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Update on E-Verify

E-Verify: the Good, the Bad, and the Unresolved The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently released an independent report of the E-Verify system, highlighting the successes, failures, and remaining challenges that face employers face today. The Good USCIS reduced the Tentative Nonconfirmations (TNCs or mismatches) from 8% between June 2004 and March … Continue reading Update on E-Verify
March 22, 2011

Latest Arizona Immigration Bills Defeated

Guest Blog by Scott Blaney The tide of state immigration laws in Arizona appears to have ebbed. On March 17, 2011, the Arizona State Senate voted down five controversial bills aimed at controlling illegal immigration in the state. The Senate’s rejection of the bills came just two days after 50 Chief Executive Officers in Arizona … Continue reading Latest Arizona Immigration Bills Defeated
March 17, 2011

Tsunami Relief For Japan And Other Nationals of Pacific

Immigration-Related Relief Individuals Stranded in U.S. Due to Earthquake and Tsunami Devastation The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service has announced that relief will be provided to certain Japanese and Other Nationals from the Pacific who are stranded in the United States due to the earthquake and tsunami devastation that occurred in March. Individuals who have … Continue reading Tsunami Relief For Japan And Other Nationals of Pacific
March 16, 2011

OCAHO Reduces Fines Sought by ICE after I-9 Audit

With news of record-breaking immigration enforcement results and the new Employment Compliance Inspection Center, pressure on employers regarding Form I-9 compliance may seem unrelenting. However, a recently published decision by the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer appears to give employers greater negotiating power, a glimmer of good news. The Office of the Chief Administrative … Continue reading OCAHO Reduces Fines Sought by ICE after I-9 Audit
March 11, 2011

ICE Issues 1,000 Audit Notices to Employers in February

The Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office has told 1,000 employers across the country the agency will audit their hiring records to determine compliance with employment eligibility verification laws. These Notices of Inspection (NOIs) often request not only I-9 documentation, but payroll records, copies of immigration filings, copies of Social Security … Continue reading ICE Issues 1,000 Audit Notices to Employers in February
March 1, 2011

Export Controls and New Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker Form I-129

USCIS has began accepting the revised version of the Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Form I-129 (dated November 23, 2010). The new version of the form requires employers petitioning for H-1B, H-1B1, L-1 and O-1A nonimmigrants to make specific attestations related to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). … Continue reading Export Controls and New Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker Form I-129
December 16, 2010

ICE Announces Record-Breaking Enforcement Results

Approximately $50 million in financial sanctions for worksite enforcement violations were imposed by the federal government in fiscal year (FY) 2010, according to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton. The agencies announced record-breaking immigration enforcement results that reflect the aggressive stance taken under … Continue reading ICE Announces Record-Breaking Enforcement Results
October 7, 2010

USCIS Releases New E-Verify User Manuals

USCIS has released its new E-Verify User Manuals for Employers, Employer E-Verify Agents, and Federal Contractors. E-Verify is the online verification system that complements I-9 employment eligibility review and allows employers to check the legality of their workforce. The manuals provide guidance for employers enrolled in E-Verify. The new manuals reflect recent changes to the … Continue reading USCIS Releases New E-Verify User Manuals
October 7, 2010

H-1B Update: Cap-gap Students Lose Work Authorization October 1st

Despite a marked decrease in H-1B petitions filed to date, USCIS is making little effort to adjudicate its current caseload of H-1B petitions in a timely fashion. The USCIS’s stated processing times for H-1B’s are more than two months off the actual processing times, which are approaching five months and increasing. The effect of the … Continue reading H-1B Update: Cap-gap Students Lose Work Authorization October 1st
September 30, 2010

Employers Are On Notice!

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has served more than 500 Notices of Inspection (NOIs) to U.S. companies over the past week. According to the agency, allegations that employers are hiring unauthorized workers and paying employees unfair wages or otherwise exploiting workers set off this latest round of inspection notices. With this move, ICE furthers its … Continue reading Employers Are On Notice!
September 29, 2010

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