March 18, 2015. Prohibition of DOL H-2B Processing Temporarily Lifted On March 18, 2015, the federal district court in the Northern District of Florida issued an order effectively permitting DOL to restart its processing of H-2B applications under the 2008 rule immediately and to continue processing applications under that rule through April 15, 2015. Effective immediately, DOL will begin processing H-2B applications under the 2008 rule and will continue to do so through April 15th. Under the terms of the court's March 18th order, any application for certification or prevailing wage determination that has not completed DOL processing by the time the stay ends as of April 16, 2015 may no longer be processed under the 2008 H-2B rule.
Please be advised that the federal district court in the Northern District of Florida, on March 4, 2015, vacated the Department of Labors (Department) 2008 H-2B program comprehensive regulations on the ground that the Department lacks authority under the Immigration and Nationality Act to issue regulations in the H-2B program. Because of this decision and effective on and after March 5, 2015, the Department can no longer accept or process requests for prevailing wage determinations or applications for temporary labor certification in the H-2B program. The Department has posted a public announcement on the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) website at http://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov.
Temporary H2B VISA
Documents to Submit:
After the employer receives the labor certification from the NPC, the employer should file an I-129 with the Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) (formerly the INS). The CIS will issue the visa in approximately 60 days. Employers can request "Premium Processing" from the CIS for an additional fee.
March Unemployment Rates
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April Data May 27 at 9:00 AM