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Immigration News for People Who Follow the Details

Posted: November 14th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: National News | No Comments »

H-1B VISA UPDATE: Starting in January, it will no longer be possible to get a Labor Condition Application (LCA) certified the same day.  It may take week.  A certified LCA is required when filing an H-1B petition.  As employers prepare for the now annual H-1B application day and lottery (April 1st), they must allow extra time for getting a certified LCA.

PERM LABOR CERTIFICATION UPDATE: The Department of Labor has indicated that processing times for “clean” PERM applications are now about 8 months.  For audited applications, the processing time is about 16 months.  Adjudication of appeals is taking longer than 2 years.  Also, expect more scrutiny of employer recruiting as unemployment rises.  In particular, the DOL will be looking if the employer has had layoffs or if there have been layoffs in the industry in the region of employment.

TRAVELING AS A VISITOR:  Don’t forget that travelers from 8 new countries will be able to enter the U.S. without a visa for up to 90 days on the visa waiver program starting in November.  The countries are: Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and South Korea.  Also, starting in January, visa waiver travelers must pre-register with the ESTA program.  For more info see:

LOCAL NATURALIZATION PROCESSING TIMES: Naturalization processing for residents within the Tampa district are taking 5 to 6 months and are among the fastest times nationally.  Unfortunately, naturalization processing for residents in the Orlando district are taking 14 months are among the slowest nationally.

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Written by Chris Jaensch

Chris Jaensch

Attorney P. Christopher Jaensch received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1992 and a Juris Doctor degree in 1995 from the University of Florida. While at UF, he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa Society and Florida Blue Key, the oldest and most prestigious leadership honorary in the state of Florida.

Mr. Jaensch is a member of the Florida Bar, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Sarasota Bar Association. He has served as President of the Sarasota-Manatee International Trade Club and served as Regional Vice Chair, Tampa Bay, for the Central Florida Chapter of AILA. He was a member of City of Sarasota Charter Review Committee and has been active in several local organizations, including the influential Laurel Park Neighborhood Association in downtown Sarasota.

Mr. Jaensch has over 18 years of experience in the field of immigration and nationality law and focuses his practice on four primary categories (a) investors and entrepreneurs, (b) business executives, managers and professionals, (c) amateur and professional athletes and coaches and (d) performing artists and immigrants with extraordinary ability.

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