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ICE to Issue 1,000 Audit Notices to Employers, Focus on Infrastructure Safety

The Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office has announced it will notify 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 … Continue reading ICE to Issue 1,000 Audit Notices to Employers, Focus on Infrastructure Safety
June 15, 2011

Georgia Governor Signs Sweeping Anti-Immigration Bill

Fulfilling a campaign promise, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has sign into law a sweeping immigration bill that will affect companies in Georgia that employ more than 10 full-time employees. The law, HB87, requires companies to register with the federal E-Verify program and check the legal status of new hires. It also creates the offense of … Continue reading Georgia Governor Signs Sweeping Anti-Immigration Bill
May 17, 2011

President Obama Addresses Immigration Reform

In President Obama’s May 10th speech at Chamizal National Memorial, at the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, on the need for immigration reform in the United States, he included an outline of his proposal for comprehensive immigration reform and a plea for people to voice their support. His proposal addressed three key employment-related areas. First, … Continue reading President Obama Addresses Immigration Reform
May 13, 2011

Arizona’s Controversial Immigration Law Takes Hit from 9th Circuit

Guest Blog by Scott Blaney The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has dealt a blow to Arizona’s controversial Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (S.B. 1070) on April 11, affirming a lower court’s decision to block key portions of the immigration law from taking effect. The Act requires law enforcement officials to attempt … Continue reading Arizona’s Controversial Immigration Law Takes Hit from 9th Circuit
April 27, 2011

SSA “No Match” Letters to Employers Make a Comeback

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has resumed notifying employers of social security number mismatches of employees. The No-Match or “Request for Employer Information” letter states that the information reported on an individual’s W-2 or W-2c form do not match the Agency’s records. On receiving a No-Match letter, the SSA requests the employer do the following: • … Continue reading SSA “No Match” Letters to Employers Make a Comeback
April 21, 2011

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

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