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Final Rule on Form I-9 Published

On April 3, 2009 USCIS published an interim rule intended to improve the integrity of the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) process. This interim rule made several key changes to the Form I-9 process, including requiring employers to accept only unexpired documents, deleting outdated documents from the list of acceptable documents, and adding documentation applicable … Continue reading Final Rule on Form I-9 Published
April 15, 2011

House Subcommittee Explores Restrictions on All Forms of Immigration

The House Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement has conducted a number of hearings in 2011 questioning the value of all forms of immigration. On April 5th, it held a hearing on diversity visas, a program which provides 55,000 green cards annually by lottery to persons from countries that do not currently send many immigrants … Continue reading House Subcommittee Explores Restrictions on All Forms of Immigration
April 6, 2011

Civil Worksite Enforcement Agreement Between Department of Labor and Department of Homeland Security

  To avoid potential conflict, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concerning their respective civil worksite enforcement activities. Under the March 31, 2011, MOU, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agreed that, unless determined necessary by the Director of ICE, Secretary … Continue reading Civil Worksite Enforcement Agreement Between Department of Labor and Department of Homeland Security
April 5, 2011

USCIS Accepting H-1B Applications for FY 2012

It is H-1B season again. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services officially announced today that they are accepting H-1B applications for FY2012. U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialized fields, such as scientists, engineers, or computer programmers. Cases will be … Continue reading USCIS Accepting H-1B Applications for FY 2012
April 1, 2011

Drastic Change in EB-2 Immigrant Visa Availability Expected

At least 12,000 additional numbers will be available for EB-2 (employment-based, second preference) immigrant visa because of a dramatic reduction in the use of EB-1 (employment-based, first preference) immigrant visa, the Chief of Immigrant Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, Charlie Oppenheim, has announced. He said U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services “ha[s] … Continue reading Drastic Change in EB-2 Immigrant Visa Availability Expected
March 29, 2011

Virginia Mandates E-Verify Use

Becoming the latest state to mandate E-Verify usage, Governor Bob McDonnell announced that Virginia state government agencies will be required to utilize the online system for new hires effective July 1, 2011, in order to determine the employment eligibility of new hires. Virginia had already passed a law in 2010 (H.B. 737) requiring state executive … Continue reading Virginia Mandates E-Verify Use
March 23, 2011

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

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