Labor Certs 2004
The massive 300,000 applications backlog for labor certification prompted the DOL to engage an outside contractor to conduct a simulation study for six months and process 1,500+ applications for labor certification. At the conclusion of the simulation, the contractor prepared a draft training manual which DOL contemplates will be used in establishing a "service center" type of processing for backlogged labor certs in 2004. Of particular interest in the draft training manual, are Appendix A-4 which sets forth appropriate and inappropriate reasons for rejecting US workers and Appendix A-5 which sets forth what appears to be a whole slew of additional documentation required of live-in household domestic workers.
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DOL/ETA Draft Training Manual For Centralized Processing Of Foreign Labor Certification BackLog
This draft training manual describes in detail the preparation for full-scale implementation and the viability of contracting out and centralizing the processing of the backlogged Foreign Labor Certification cases at a single location. This in connection with the proposed backlog reduction measures at DOL for which $100 million plus of government funding is to be appropriated in 2004 and 2005.
Testimony On Visa Approval Backlog And Its Impact On Small Businesses
The House Committee on Small Business received testimony from the following individuals: Ms. Janice Jacobs
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Visa Services, Department of State; Mr. William J. McHale, Vice President of Sales
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Deputy Assistant Director Federal Bureau of Investigations; Mr. Chip Storie, Vice President Aerospace Sales Cincinnati Machine (OH); Ms. Palma R. Yanni, President Elect America Immigration Lawyers Association.
DHS Announcement On Refugee And Asylum Claims
The Department of Homeland Security summarized its agency actions regarding the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) for FY '03.
Lawsuit Filed To Stop Inclusion Of Immigrant Names To FBI's Fugitive Database
The Washington Times reports "Several pro-immigration and civil rights groups yesterday filed a class-action lawsuit to stop the government from entering immigration information into a national crime database, saying the data is being misused in the wake of the September 11 attacks on America.
Immigration Reform Shaping Up For 2004
A op-ed in the Fresno Bee says "The Bush administration is about to get off the sidelines in an immigration reform fight shaping up for early next year."
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