Newsletter - February 2011

Newsletter - February 2011
February 1, 2011
Erroneous PERM Denials on the Rise
Type "PERM denial" into a search engine and it becomes apparent: erroneous PERM denials are becoming widespread. Frustrating stories abound in online forums about cases that have been pending for two years, due to an audit, only to be denied in the end with illogical rationale or plain government error.(more)

Export Control Compliance Certification Required on Form I-129 Starting February 20th
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will be requiring employers to complete the part of form I-129 used to certify the company is in compliance with export control regulations. The export control certification requirement was supposed to take effect last December, but was postponed. (more)

How's Your "VIBE": USCIS Close to Utilizing a New Business Verification System
USCIS has started testing VIBE (Validation Instrument for Business Enterprises), which will be used to verify petitioner/company information. (more)

L-1 Visa Applicants Using Blanket L Approval Likely to Receive USCIS-Level of Scrutiny
For at least two years now, USCIS has again and again increased scrutiny of L-1B petitions (for "specialized knowledge" employees). First came very burdensome requests for evidence, next came the denials. (more)

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