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USCIS Announces It Will Accept Refiling of Rejected Forms I-140 with E-Certification or Electronically Reproduced Signatures

After rejecting some Forms I-140 that included e-certified ETA-9089s or blue ETA-9089s with electronically reproduced signatures, USCIS announced that it will ask petitioners to resubmit their Form I-140 with either wet signatures or scanned copies of signatures and a copy of the rejection notice.

BALCA Applies Reasoning from Smartzip and Overturns H.14 Denial

Applying the reasoning from Smartzip Analytics, BALCA reversed the Certifying Officer’s denial of the labor certification, finding that an application cannot be deniedon its face based on a failure to provide a duration requirement for special skills listed in Section H.14 of the ETA Form 9089, short of legally sufficient notice of a requirement to do so.

BALCA Reverses Denial due to due process

BALCA reversed the Certifying Officer’s denial and remanded the matter for certification where DOL had faulted the employer for not listing a relocation requirement in recruitment advertising and on the ETA Form 9089 for a position with a primary work site “and various unanticipated locations throughout the U.S.” The employer had relied on the 1994 Barbara Farmer Memo, which BALCA agreed makes no distinction between travel and relocation. BALCA further opined that it was not fundamentally fair to require that the possibility of relocation be specifically disclosed in the advertisement and application in absence of notice or guidance, particularly when the organized immigration bar has been pressing OFLC for years to clarify issues related to “roving” employees.

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