Nachman Phulwani Zimovcak (NPZ) Law Group, P.C. - U.S. and Canadian Immigration and Nationality Newsletter and Update.
In This Issue:
YOUR IMMIGRATION LAWYERS, MICHAEL PHULWANI, ESQ. AND DAVID NACHMAN, ESQ. AND LUDKA ZIMOVCAK, ESQ. PROVIDE U.S. IMMIGRATION LAW UPDATES ON TV ASIA AND ITV: VLOG & USCIS NEWS UPDATES ON YOUTUBE AND THE WEB.
IT HAS BEEN 10 YEARS! DEPARTMENT OF LABOR TO PURSUE MODERNIZED RECRUITMENT AND APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS.
T IS H-1B SEASON - TIME TO GET THOSE PETITIONS READY: H-1B NONIMMIGRANT PROFESSIONAL AND SPECIALTY OCCUPATION WORK VISAS.
SUBMITTING AN H-1B PETITION ON APRIL 1st: WHAT PROSPECTIVE H-1B EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES NEED TO KNOW (PART I).
SUBMITTING AN H-1B PETITION ON...APRIL 1st...: WHAT PROSPECTIVE H-1B EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES NEED TO KNOW (PART II).
USCIS REVISES FORM: REVISED I-129 FORM NOW AVAILABLE BUT IMPLEMENTATION IS DELAYED.
DHS CONSIDERING "KNOWN EMPLOYER" PILOT PROGRAM - THE GOAL IS TO AID U.S. - CANADA BUSINESS TRAVEL.
TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS EXTENDED FOR EL SALVADOR.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE REPORTS THAT THE FEBRUARY 2015 VISA BULLETIN IS OUT!
PRESENTAR UNA PETICIÓN H-1B EL 1 DE ABRIL: ¿QUÉ NECESITAN SABER LOS POTENCIALES EMPLEADORES Y LOS EMPLEADOS H-1B? [PARTE I]
Acción Ejecutiva de Responsabilidad de Inmigración fue anunciada por el presidente Obama. ¿Es usted o alguien que usted conoce un Beneficiario? (Parte I)
Acción Ejecutiva de Responsabilidad de Inmigración fue anunciada por el presidente Obama. ¿Es usted o alguien que usted conoce un Beneficiario? (Parte II)
IMMIGRATION LAW YOUTUBE VIDEO: CUTOFF DATES FOR FEBRUARY 2015 | MICHAEL PHULWANI, ESQ. IS VISITING INDIA.
IMMIGRATION LAW YOUTUBE VIDEO: EXECUTIVE ACTION ON NOVEMBER 20th, 2014 | H-1B SEASON | USCIS DECISIONS.
HOW DO I GET AN H-1B JOB? H-1B Season - Am I Eligible To Get Professional Position?

UPCOMING EVENTS

  

2015 Hot Topics In Family/Immigration Law Practice

 

 

When: Wednesday, January 21th, 2015

 

Time: 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

 

Where:

New Jersey Law Center
One Constitution Square
New Brunswick, NJ 

 

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WHAT HR MANAGERS NEED TO KNOW TO PROTECT EMPLOYER'S FROM I-9 VIOLATIONS 

 

Where: 3/18/2015

 

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5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

 

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Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604

 

 
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Dear Readers:   
 
Happy new year to all. We hope that your New 2015 Year is off to a good start. NPZ's New Year has been off to a very busy and exciting start. We continue to assist employers, families and individuals to understand and take advantage of beneficial U.S. and Canadian immigration law provisions so they can recognize their New Year Resolutions. We also continue to work to expand our immigration law practice through our new office in Indianapolis, Indiana.  

On November 20th and 21st, 2014, President Obama announced several policy changes aimed at fixing our dysfunctional immigration system. These modifications included the creation of the Deferred Action for Parents of U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Resident (DAPA) Children Program; an expansion of the existing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program; an Expansion of the I-601A Provisional Waiver Program; and several other proposed immigration enforcement reforms. We have detailed these announcements and initiatives in several of our earlier monthly e-zines and will continue to do so as we get new information. 

To assist our readership, we have detailed information about the President's Administrative Relief in a new website at http://www.visaserve.biz That site is specifically focused on President Obama's Administrative Relief Programs. It continues to be our hope that potential beneficiaries of these new programs will review the information that the NPZ Law Group has provided on that site and seek those benefits once they become available. 

The information we have provided includes an overview of policy changes related to immigrant worker protections, such as the expansion of the certification processes for U visas and T visas and the creation of a federal interagency working group to promote the consistent enforcement of labor, employment, and immigration laws. It is just as important for our employer and HR professional readership to be familiar with these proposals as it is for our employee and individual readers. 

