Shutdown Delayed H Petitions Treated as Extraordinary Circumstance

During the federal government shutdown, Petitioners could not file H applications because they were unable to acquire the necessary certified Labor Condition ApplicationLCALabor Condition Application - A request to the Department of Labor for a foreign worker to work in the United States. This application is required for H-1(b), specialty occupationFor an alien entering the United States or...
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Proper Procedures in Light of E-Verify Shutdown

Due to the current federal government shutdown, E-Verify is disabled.  Employers are not able to access their E-Verify accounts and confirm employment eligibility.  As a result, USCIS has suspended certain rules and policies, and provided guidance on how employers should proceed during the shutdown. The “three-day rule” for E-Verify cases is suspended for cases affected by the shutdown....
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Tips for Avoiding EB-5 Investor Green Card Scams

The EB-5 program provides certain foreign investors who can demonstrate that their investments are creating jobs in this country, with a potential avenue to lawful permanent residency in the United States. Business owners apply to USCIS to be designated as “regional centers” for the EB-5 program.  These regional centers offer investment opportunities in “new commercial...
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DOL Not Processing PERM, LCAs or Prevailing Wages During Shutdown

Under the Federal government shutdown, U.S. Department of Laborcabinet level unit/ministry of United States Government that has responsibility for labor issues. It has responsibility for deciding whether certain foreign workers can work in the United States. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor web site. (DOLA cabinet level unit/ministry of United States Government that has...
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Immigrants and the Affordable Care Act

The following is published by the North Carolina Justice Center to help immigrants learn more about how they can benefit from the Affordable Care Act. What is the Affordable Care Act? On October 1, 2013 the Affordable Care Act opened a new online health insurance marketplace (exchange) in NC. In the new NC Health Marketplace, plans will cover what you need: doctor and hospital visits, maternity...
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