OFLC Announces New Application for Prevailing Wage
The Department of Labor's Office of Foreign Labor
Certification (OFLC) revised its Form ETA-9141, Application for
Prevailing Wage Determination, for use beginning May 3, 2021.
As of 8 a.m. on May 3, 2021, OFLC will only accept prevailing
wage applications submitted using the new form. OFLC will reject,
without further review, prevailing wage paper applications
submitted using the current version of the form. A stakeholder
webinar will be held on April 27, 2021, at 2 p.m. ET (2 hours).
- OFLC announcement,
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/eta/foreign-labor (scroll down to
announcement on April 2, 2021)
- Webinar meeting link,
(for more information, including alternative ways to join the
webinar, see https://www.dol.gov/agencies/eta/foreign-labor (scroll
down to webinar information on April 2, 2021).
State Dept. Releases FAQ on Immigrant Visa
Backlog and Consular Processing
On April 13, 2021, the Department of State released frequently
asked questions (FAQ) on the immigrant visa backlog and
consular processing. The FAQ notes that the immigrant visa
interview backlog has developed “because of limitations in
staffing and other COVID-related operational constraints preventing
us from processing the same volume of applicants as
pre-pandemic.” In addition, the FAQ cites previous
presidential proclamations that “restricted visa processing
for many immigrants for nearly a year.” The Department said it
would take time to process the cases affected by these travel
The Department said it is committed to decreasing the backlog by
“prioritizing certain visas, creating efficiencies in the visa
process, and utilizing all available resources until our task is
accomplished.” Applicants should check the website of their
nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for updates on currently
available visa services, the FAQ states. Virtual interviews
are not available because current regulations “require
all immigrant visa applicants to appear in person before a consular
officer,” the FAQ states.
- “Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Immigrant Visa
Backlog,” Dept. of State, Apr. 13, 2021, https://www.facebook.com/travelgov
DHS Seeks Comments on How USCIS Can Reduce
Barriers/Burdens in Regulations and Policies
The Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) seeks comments from the public on how U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can reduce
administrative and other barriers and burdens within its
regulations and policies, including those that prevent foreign
citizens from easily obtaining access to immigration services and
This effort “will help DHS identify process
improvements for USCIS, with benefits for state, local, and tribal
governments, for businesses (including small businesses and
startups), for educational institutions of all kinds, for
nonprofits, and for individuals,” the request
The request is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register
on April 19, 2021.
- Advance notice of DHS request, https://bit.ly/3sszpwN
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