As anticipated, Congress is in the process of waging a battle with President Obama over the Immigration Reform initiatives. It is no surprise that several States have filed a lawsuit to enjoin the institution of the Executive Action and Administrative Reliefs. Also, Congress is working to devise ways to cut-off USCIS funding for the implementation of Obama's Executive Relief. What appears clearly to be the case is that each political party is actively seeking to make the other one look bad with regard to steps to modify the U.S. immigration law system. Of course this senseless infighting will lead to a further rift that will lead to "resistance to compromise". 

As we move into the new year, we will keep you informed about the new DACA, DAPA and Provisional Waiver Programs (and others). We are also carefully monitoring the potential implementation of any USCIS pro-business immigration initiatives. As we begin to enter the H-1B Season and as we begin to submit LCA documents to the DOL for our business clients, it continues to be our hope that pro-employment immigration initiatives will help overshadow anti-immigration sentiment of the radical sects in the GOP. 

For more information about the H-1B Season, filing an H-1B for your foreign employees, DAPA, DACA or any other of the newly proposed Executive Action Relief Programs, please feel free to contact the immigration and nationality law attorneys or immigration lawyers at the NPZ Law Group by e-mailing us at info@visaserve.com or by calling us at 201-670-0006 (x107). Additionally, if you feel that you may be the potential beneficiary of some other immigration benefit, please feel free to send us a quick e-mail so we can guide you accordingly.

IT HAS BEEN 10 YEARS! DEPARTMENT OF LABOR TO PURSUE MODERNIZED RECRUITMENT AND APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PERM PROGRAM.


This year marks the 10th anniversary of the PERM regulations, which govern the labor certification process for the permanent employment of immigrant foreign workers and establish responsibilities of employers who wish to employ these workers permanently in the United States.  

 

Before the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may approve certain petitions and the Department of State (DOS) may issue visas and admit certain individuals to work permanently in the U.S., the Secretary of Labor must certify to the Secretaries of Homeland Security and State that (a) there are not sufficient U.S. workers who are able, willing, qualified, and available at the time of application in the place where the individual is to perform the work, and that (b) the employment of the individual will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers.

 

Over time, demands for labor have increased, and surpluses for various types of workers have changed. Advances in technology and information dissemination have dramatically altered common industry recruitment practices, and the DOL has received ongoing feedback that the existing regulatory requirements governing the PERM recruitment process frequently do not align with worker or industry needs and practices. To respond to change, the DOL will be initiating a review of the PERM program and relevant regulations.

 

TO READ MORE, PLEASE CLICK HERE . . . 
IT IS H-1B SEASON - TIME TO GET THOSE PETITIONS READY: H-1B NONIMMIGRANT PROFESSIONAL AND SPECIALTY OCCUPATION WORK VISA FILING TIPS FOR APRIL 1ST 2015.

H-1B season has begun and the H-1B deadline is rapidly approaching and all the highly-skilled foreign national professionals are getting their feet ready to run the race. It's really important at this time to understand and know some of the tips and tricks to develop a solid H-1B filing strategy.  

 

NPZ Law Group, P.C.'s immigration attorneys would like to pass along some helpful H-1B visa filing tips to our readers. The guide covers various issues such as LCA filings, timeline errors, filing fees and more.

 

TO READ THE "H-1B FILING TIPS", PLEASE CLICK HERE . . . 

SUBMITTING AN H-1B PETITION ON APRIL 1st: WHAT PROSPECTIVE H-1B EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES NEED TO KNOW? [Part I ] By: Michael Phulwani, Esq., David H. Nachman, Esq., and Rabindra K. Singh, Esq.
Although the U.S. economy slowed down a bit during the fourth quarter of 2014, recent reports suggest that it would pick-up again because of continued job growth, consumer confidence and spending increases. What does this mean for the immigration practitioners, professionals, and prospective H-1B employers and employees?

Assuming that the economy performs as projected, it is highly likely that we will once again, as we did in 2014, witness the H-1B lottery (technically referred to as "Random Selection Process") during April 2015. To better prepare for the H-1B cap, this article endeavors to summarize a few practice pointers which every prospective H-1B employer and employee should know.
 
SUBMITTING AN H-1B PETITION ON APRIL 1st: WHAT PROSPECTIVE H-1B EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES NEED TO KNOW? [Part II] By: Michael Phulwani, Esq., David H. Nachman, Esq., and Rabindra K. Singh, Esq.

Although the U.S. economy slowed a bit during the fourth quarter of 2014, recent reports suggest that it would pick-up again because of continued job growth, consumer confidence and spending increases. What does this mean for the immigration practitioners, professionals, and prospective H-1B employers and employees?  

