Volume VII, Issue 8 November 2013

In This Issue
1. USADWEB Attends AILA DC Chapter Fall Conference
2. Philippines Disaster Elicits Outpouring of Sympathy and Assistance
3. USADWEB Provides Time-Sensitive Assistance with Supervised Recruitment
4. United States Unemployment Rate October 2013
5. PERM Processing Times as of November 6, 2013

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1. USADWEB Attends AILA DC Chapter Fall Conference

USADWEB attended the 2013 AILA DC Chapter Fall Conference this week at the University of Maryland Shady Grove campus in Rockville, MD. We were pleased to greet many of our current clients. We look forward to seeing familiar faces every year. It is nice to see how the event has grown over the years, attracting a larger group of attendees.

2. Philippines Disaster Elicits Outpouring of Sympathy and Assistance

USADWEB Makes Additional Donation to UNICEF for Typhoon Haiyan Relief

The recent disaster in the Philippines caused by Typhoon Haiyan has been unmatched in terms of the scale of destruction that it has left behind. With the death toll at more than 3,600 and rising, and more than 600,000 people displaced, the Philippines are still struggling with an aftermath of chaos and devastation.

Numerous relief organizations, such as the Red Cross, UNICEF, and various religious and social charities, have responded to the crisis. Survivors are in desperate need of clean water, food, shelter, and other essential living supplies.

USADWEB feels a special connection with our global neighbors given the nature of our work within the immigration field. To contribute to the relief efforts, USADWEB made an initial donation through The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, which opened an emergency fund through the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. USADWEB chose this relief organization because 100% of the funds raised will be allocated directly to aid for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Because of the continuing need for donations and support,
USADWEB made an additional donation to UNICEF.

There are a myriad of organizations that are accepting donations for Typhoon Haiyan emergency aid. USADWEB urges those who are able to support the relief efforts by donating to one of these organizations. The people of the Philippines are in desperate need of humanitarian aid. Links to a few of these relief societies are provided below.

In addition to giving financial aid, there are other ways of showing support during this tragedy. The Law Offices of Ricky Malik, PC began a petition on Change.org asking President Obama to designate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to the Philippines. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has the authority to designate TPS based on "extraordinary and temporary conditions" within a country under the authority of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).  The DHS has previously granted TPS to countries such as Haiti, Syria, and Somalia.

This protected status would allow Filipinos to legally work and reside in the US without fear of being deported at a time when their return would only add a greater burden on the country's recovery. The ability to work in the US also has a major impact on the relief efforts as it allows foreign nationals the opportunity to send funds back to their country. The World Bank reports that "remittances sent home by migrants to developing countries are equivalent to more than three times the size of official development assistance."

There is growing bi-partisan support for the DHS to designate TPS status to the Philippines. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) recently addressed a letter to the Acting Secretary of DHS, Rand Beers. The letter, signed by 29 members of the House of Representatives, presents an argument in favor of granting the protected status. The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has also written to DHS voicing its support. The Philippines have not yet requested the DHS grant TPS status to its citizens currently residing in the US. They must do this before the DHS can act. However, if the Philippines do make this request, there is broad support for the DHS to comply. To add your voice to those requesting that Temporary Protected Status be designated to the Philippines, you can sign the petition online.

3. USADWEB Provides Time-Sensitive Assistance with Supervised Recruitment

USADWEB has recently seen an increase in cases selected by the Department of Labor (DOL) for Supervised Recruitment. We understand the time-sensitive nature of these cases and the need to respond within a limited timeframe to the DOL’s Recruitment Instructions letter with an outline of advertising dates.

When USADWEB receives a request to process Supervised Recruitment advertising, we give it high priority. Because most of the advertising methods selected by the DOL are online job search sites with set rates, USADWEB can provide pricing immediately without having to wait for media representatives to respond with price quotes. Upon approval of the advertising costs, USADWEB can begin posting the advertisements the same day.

As always, USADWEB will send you a proof of the postings and will review them for accuracy, ensuring that the text is posted exactly as approved by the DOL. Some sites enforce posting restrictions of their own, for instance, requiring an email address to be used for responses instead of a mailing address. USADWEB is familiar with the particular requirements of many posting sites and has established contacts with site administrators to ensure the postings conform to DOL regulations.

Your USADWEB representative is also familiar with the additional documentation mandated by the DOL for Supervised Recruitment cases. We will provide first, 15th, and last day prints for all advertisements, as well as 8th day prints where specified.

Ask your advertising representative about how they can assist you with your Supervised Recruitment cases today to eliminate some of the stress these sensitive cases can create.

4. United States Unemployment Rate October 2013

The unemployment rates around the country can greatly impact a company's decision to sponsor an application for labor certification. When unemployment rates are high, companies may elect not to proceed with the certification process. Rates can vary by state and industry. There are several states with jobless rates that are well below the national average. Employers in these states may be more available to sponsor employees. USADWEB is providing information on the current unemployment rates as a convenient tool to assist you as you prepare your cases. The Bureau of Labor Statistics report was just released due to a delay from the government shutdown. The unemployment rate increased back to 7.3% in October from where it fell to 7.2% in September, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

5. PERM Processing Times as of November 6, 2013

PERM processing times are important to you and your clients. Therefore, each month USADWEB is pleased to be able to update you on the current processing times for reviews, audits, and appeals as reported on www.icert.doleta.gov:

PERM Processing Times
Processing Queue Priority Dates
Month Year
Analyst Reviews March 2013
Audits September 2013
Reconsideration Requests to the CO November 2013
Gov't Error Reconsiderations Current

The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) is working diligently to reduce the Permanent Labor Certification Program's pending caseload. The dates on the above table reflect the month and year in which applications are now being adjudicated at the Atlanta National Processing Center. If you need assistance with an application that was filed more than 3 months prior to the month posted, you can contact the OFLC Helpdesk at plc.atlanta@dol.gov.

Clients' Comments Corner

I have been using USADWEB for PERM advertising needs for the past three years.  Having seen many clients attempt to place ads themselves, it is a great relief to know that USADWEB will carry out the advertising exactly as specified and in a timely manner.  Our clients are also pleased that they no longer have to use their time to place ads.  I highly recommend USADWEB for all immigration related advertising needs.

(Pittsford, NY)


USADWEB, LLC. is an innovative advertising agency that understands the immigration needs of companies placing recruitment advertising for labor certification cases in PERM, supervised recruitment, and H2B processes. For more than half a decade, we have helped law offices and companies all over the United States meet the Department of Labor's recruiting requirements. Take advantage of our expertise and relationships with publications throughout the country. Our knowledgeable staff has experience placing all forms of recruitment: newspapers, periodicals, journals, internet job search postings, campus recruitment, radio ads, and more. Contact a representative for more information on placing your ads today!

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