Monthly Archives: October 2015

BALCA Affirms CO’s Denial Where Beneficiary Has an Ownership Interest in Closely Held Company

The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA) upheld a Certifying Officer’s denial of an  Employer’s Application for Permanent Certification due to the fact that the beneficiary and her husband each had a 50% ownership interest in the sponsoring entity.

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USCIS’ Draft of Policy Manual Guidance on Extreme Hardship Available for Comment

USCIS has released a draft of the USCIS policy manual guidance on extreme hardship. This manual includes guidance on several different topics including: General considerations, interpretations, and adjudication steps Establishing a qualifying relative Extreme hardship factors Extreme hardship determinations Discretion

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Posted in In The News, USCIS New Policies/Procedures

Public Law 111-230 H-1B, L-1 Additional Fees Expire

H-1B and L-1 petitions filed on or after Oct. 1, 2015, should not include the additional fee that was previously required by Section 402 of Public Law 111-230, as amended by Public Law 111-347, for certain H-1B and L-1 petitions.

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District Court Denies TRO Against State Department in October Visa Bulletin Suit

On September 28, 2015, several beneficiaries of approved employment-based visa petitions for highly skilled workers filed a class action complaint seeking declaratory and injunctive relief. Plaintiffs asked the court to strike down the revised 9/25/15 version of the October Visa

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All Embassies and Consulates Will Be Closed 10/9/15 Due to Systems Upgrade

The Department of State has announced that all embassies and consulates will be closed to the public on Friday, October 9, 2015 due to a consular systems upgrade. People who have an appointment scheduled for that day will be contacted

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Posted in Consular Issues, In The News
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