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Posts from April 2021.
Neil Dornbaum, Chair of Connell Foleys Immigration and Global Mobility Practice Group speaks at The New Jersey Business Immigration Coalition (NJBIC) in partnership with the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) & Einstein’s Alley vir

How can immigration policy promote economic recovery and growth? What is the current state of play in Washington on immigration reform? How can we revive a bipartisan consensus on immigration? These and other topics were the discussion points addressed with immigration experts, political ...

Presidential Proclamation Suspending Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Individuals Present in India Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), within the Department of Health and Human Services, working in close coordination with the Department of Homeland Security, has determined that the Republic of India is experiencing widespread, ongoing person-to-person ...

Connell Foley attorneys Chair the NJICLE Immigration Conference and speak on Customs and Border Protection Panel

Each year, NJICLE’s comprehensive Immigration Conference provides an in-depth exploration of the most pressing concerns confronted by Immigration Lawyers, Employment Lawyers, Human Resource Representatives and In-House Counsel and offers effective strategies for dealing ...

Connell Foley attorneys participate in National Day of Action on Capitol Hill for Immigration Reform

Today, attorneys from Connell Foley and 707 members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association from across the country participated in virtual meetings with more than 400 congressional offices as part of a national Day of Action to promote reform and rehabilitate the U.S. immigration ...

OFLC Releases Public Disclosure Data and Selected Program Statistics for Q2 of Fiscal Year 2021

The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) has released a comprehensive set of public disclosure data (through the second quarter of fiscal year 2021) drawn from employer applications requesting prevailing wage determinations and labor certifications for the PERM, LCA (H-1B ...

USCIS Issues Open Letter on the Rescission of the 2019 Public Charge Rule

USCIS sent a letter to interagency partners stating that the 2019 Public Charge final rule is no longer in effect, and that DHS intends to partner with federal agencies, state and local governments, and nongovernmental stakeholders to ensure applicants and the public are aware of this ...

USCIS Announces Online Filing Options for F-1 Students Seeking OPT

USCIS announced that F-1 students can now file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, online if they are filing for pre-completion OPT, post-completion OPT, or 24-month OPT STEM extension. The option to file the form online is only available to F-1 students filing Form I-765 ...

OFLC Announces New Form ETA-9141, Application for Prevailing Wage Determination, for Use Beginning May 3, 2021

The Office of Management and Budget approved the Office of Foreign Labor Certification’s (OFLC) revisions to the Form ETA-9141, corresponding appendix, and instructions. The revisions will better align information collection requirements with the Department’s regulations ...

The Department of Labor Publishes a Request for Information Inviting Interested Parties to Provide Information on Sources of Data and Methodologies for Determining Prevailing Wage Levels in the H-1B, H-1B1, E-3, and PERM Programs

The Department of Labor (Department) is seeking information on the best available sources of data and methodologies that can be used in computing different levels of wages based on the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) wage survey administered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics ...

USCIS Confirms Elimination of “Blank Space” Criteria

USCIS confirmed that it will no longer reject Form I-589, Form I-612, or Form I-918 if an applicant leaves a blank space. USCIS stated that it has reverted to the form rejection criteria it applied before October 2019 regarding blank responses for all forms.

Source: U.S. Citizenship and ...

USCIS Completes Initial H-1B Electronic Registration Selection Process and Extends Grace Period for New Form I-129

On March 30, 2021, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it had completed the initial FY2022 H-1B Cap-Subject Registration selections. As of April 1, 2021, petitioners who were selected during the registration period will be able to file Form I-129 for ...

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