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PERM Softly Creeping: Backlog Reduction, Regional Processing And Other Troubling Sounds Of Silence
For years now, U.S. employers and immigration lawyers have been waiting in
fearful anticipation. Apprehensively, we anticipate the oft-promised,
long-delayed arrival of the Labor Department's PERM regulation - the new
"streamlined' regime governing U.S. labor-market testing.
While "mum's [still] the word" on the contents of PERM, or even the
confirmed date of its publication, other profound developments will soon
transform labor certification practice. These significant changes loom on
the immediate horizon
Urgent questions arise but the government to date has responded only with
the sounds of silence:
- Two "BRCs" (Backlog Reduction Centers) have been established in Dallas
- Mildewed cases filed years ago are now being trucked from the State
Workforce Agencies to the BRCs, reportedly for "first-in, first-out"
- The Alien Employment Certification staff at the SWAs have been
assigned other duties or given pink slips.
- SWAs will no longer process labor certifications but merely provide
prevailing wage determinations.
- Non-Government Contractors operating under a performance agreement
have two years to plough through the backlog.
- Whether or not PERM arrives before year-end as promised, starting no
later than March, 2005 ALL applications must be filed and adjudicated at
the two NPCs (National Processing Centers).
- Meantime, the State Department predicts a retrogression of priority
dates in January, and immigration attorneys and employers must decide on
strategies for today's cases.
- Is "Reduction in Recruitment" still a viable strategy?
- Can we afford to await the time required for pre-filing
- Will "Traditional" labor certification cases be processed more quickly
than the RIRs in light of the new backlog-reduction initiatives?
- How long will be the after-life of "business necessity", "experience
gained with an affiliated employer abroad" and other common-law
enhancements to labor-certification practice?
- Will the Labor Department's new fraud-prevention measures unfairly
entangle and delay legitimate cases?
- How should we prepare our submissions so that newly-trained
contractors do not wrongly reject or deny applications?
- What can be done to challenge inflated prevailing-wage determinations
once the 95% rule is history?
- How do we best position our cases to allow conversion or upgrading to
the new PERM process?
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USCIS Says Target Cycle Times Met In 9 Of 13 Application Types For 3rd Quarter, FY 2004
The USCIS released its Backlog Elimination Plan 3rd Quarter update for Fiscal Year 2004 and announced that the target cycle times for FY 2004 have been met or exceeded in 9 of the 13 applications types tracked in the Backlog Elimination Plan.
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I write to commend Representative Sheila Jackson Lee for her article entitled "Why is the Department of Homeland Security Determined to deport Malik Jarno?". Through profiling DHS' pursuit of a mentally retarded orphan, Congresswoman Jackson Lee has made the case for why Congress should exercise its authority to provide close oversight over DHS' policies, procedures and operations. In the absence of effective oversight, DHS' unfettered power can easily be abused towards individuals such as Malik. In Malik's case, it appears from the Congresswoman's article that DHS have crossed a line and have forced Malik into a Kafkaesque situation. They badgered Malik's witnesses from testifying while not producing their own witnesses necessary to explain the naked contradictions in their evidence. For example, how can DHS at one point dismiss Malik's identity based on their overseas investigation to Guinea into his birth certificate but at another point assert Malik's identity based on the same birth certificate to Guinean officials? In our democracy, as an executive branch agency, DHS must remain accountable to Congress and the people for their actions. I thank Congresswoman Jackson Lee for reminding us of this lesson. Let us hope that Malik and other unaccompanied children who seek asylum are dealt with in more humane manner in the future.
In response to the inquiry of ex-immigration officer, Larry, I too, have been perplexed by the never-ending procession of immigration acronyms. Understandably, Larry was unfamiliar with the acronyms PERM and SSW, because these are not immigration service, but Department of Labor, acronyms. Since immigration law is a multi-agency practice, spanning DHS (Department of Homeland Security), DOL (Department of Labor), and DOS (Department of State) it is indeed very difficult to keep up with the ever-increasing stream of government acronyms. Immigration Daily previously carried a .pdf file of immigration acronyms. Perhaps Immigration Daily could further research the acronyms of DOL and DOS, and publish them for the convenience of all readers. With these three acronym lists, even immigration novices will be better prepared to go out and slay the three headed dragon.
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
I am pleased to announce that my office filed a Declaratory Relief Complaint agst USCIS, Ashcroft,
DHS, and Yates on Nov 29 after the CIS denied adjustment of status to my client, Jiffy Javellana
because his wife is a post-op transsexual, (m-f). Although her natz and U.S. passport say "female", the
CIS refuses to recognize their marriage. Since Jiffy came to the US on a K-1 visa their is no I-130
denial and the only avenue for appeal is the Declaratory Relief Action. This is the first Federal
lawsuit in this area. Government reply is due Jan. 29.
Sherman Oaks, California
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N. Potomac, MD
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The latest Senate engrossed version of the intelligence reform bills now contain provisions that did not even exist in the house version HR 10. In effect this version is worse than the original House version in its anti-immigrant and xenophobic policies. Sec. 3006: The EAH version adds "a domestically issued
document that the Secretary of Homeland Security designates as reliable for this purpose and that
cannot be issued to an alien unlawfully present in the United States[.]" This verbiage will effectively
pressure all state DMVs into issuing no IDs or licenses to undocumented immigrants and non-immigrant visitors/temporary residents (or the IDs/DLs from that entire state will become useless for federal purposes). Sec. 3052 (a) (1): "Beginning 3 years after the date of the enactment of this Act, a Federal agency may not
accept, for any official purpose, a driver's license
or identification card issued by a State to any person
unless the State is meeting the requirements of this
section." -- Same effects as Sec. 3006.
Sec. 3052 (c) (2) (B): "Evidence of legal status- A
State shall require, before issuing a driver's license
or identification card to a person, valid documentary
evidence that the person..." - This is new in this
version, not even part of the House version.
Apparently this part has been sneaked in by the
conferrees without being taken to the floor.
Sec. 3052 (c) (2) (C), also new here, provides for
so-called "temporary" identification cards (valid for
one year or until the expiration of visa). The
temporary card would be clearly marked "Temporary"
possibly causing discriminatory treatments in various
places. This provision also makes it impossible for
state governments to issue identification or driving
license to those who are either undocumented or their
immigration statuses are in "limbo."
Sec. 3052 (c) (4) (B): "The State shall not accept any
foreign document, other than an official passport..." - the infamous anti-matricula measure.
And here is the bombshell: Sec. 3052 (c) (4) (C):
"Not later than September 11, 2005, the State shall
enter into a memorandum of understanding with the
Secretary of Homeland Security to routinely utilize
the automated system known as Systematic Alien
Verification for Entitlements, as provided for by
section 404 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and
Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (110 Stat.
3009-664), to verify the legal presence status of a
person, other than a United States citizen, applying
for a driver's license or identification card."
Apart from the undue and unconstitutional federal
interference on the internal matters of the sovereign
state, this paragraph means that all applications for
driving licenses and state ID cards will be entered in
the database maintained by the U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement (ICE). This will clearly open
doors for racial profiling (causing DMV employees to
turn in the names and information of any "Mexican" or
"Arab" looking people into the ICE computer system),
and create thousands of scenarios similar to what
happened recently in the state of New York, in which
someone who applied for renewal of her driving license
were three days later arrested by ICE agents.
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