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On October 9th 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown approved Assembly Bill No. 622 (AB 622). AB 622 is intended to prevent employment discrimination effected through improper use of the federal E-Verify system – the mostly voluntary online program allowing registered employers to check the employment authorization of new employees. AB 622 does not mandate or disallow the use of E-Verify; instead, it authorizes state fines for its misuse.
The E-Verify system allows employers to check the work authorization of new hires. However, it cannot be used to verify status of individuals who were not […]
The Automatic Visa Revalidation Program Allows Travel to Contiguous Territories Without Needing a Visa Stamp
Foreign nationals who are in the U.S. on a nonimmigrant status are aware (we hope) that normally they need to have a valid U.S. visa stamp in order to reenter the U.S. after a trip abroad. Every day our office fields questions by nonimmigrant status holders about the process of renewing their U.S. visa stamp due to an upcoming trip but the reality is that sometimes people simply do not need a new visa if their destination is one of the Caribbean islands or Canada and they are planning a short trip. We hope to help our readers understand how the automatic visa revalidation program can help them with traveling and reentering the U.S. without getting a new U.S. visa stamp. […]
December 2015 Visa Bulletin – Filing Cutoff Dates Remain Unchanged; Very Gradual Movement in the Approval Dates
The U.S. State Department has just released the December 2015 Visa Bulletin which is the third Visa Bulletin for the new FY2016 fiscal year. The major headline in the upcoming month’s Visa Bulletin is the lack of any movement whatsoever in the Filing cutoff dates section of the Visa Bulletin, possibly caused by the October 2015 Visa Bulletin revisions and litigation. The good news is that the Final Action cutoff dates advance gradually for most categories. […]
The Department of Labor has provided some updates for the fourth quarter of the Fiscal Year 2015 (July 1 to September 30, 2015) on their processing of PERM, H-1B LCA and prevailing wage determination cases and we are happy to share them with our clients and readers.
DOL Processing Statistics (Fourth Quarter, 2015 Fiscal Year)
According to the PERM case report, during the quarter, there were 23,203 new cases received (an increase of 5% from the prior quarter but a 17% increase in the number of filing compared to the fourth quarter of the year prior – fiscal year […]