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  • Time to Get Ready for FY 2023 H-1B Cap Season

    USCIS has announced that H-1B Cap registration will start on March 1, 2022, at noon (Eastern) and will continue through noon (Eastern) on March 18, 2022. If enough registrations to fill the cap are received by March 18 (which is likely), USCIS will randomly select registrations and send selection notifications through users’ myUSCIS online accounts.... Continue Reading
    January 31, 2022
  • Will Reopening of Social Security Administration Offices Ease E-Verify No-Match Backlogs?

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) has reached an agreement with three of its unions on its COVID-19 re-entry plan. SSA offices have been essentially closed to the public since March 2020. That affected SSA’s ability to resolve E-Verify Tentative Nonconfirmations (TNCs) due to a no-match between a person’s name and Social Security Number. The result... Continue Reading
    January 27, 2022
  • ICE: I-9 Flexibility to Continue Through April 2022

    ICE has announced it will extend I-9 flexibility until April 30, 2022, due to continuing precautions related to COVID-19. The guidance remains the same: Employees who work exclusively in a remote setting due to COVID-19 continue to be temporarily exempt from the in-person requirements associated with Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification, until they start working at a... Continue Reading…
    December 23, 2021
  • ICE: I-9 Flexibility to Continue Through April 2022

    ICE has announced it will extend I-9 flexibility until April 30, 2022, due to continuing precautions related to COVID-19. The guidance remains the same: Employees who work exclusively in a remote setting due to COVID-19 continue to be temporarily exempt from the in-person requirements associated with Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification, until they start working... Continue Reading
    December 17, 2021
  • H-1B, L-1 Update: USCIS Adopts Policy Changes

    Nonimmigrant spouses of H-1B and L-1 visa holders with long-pending EAD applications have finally received some relief. Based upon a settlement in Shergill v. Mayokas, USCIS is making major policy changes. Going forward, certain H-4 spouses with pending EAD applications will be entitled to 180-day automatic extensions of their EAD cards and L-2 spouses will... Continue Reading
    November 11, 2021
  • Nov. 8 Marks Lifting of Some U.S. COVID-19 International Travel Restrictions

    As of 12:01 a.m. ET on November 8, 2021, the United States’ country-specific 14-day COVID-19 travel restrictions that have been so troublesome and disruptive for individuals and businesses will be eliminated. Instead, protecting the country from COVID-19 will focus on vaccination status. President Joe Biden’s “A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During... Continue Reading…
    October 29, 2021
  • Nov. 8 Marks Lifting of Some U.S. COVID-19 International Travel Restrictions

    As of 12:01 a.m. ET on November 8, 2021, the United States’ country-specific 14-day COVID-19 travel restrictions that have been so troublesome and disruptive for individuals and businesses will be eliminated. Instead, protecting the country from COVID-19 will focus on vaccination status. President Joe Biden’s “A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel... Continue Reading
    October 29, 2021
  • DHS Seeks Comments on I-9 Process

    The decades-old I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification process may be in for some changes. The Department of Homeland Security is requesting “public input” regarding the document examination process. Employers interested in the permanent continuation of Form I-9 flexibility might be encouraged by the agency’s official announcement on October 26, 2021. While the request is for “information... Continue Reading…
    October 28, 2021
  • DHS Seeks Comments on I-9 Process

    The decades-old I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification process may be in for some changes. The Department of Homeland Security is requesting “public input” regarding the document examination process. Employers interested in the permanent continuation of Form I-9 flexibility might be encouraged by the agency’s official announcement on October 26, 2021. While the request is for “information... Continue Reading
    October 26, 2021
  • DHS Secretary Orders Discontinuation of Mass Worksite Enforcement Operations

    Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Alejandro N. Mayorkas has issued a policy directive to immediately discontinue mass worksite enforcement operations. These involve large-scale law enforcement operations resulting in the arrest of hundreds of unauthorized workers. They were a significant part of the Trump Administration’s worksite enforcement strategy. Secretary Mayorkas criticized these large-scale... Continue Reading
    October 13, 2021

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