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FAQ October 2020 Visa Bulletin

On September 24, 2020, the Department of State (DOS) released the highly-anticipated October 2020 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin, released monthly by the DOS, provides updated dates on when a foreign national can submit their Adjustment of Status (AOS) application or have their AOS case adjudicated. The submission of an AOS application is the final step […]

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October 2020 Visa Bulletin Provides Significant Forward Movement for Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applications

On September 24, 2020, the Department of State (DOS) released the October 2020 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin, released monthly by the DOS, provides updated dates on when a foreign national can submit his/her Adjustment of Status (AOS) application or have his/her AOS case adjudicated. The submission and adjudication of the AOS application are the final steps […]

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Temporary Freeze to the Public Charge Rule

On July 29, 2020 a federal judge for the Southern District of New York issued two rulings that put a temporary freeze on the Public Charge Rule, as implemented by the Trump Administration on February 24, 2020, while a national health emergency is in place. What is the Public Charge Rule? The Public Charge Rule […]

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The Difference Between EB-2 & EB-3 PERMs

In an employment-based green card case based on a PERM labor certification, there are two possible categories: EB2 and EB3. Some of you watching might know that the difference between these two categories is significant, boiling mostly down to concerns with processing times. The EB-2 or EB-3 category impacts the timing of the applicant’s ability […]

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Visa Bulletin, Priority Dates, & PERMs

In PERM green card cases, you might often hear the term “priority date.”  So what exactly is that, and how does it relate to the Visa Bulletin? Well, the number of employment-based green cards issued each year is limited to a statutory threshold. Since there are more people who apply than the number of immigrant visas […]

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Employee Layoffs & PERM Labor Certifications: Things to Know

What are PERM Labor Certifications? A permanent labor certification (hereinafter “PERM” or “PERM Labor Certificate”) is issued by the Department of Labor (“DOL”) which allows a U.S. employer to hire a foreign worker to work permanently in the United States.  In most instances, the U.S. employer must submit a labor certification application to the DOL’s […]

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Tips for Drafting the PERM Job Description

The PERM green card process is quite a time-consuming and expensive investment that requires technical review and thoughtful strategizing at the outset. The full PERM process itself before filing an I-140 petition takes months, typically at least six to eight at a minimum.  When working with my clients, we spend a good amount of time […]

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PERM & I-140 Work Experience Letters

At the I-140 stage of filing a PERM green card, employees must prove that they gained the required work experience and skills noted on the certified PERM.  How do they do it? With work experience and employment confirmation letters from their former employers. USCIS is pretty nit-picky with these letters. The best kind of evidence is […]

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What Exactly is the Purpose of PERM in the Green Card Process?

PERM is an electronically-filed, attestation-based application filed with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) by an employer who wishes to sponsor a foreign national for an employment-based green card. The PERM exists as a way for the DOL to help make sure that employers are not using the immigration system to take jobs from U.S. […]

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