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DOL Penalizes for H1B LCA Violations: Develop an Effective Compliance Strategy
In a settlement reached with the Department of Labor recently, a Southfield, Mich. Firm has agreed to pay $2,250,000 in back wages to 232 computer professionals and a $400,000 fine to settle immigration law violations. The company is also prohibited from participation in the H1B visa program for 18 months.
Visa Number Retrogression: Tough Times Continue for US Employers
In September 2005, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the Visa Bulletin for the month of October 2005 which reflects widespread ‘retrogression’ in most of the employmentbased (EB) immigrant visa categories, affecting individuals from China and India in particular. It is essential to understand the concept of ‘visa number’ and ‘retrogression’, as they have a huge impact on the employment based green card process and longterm immigration strategy.
E3 Visa Applications: Supporting Documents
The Visa Office has informed American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) of the supporting documents that will be required to establish eligibility for E3 visa issuance.
E3 Visa for Australians: An Overview
With the publication of the final rule, Australians are now able to apply for E3 visas to work in the United States.
Tightening H1B & L1 Visa Rules Hurt U.S. Business, Say Companies
Tight visa rules and their impact on the U.S. economy and business is a subject that never fails to spark controversy. The recent changes to the H1B and L1 visas rules have been a flashpoint of debate in the Tech Industry.
US Work Visas: Which One Should I Apply For?
There are many types of work visas, each with specific requirements as to type of position, type of employer, duration, etc. One of the most important steps in the visa application process is to determine what category/ies may be the most suitable, considering the nature of the position, your background and goals, and other factors.
‘Cover Me’ – The Blanket L Petition
The Blanket L program is designed to allow large multinational corporations to transfer their executives, managers, and specialized knowledge professionals to the U.S. without undergoing the often lengthy processing periods for regular L petitions.
I9 Compliance issues
If you are considering employing one or more persons for your business, you are required to comply with the USCIS requirements for verifying the identity and employment eligibility of each individual you hire. The Form I-9, employment eligibility verification, is used to establish the employment eligibility of persons being considered for employment, and therefore requiring you to hire only those persons who are eligible to legally work in the U.S. The Form I-9 must be completed for each employee within three days of the start of employment. If the duration of employment is less than three days, Form I-9 must be completed at the time employment begins. Ensuring I-9 Compliance is a key responsibility of U.S. employers.
Proposed legislative changes to H1B and L1 visas
The Fiscal Year 2005 Omnibus Appropriations Bill was approved by both the House and Senate on November 20, 2004. The Bill introduces many changes in the existing provisions relating to work visas.
H1B Labor Condition Application: An Overview
The Labor Condition Application, or LCA, is a prerequisite to H1B approval. The LCA, Form9035, contains basic information about the proposed H1B employment such as rate of pay, period of employment, and work location. It also contains four standard attestations or promises that the employer must make. The employer must document compliance with the LCA requirements in a public access file.

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