Category Archives: Department of Labor

DOL’s OFLC to “Clarify and Republish” Withdrawn PERM Drafting “Guidance”

Last month, the Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) announced that it had “temporarily removed” its latest Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ Round 14) document from its website. Originally published on March 6, the FAQs instructed that an employer must “define its [actual minimum job] requirements with respect to each skill listed” in Section H.14 of the labor … more

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Employment Agency Owner Charged with H-1B Fraud

From a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Press Release… The owner of a Los Angeles employment agency has been indicted on immigration fraud charges for allegedly filing more than 100 phony H-1B visa petitions on behalf of aliens she falsely claimed had been recruited for positions with prominent hospitals and non-profit organizations. Lilia Tabafunda, 57, the owner of People’s Resources … more

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The Great Overseas Jobs Creator

A US Chamber of Commerce sponsored event early this year underscored the visa challenges facing multinational giants.  Companies described their L-1 intracompany visa woes to USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas, reporting that they do not have the needed flexibility to deploy professional resources to the US for various projects, whether in the manufacturing sector or the information technology arena.  The bottom … more

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The DOL Prevailing Wage Fiasco: Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right

It’s been a tough year for the U.S. Department of Labor’s prevailing wage program. Federal District Court Judge Louis Pollak invalidated two regulatory provisions governing the calculation of wages that employers must pay to foreign H-2B workers. DOL was instructed to promulgate new regulations by December 28, 2010. The Agency thereafter sought to delay the inevitable and requested additional time … more

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