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THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES NEW MUCH FASTER PROCEDURE FOR OBTAINING A GREEN CARD THROUGH WORK SPONSORS

For the last several years, the procedure for obtaining permanent residence has been mired in enormous delays, taking anywhere from 3-5 years or more. This has made obtaining a green card through a work sponsor all but impossible.

Now, a new procedure has been announced which the federal government says will take less than one month to process. This has opened up the possibility that persons here temporarily could actually process an application for permanent residence while they wait here legally.

The employment-based permanent residence process is usually a three-step process. The first step is the Application for Foreign Labor Certification whereby the intending immigrant attempts to prove that there is a job available and which cannot be filed by a qualified American applicant. The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a major overhaul of this procedure.

The new labor certification program, known by the name "PERM," will require employers to demonstrate, through advertising and other forms of recruitment, that there are no qualified and available U.S. workers for a particular position. As before with the present “RIR” system, the advertising must be placed before the application is filed. The ads must include two Sunday newspaper advertisements and a job order with the state workforce agency.

The PERM application form will be filed electronically. As presently, there is no processing fee.

DOL has said processing times should be dramatically shorter under PERM than under current Labor Certification/RIR procedures. It is projecting the total processing time to be 21 days.

In the past, state workforce agencies (the Employment Development Department in California) administered this process. Under new procedures disclosed by the Department of Labor, these state workforce agencies no longer process Labor Certification applications; the state workforce agencies simply receive newly filed applications and then forward the applications to National Processing Centers for processing.

The new law takes effect March 28, 2005. However, since the recruitment period prior to filing an application lasts 30-180 days, persons may choose to begin the recruitment process immediately so as to be prepared for filing new applications when the law takes effect.

CHRISTOPHER A. KEROSKY of the law firm of KEROSKY & ASSOCIATES has practiced law since 1984 and has handled over 1000 immigration cases. He graduated from University of California, Berkeley Law School and was a former counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C. His offices are in San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento.

2014

Apel Do Polonii - luty 2014

2013

Happy New Year!!!

2012

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2011

Cinequest 2011 - San Jose, California

2010

Searching for Chopin

2009

Golden Gate Park Polish Festival

2008

Co nowego w Kongresie Polonii - marzec 2008?
Przed ¶więtami wielkanocnymi w Kalifornii (3/2008)
Niezapomniany koncert


2007

Dokad Zmierzasz Polsko? (10/2007)
President Kaczynski in California - photos (7/2007)
Prezydent Kaczynski w Kalifornii - impresje z San Francisco (7/2007)
IPN historian about Polonia infiltraded by communist agents - interview by Lucja Sliwa with S.Cenckiewicz (7/2007)
Niezwykla okazja (7/2007)
The First Report (6/2007)
Zmiana warty w Kalifornii (5/2007)
Czy Polonia jest chora? (5/2007)
Polonia bez agentów (4/2007)

2006

Krajobraz po wojnie (12/2006)
Creating a democracy in Poland: A Farce or a National Drama? (11/2006)
Obchody ¦więta Niepodległo¶ci w San Francisco (11/2006)
NEW YORK REMEMBERS POLAND'S "FORGOTTEN UPRISING" OF 1944 (7/2006)
Jak duża jest Polonia w San Francisco Bay Area? (1/2006)

2005

Lista nieustannie dementowana (3/2005)
The Federal Government announces new much faster procedure for obtaining a green card through work sponsors (1/2005)

2004

Polish Catholics recall their pain at Auschwitz, Hitler's women guards just as cruel as SS-men (11/2004)
Sharing The Polish Heritage in San Jose (9/2004)
Expectations of Payback (2/2004)
The family gift (1/2004)
Poland America's most loyal ally (1/2004)
Auschwitz Survivor: Too little known about Holocaust's Christian Victims (1/2004)
Honorary Consul for government of Poland appointed (1/2004)
Legislative agenda of the Polish American Congress (1/2004)

2003

Drivers licences for undocumented immigrants in California (11/2003)
On the anniversary of The Warsaw Uprising (08/2003)
How to obtain a professional VISA (H-1B) (03/2003)

2002

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays + year end events (12/2002)
A Whistle-stop tour of Poland (12/2002)
Polish History at Loyola Marymount University in LA (12/2002)
Northern CA PAC on Poland and UE (11/2002)
Stan Kawczynski helping Polonia on AB2003 (07/2002)
California Holocaust Education Act 2003 (07/2002)
Przemowienie Moskala w Senacie RP (in polish) (06/2002)
Moskal speaks in The Polish Senate (06/2002)
PAC Committee Reacts to "Enigma" Movie (06/2002)
Divide and conquer (04/2002)
SF chronicle about Polish customs (04/2002)
Who is trying to divide Polonia? (02/2002)

1999

Making a Difference: A Conversation with Edmund Lewandowski

1998

Convention to Stop Hate-Mongering

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