OFLC Wage Library Being Deprecated July 1
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
by Luna Ma
2d ago
The Foreign Labor Certification (FLC) Data Center houses the online wage library for prevailing wage determinations. A centralized database, the FLC Data Center collects and stores data on labor certifications filed by U.S. employers seeking to hire foreign workers under various visa programs. The database is designed to provide transparency and accountability in the foreign labor certification process, a critical step in obtaining a visa for foreign workers. The FLC Data Center is developed and maintained by the state of Utah under contract with the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Foreign ..read more
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NVC Resolves Issues in CEAC Creating Error Messages
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
by Caterina Cappellari‡ 
2w ago
Immigration professionals and clients have been reporting technical issues and error messages they received when attempting to access cases at the National Visa Center (NVC) through the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) system.  The NVC is part of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs and serves a clerical function in processing immigrant visa applications. The NVC’s job is to prepare immigrant visa applications for consular officers to review and adjudicate. The NVC utilizes an online platform through the CEAC where immigrant visa applicants can enter thei ..read more
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USCIS Receipt Notice Delays Persist
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
by Jack Jrada and Kate Kalmykov
3w ago
On April 1, 2024, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began implementing a newly overhauled fee schedule, along with substantive changes to several of its forms used to petition or apply for employment-based immigration benefits. These changes stem from the agency’s January 2024 final rule outlining the fee increases and procedural changes, which include: In a departure from the prior, simpler fee schedule, a detailed and tiered fee schedule based on various factors, including visa type, employer type, and size (number of employees). The introduction of an “asylum fee,” which no ..read more
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June 2024 Visa Bulletin Updates
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
by Patricia A. Elmas ˘
1M ago
On May 8, 2024, the U.S. State Department posted the June 2024 visa bulletin. The Dates for Filing Chart for June 2024, as shown below, is more favorable than the Final Action Dates Chart. The Dates for Filing chart for June 2024 only applies to those who are consular processing outside the United States. Dates for Filing U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it would continue to use the Final Action Dates chart again for June 2024, which saw no movement in most of the EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 categories. The only category with slight movement is EB-3 India which advanc ..read more
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June 5 EVENT | Foreign Funds Investing or Operating in the United States – Key Tax, Regulatory, and Immigration Updates
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
by Greenberg Traurig, LLP
1M ago
Please join GT Shareholders Kate Kalmykov, Erez Tucner, and Cynthia Marian for the next lunch-and-learn. The program will discuss: U.S. Tax Considerations Key U.S. tax considerations for foreign funds investing or operating in the United States U.S. trade or business income Dividends from U.S. corporations Interest from U.S. holding or portfolio companies or U.S. third-party borrowers Capital gains from sale of U.S. portfolio companies and FIRPTA Key relevant U.S. tax updates YA Global Tax Court decision (Nov. 15, 2023) Soroban Capital Partners Tax Court decision (Nov. 28, 2023) U.S. – Chil ..read more
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GT’s Immigration & Compliance Group and EB5AN Present a Four-City EB-5 Tour: Current State of Affairs & New Project Considerations
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
by Greenberg Traurig, LLP
1M ago
Please join GT Shareholder Kate Kalmykov and EB5AN for a four-city tour in the following cities: GT Miami – Thursday, April 25, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET GT Los Angeles – Tuesday, April 30, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. PT GT New York – Thursday, May 9, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET GT Atlanta – Tuesday, May 14, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET During each session, attorneys and regional center executives will discuss the status of the EB-5 program nearly two years after the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022 (RIA). Panelists will share key insights for EB-5 develope ..read more
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USCIS Increases Automatic Extension of Certain Employment Authorization Documents to 540 Days
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
by Faraz Qaisrani ‡
1M ago
On April 8, 2024, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a temporary final rule (TFR) that increases the automatic extension period for eligible employment authorization document (EAD) applications from 180 days to 540 days beyond the current EAD expiration date. The TFR’s 540-day automatic extension applies to pending EAD extension applications filed on or after Oct. 27, 2023, and to EAD extension applications filed between April 8, 2024, and Sept. 30, 2025. The TFR will remain effective until Sept. 20, 2027, thereby ensuring a full 540-day auto-extension period for EAD a ..read more
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Re-Parole Process Available for Ukrainian Citizens Effective February 2024
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
by Anna Reiff ‡
2M ago
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) continues to provide support to Ukrainian citizens and their immediate family members through a specialized re-parole process that went into effect Feb. 27, 2024. Eligibility Criteria: To qualify for re-parole, applicants must demonstrate: That they are a Ukrainian citizen or immediate family member who was paroled into the United States on or after Feb. 11, 2022; That there are continued urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit for a new period of parole, as well as any additional factors; That they warrant a favorab ..read more
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USCIS Completes Initial FY 2025 H-1B Cap Lottery Selection
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
by Lindsey Steinberg
2M ago
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced April 1, 2024, that they had received enough electronic registrations for unique beneficiaries during the initial registration period to reach the fiscal year (FY) 2025 H-1B quota of 65,0000 regular H-1B cap petitions along with 20,000 petitions allotted for the advanced degree exemption (master’s cap). USCIS has randomly selected enough properly submitted registrations for unique beneficiaries estimated as needed to reach the H-1B cap and has notified all prospective petitioners with selected beneficiaries that they are eligible to f ..read more
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Changes to Some Immigration Processes Starting April 1
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
by Patricia A. Elmas ˘
2M ago
On April 1, 2024, changes to various immigration processes will take effect, including the following: Certain USCIS Forms Take Effect—with No Grace Period. Starting April 1, 2024, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will only accept the 04/01/24 versions of Form I-129 and I-485. USCIS will use the postmark date of a filing to determine which form version and fees are correct but will use the received date for purposes of any regulatory or statutory filing deadlines. New USCIS Fees Take Effect. As GT previously reported, on Jan. 31, 2024, USCIS published a Fed ..read more
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