 

Assuming that the economy performs as projected, it is highly likely that we will once again, as we did in 2014, witness the H-1B lottery (technically referred to as "Random Selection Process") during April 2015. To better prepare for the H-1B cap, this article endeavors to summarize a few practice pointers which every prospective H-1B employer and employee should know.

 

FOR DETAILED INFORMATION ON "FEW PRACTICE POINTERS FOR H-1B EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEE", PLEASE CLICK HERE . . . 

USCIS REVISES FORM: REVISED I-129 FORM NOW AVAILABLE BUT IMPLEMENTATION IS DELAYED.

Form I-129 is the form used for filing the petition for a non-immigrant worker by the employer in the U.S. USCIS recently published the revised Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. The revised Form I-129 is labeled with an October 23rd, 2014, edition date. You can download the revised form and details about who may file Form I-129 from the USCIS website.

 

Starting on May 1st, 2015, USCIS will accept only the October 23rd, 2014, edition of Form I-129. USCIS will not accept previous editions of Forms I-129 (edition dates: Oct. 7, 2011, Jan. 19, 2011, and Nov. 23, 2010) on or after May 1st, 2015

 

FOR DETAILED INFORMATION, PLEASE CLICK HERE . . . 

DHS CONSIDERING "KNOWN EMPLOYER" PILOT PROGRAM - THE GOAL IS TO AID U.S. - CANADA BUSINESS TRAVEL.

On January 8th, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering a "Known Employer" pilot program to streamline adjudication of certain types of employment-based immigration benefit requests filed by eligible U.S. employers.   

 

The "Known Employer" pilot program, which the Department expects to commence by late 2015, is intended to test a program designed to make adjudications more efficient and less costly, while reducing paperwork and delays for both the Department and U.S. employers who seek to employ foreign workers.

 

The goal of the pilot program would be to expedite or otherwise facilitate legitimate cross-border business travel along the Northern border ports-of-entry, which is a bi-national commitment under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as well as the U.S.-Canada Beyond the Border initiative. 

 

 FOR DETAILED INFORMATION, PLEASE CLICK HERE . . . 

 

TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS EXTENDED FOR EL SALVADOR.

On January 7th 2015, USCIS issued an announcement indicating the extension of Temporary Protected Status for eligible nationals of El Salvador for an additional 18 months, effective from March 10th, 2015, through September 9th, 2016.

 

Current TPS El Salvador beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from January 7th, 2015, through March 9th, 2015.

 

The 18-month extension allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Eligible TPS beneficiaries who re-register during the 60-day period and request a new EAD will receive one with an expiration date of Sepember 9th, 2016.

 

 TO READ MORE, PLEASE CLICK HERE . . . 

 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE REPORTS THAT THE FEBRUARY 2015 VISA BULLETIN IS OUT! CHECK TO SEE IF YOUR PRIORITY DATE IS CURRENT.  

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the February 2015 Visa Bulletin. The biggest news is the continued progression of the Philippines EB-3, the Worldwide-All Other EB-3 date and the Mexican EB-3 date. These are all now at January 2014. India EB-2 saw a jump in dates as well. We are pleased to see that it advanced seven months and is now at September 2005. Unfortunately, India EB-3 continued to move slowly and has only advanced to December 2003. 

 

The Chinese EB-2 and EB-3 numbers continued to move inconsistently. China EB-3 remains ahead of China EB-2 which has been the case for much of the last two years. The Visa Bulletin contained projections which, although interesting, are only "predictions". However, it continues to be our hope that the recent announcement by President Obama about proposed modifications to the Visa Delivery Process will prompt additional advancements and transparency in the visa issuance process. 

 

We encourage our readers to view our YOUTUBE video in which we provide a complete analysis of the February Priority Dates and in which NPZ Law Group's Managing Attorneys, Michael Phulwani, Esq. and David Nachman, Esq., clearly describe some of the potential reasons for the advancements in the priority dates in the Visa Bulletin this month and what the predictions hold for the coming months and why those predictions may or may not be accurate. 

 

FOR DETAILED INFORMATION, PLEASE CLICK HERE . . . 


H-1B ARTICLES SERIES IN SPANISH | PRESIDENT EXECUTIVE ACTION ARTICLES SERIES IN SPANISH - FEEL FREE TO SHARE.

