Articles Posted in Employment Based


How to File PERM Applications for Traveling Employees

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the PERM regulations, which govern the labor certification process for the permanent employment of immigrant foreign workers and establish responsibilities of employers who wish to employ these workers permanently in the United States. The Department has not comprehensively examined or modified the PERM…


L-1A Intracompany Transferee as a Means to Invest

In October 2011, the US Citizenship & Immigration Service began a new initiative called the “Entrepreneur in Residence” (EIR) program and launched a new interactive website a year later called “Entrepreneur Pathways,” intending to emphasize a new USCIS horizon in the usage of various visa types to welcome foreign investors…


Obama’s Immigration Action, Part 2: Addressing the “Broken System”

Modernizing the PERM Process There are some problems with the current labor certification process, which is also known the PERM process. PERM (which stands for program electronic review management), is the first step to obtaining employment based permanent residence. It must be approved before an I-140, immigrant petition for alien…


New E-Verify Security Enhancement Permits USCIS to Lock Social Security Numbers

Love it or hate it, the Department of Homeland Security’s E-Verify Program, which enables employers to verify employment eligibility of new employees electronically, is likely here to stay. Since its introduction in 2008, a major concern with E-Verify was the fact that the program was not able to catch an…


What’s to Come: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Predictions for Immigrant Visa Processing Times for 2014

In 2013, we saw some interesting changes in processing times, from rapid progressions in some visa categories to retrogression in others. Using the latest Visa Bulletin for January 2014 along with the predictions made by Charles Oppenheim of the Visa Office, our team has come up with some of our…


A Unique Opportunity for Chinese Nationals Seeking Employment-Based Immigrant Visas

Since the June 2013 Visa Bulletin was released, the priority date cut-off for Chinese nationals filing under the EB-3 immigrant visa category has been more recent than the priority date cut-off for the EB-2 visa category. In fact, the cut-off date for EB-3 visas for Chinese nationals has progressed nearly…