DOL releases PERM data

The DOL has released final data for FY 2015 for the PERM program. Almost 70% of applications were filed for IT and engineering positions and almost half of all filings required an advanced degree. The approval rate for cases adjudicated was over 90%. The data and processing times suggest a backlog is forming as they… Continue reading DOL releases PERM data

PERM Denials Soar !

The DOL recently released FY2015 3rd Quarter data from its PERM program and the number of denials increased by over 100% when compared to 2nd Quarter. The stats revealed that denials have risen to over 11% of all applications and 22% of applications are currently under audit.

NH Painting Contractor to Pay Nearly $500K in Wages, Dmanages and Penalties

A NH painting contractor was charged in October 2012 for violations of the Fair Standards Labor Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage, overtime and record keeping requirements. In 2014, the Department of Labor (DOL) obtained a preliminary injunction preventing the contractor from intimidating, retaliating or discriminating again current or former employees involved in the investigation and lawsuit.… Continue reading NH Painting Contractor to Pay Nearly $500K in Wages, Dmanages and Penalties

PERM stats

The DOL has released updated PERM stats which reveal some interesting tidbits. The number of PERM applications received this year over the same time period in FY 2014 is up over 25%. Of cases where a decision has been reached, less than 10% have been denied. Over 30% of cases are currently in audit review… Continue reading PERM stats

PERM SYSTEM PASSWORD CHANGE ALERT

On August 25, 2014, the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) implemented new password requirements for enhanced security. As such, on or before November 23, 2014, all Permanent Case Management System (PERM) users will be required to change their existing passwords. In addition, PERM users will be required to change their passwords every 90 days.… Continue reading PERM SYSTEM PASSWORD CHANGE ALERT

Federal Judge Rules Against the DOL in H-1b LCA Investigation

And they say ignorance and poor advice doesn’t pay off ! In this case it sure did. A Federal Judge ruled in favor of an IT Staffing co. and stated that they did not willfully violate the DOL’s posting regulations when they failed to post at 3rd party sites where they placed H-1b workers because they had… Continue reading Federal Judge Rules Against the DOL in H-1b LCA Investigation

DOL PERM Policy and Reality Do Not Mix

Over the past several weeks, the DOL has been denying PERM cases for IT professionals which allow for engineering degrees as an educational requirement or alternative. This new policy has been widely reported by AILA attorneys and others. The explanation by the DOL is that an engineering degree is not the type of degree that would normally… Continue reading DOL PERM Policy and Reality Do Not Mix