PRESENTAR UNA PETICIÓN H-1B EL 1 DE ABRIL: ¿QUÉ NECESITAN SABER LOS POTENCIALES EMPLEADORES Y LOS EMPLEADOS H-1B? [PARTE I] Por: Michael Phulwani, Esq, David H. Nachman, Esq, y Rabindra K. Singh, Esq.
Aunque la economía de Estados Unidos se desaceleró un poco durante el cuarto trimestre de 2014, los informes recientes sugieren que habrá un nuevo repunte debido al crecimiento de empleo continuo, la confianza del consumidor y el aumento de gastos. ¿Qué significa esto para los profesionales de inmigración, profesionales, empleadores y posibles empleados H-1B? Suponiendo que la economía se lleva a cabo según lo proyectado, es muy probable que veamos a una vez más, como lo vimos en 2014, la lotería H-1B (técnicamente denominado "Proceso de selección aleatorio") durante abril del 2015. Para prepararse mejor para el límite de H-1B, este artículo pretende resumir algunas sugerencias prácticas que cada prospectivo empleador y empleado H-1B deben saber.

 

TO READ MORE, PLEASE CLICK HERE . . . 

Acción Ejecutiva de Responsabilidad de Inmigración fue anunciada por el presidente Obama. ¿Es usted o alguien que usted conoce un Beneficiario? (Parte I) 

Después de años, el presidente Obama ha anunciado finalmente su plan de Alivio Administrativo. No es una "Decisión Ejecutiva". No es un proyecto de ley de inmigración (aunque se espera que pueda dar lugar a una). El programa que irá bajo el nombre "La Acción Ejecutiva de Responsabilidad de Inmigración".

 

Lo que sigue es una breve descripción de algunos de los aspectos más destacados del plan del presidente.

 

TO READ MORE, PLEASE CLICK HERE . . . 

Acción Ejecutiva de Responsabilidad de Inmigración fue anunciada por el presidente Obama. ¿Es usted o alguien que usted conoce un Beneficiario? (Parte II) 

Después de años, el presidente Obama ha anunciado finalmente su plan de Alivio Administrativo. No es una "Decisión Ejecutiva". No es un proyecto de ley de inmigración (aunque se espera que pueda dar lugar a una). El programa que irá bajo el nombre "La Acción Ejecutiva de Responsabilidad de Inmigración".

 

Lo que sigue es una breve descripción de algunos de los aspectos más destacados del plan del presidente.

 

TO READ MORE, PLEASE CLICK HERE . . . 


"IMMIGRATION NEWS AND VIEWS" - NPZ'S NEW PRACTICAL SERIES ON YOUTUBE ABOUT VARIOUS U.S. AND CANADIAN IMMIGRATION LAW ISSUES.

IMMIGRATION LAW YOUTUBE VIDEO: CUTOFF DATES FOR FEBRUARY 2015 | MICHAEL PHULWANI, ESQ. IS VISITING  THE CONSULATES IN INDIA.

 
-Visa Bulletin for February 2015
-Indiana Office of NPZ to better serve our clients
- Michael Phulwani, Esq.'s Trip to India in January 2015
- Meeting with Consuls in Mumbai and New Delhi
- Visit of Obama and Secretary of State to India
- Investor Treaty between India and the U.S.
-Projections for priority dates for visa categories
- Movement in family-based petitions
- Movement in employment-based especially for EB-2
- Unavailability of numbers for Chinese Nationals 
IMMIGRATION LAW YOUTUBE VIDEO: EXECUTIVE ACTION ON NOVEMBER 20th, 2014 | H-1B VISA PETITION SEASON | USCIS DECISIONS.

 
- Executive Action on November 20, 2014
- Predictions of movement in visa numbers
- Unused visas to be used or taken
- Possibility of visa numbers used only for primary beneficiaries
- National Interest Waiver (NIW) visa category to be liberalized
- Possibility of certain categories being eliminated
- H-1B Season - Preparing for H-1B filings
- Preparing necessary documents
- USCIS decisions and improper determinations
- Lack of training of USCIS officers
- Challenge denial decisions from USCIS 
HOW DO I GET AN H-1B JOB? H-1B Season - Am I Eligible To Get Professional Position for
H-1B Sponsorship in the U.S.?
 

Because we have received so many inquiries about whether NPZ Law Group helps to find H-1B jobs for our clients, and because we, as an Immigration Law Firm, do NOT (as a matter of course) find jobs for individuals . . . we have decided to join with our partners (here in the U.S. and in Canada) to create/refer a JOB BOARD.

 

The JOB Board - USA FIND JOB - is a JOB BOARD that allows potential candidates can post their resumes for review by Companies/Individuals that may be interested in sponsoring them for U.S. and Canada work visas. Please feel free to disseminate the following information . . .

 

Please feel free to have your "candidate" post his/her resume for consideration on this Job Board. Many Companies in the U.S. and in Canada will review the resumes posted and WILL potentially be willing to SPONSOR.

 

The following is a link to the website:     

 

                     http://www.usafindjob.com 

 

Posting a resume or C.V. on the USAFINDJOB site is a great way for any foreign national candidate to get exposure to employers who want/need particular skillsets that ARE WILLING to SPONSOR foreign national for work visas in the U.S.