, the Department of Labor released Permanent Labor Certification Program (PERM) statistics from the first quarter of FY2012.

A link to the statistics can be found here.

The Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification has released statistics for first quarter of FY2012, including total number of applications received, total number of applications processed, PERM processing priority dates, and breakdown of active PERM cases at the DOL.