Immigrant Visas

PERM Statistics Show Decline in Applications Submitted

Posted November 4th, 2010 // No Comments »

An interesting report was just released by the U.S. Department of Labor which provides labor certification PERM program utilizing data from actual labor certification applications submitted by employers across the country.

The report tells us that in FY 2009, there was a decline in all application submitted and positions certified in permanent labor applications.

In FY 2008, there was a 42 percent decrease from FY 2007 in cases certified. Representing a further decline, however, is FY 2009, where there was a 40 percent decrease from the number of cases certified in FY 2008 (which is actually an 82% decrease from FY 2007). The decrease in permanent labor certifications reflects, in part, the impact the declining economy had on employment in the U.S. Indeed, professional, scientific, and technical services industries, which account for the largest number of permanent certifications in the PERM program, decreased over 37 percent.

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New USCIS Fee Increase: November 23rd

Posted October 18th, 2010 // No Comments »

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is increasing fees for immigration applications and petitions by an overall average of 10%. Although the 10% increase may sound modest, just three years ago USCIS increased the fee by an average of 66%. USCIS contends that the average 10% increase in filing fees are to close a projected $200 million deficit for 2010-2011. According to USCIS, budget cuts of $160 million were not enough to offset the gap between the agency’s projected $2.1 billion in revenue and $2.3 billion in costs. Also unfortunate is that we have seen a marked decrease in the quality and efficiency of adjudications since fees were raised in 2007 by 66%.

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A Peak at Some Possible Changes

Posted August 5th, 2010 // No Comments »

Can USCIS take immigration reform into their own hands without Congressional action to help employers and their international workforce?  Apparently USCIS is considering it. For years, many of us have been saying that USCIS should interpret existing law in more reasonable ways to improve economic growth and achieve significant process improvements so that companies can hire [...]

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