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The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is in the process of reviewing a draft regulation submitted by the Department of Labor (DOL) that is expected to revise wage level methodologies and requirements for the H-1B, H-1B1, E-3, and PERM labor certification application programs. The PERM labor certification application is the first step in the three-step […]

Nearly four months after U.S. consular posts around the world shut down routine visa services due to COVID-19, the U.S. State Department announced via Twitter on July 13 that beginning on July 15, certain U.S. consulates may begin the phased resumption of routine visa services. U.S. consulates will not reopen in unison, but rather each consulate’s reopening will be based on the specific local conditions […]

After a week of outcry and a flurry of lawsuits, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has indicated it will rescind the guidance it previously issued on July 6, 2020 that would have required F-1 and M-1 international students to take in-person courses during the fall semester of 2020 despite the ongoing pandemic and new hot […]

With the continued spread of COVID-19 around the world and the record number of positive cases in the United States, it is difficult to understand why Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is reversing course and will now require in-person classes starting in August in order for F-1 international students to continue their studies at accredited institutions and […]