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  • Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans in U.S. to End in 2019

    Ending all speculation, the Secretary of Homeland Security has announced the end of temporary protected status (TPS) for approximately 200,000 Salvadorans who have been in the United States since 2001, following two earthquakes in El Salvador. The termination will be delayed for 18 months, until September 9, 2019, to allow for “an orderly transition.” This...… Continue Reading
    January 8, 2018
  • Do Not Respond to Emails Requesting I-9 Information

    The USCIS has issued the following notice regarding scam emails requesting I-9 information: USCIS has learned that employers have received scam emails requesting Form I-9 information that appear to come from USCIS. Employers are not required to submit Forms I-9 to USCIS. Employers must have a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, for every person on...… Continue Reading
    November 7, 2017
  • State and Justice Departments to Share Information on Employment-Based Visa Fraud

    As part of the Trump Administration’s “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order, the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (BCA) is joining with the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division to combat both visa fraud and potential discrimination against U.S. workers. The partnership between the two agencies is based upon a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)...… Continue Reading
    October 18, 2017
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program is Rescinded, AG Sessions Announces

    Please see our full article with analysis of and takeaways from the rescission of the DACA program here.… Continue Reading
    September 6, 2017
  • New Operational Directives Reflect ‘Buy American, Hire American’ Executive Order

    Following the “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order, issued in April, the Attorney General and the Secretaries of State, Labor, and Homeland Security have made operational changes that emphasize targeted investigations and individual official’s judgment in carrying out the purposes of the E.O. The E.O. directs the agencies to “propose new rules and issue new...… Continue Reading
    August 11, 2017
  • Insights: E-Verify

    Over the years, the government has intensified its enforcement of employment verification procedures including increased fines and penalties, as well as potential criminal charges and charges of discrimination against U.S. citizens. The federal government introduced E-Verify in 1997 as a pilot program. E-Verify is an internet-based system that allows businesses to determine the eligibility of...… Continue Reading
    August 8, 2017
  • Travel Ban Update: Grandparents and Other Close Relatives

    In a one-paragraph ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court, disagreeing with the Administration, allowed the District Court’s injunction to stand with regard to relatives. Individuals from the six designated countries with grandparents and other close relatives in the United States will not be subject to the travel ban – for now. The Court, however, put the...… Continue Reading
    July 19, 2017
  • USCIS Releases New Form I-9 and New Handbook for Employers

    On July 17, 2017, the USCIS announced the release of a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The revised version may be used immediately but it must be used no later than September 18, 2017. Employers can continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16 N through September 17, 2017. Employers...… Continue Reading
    July 17, 2017
  • New Guidance on Trump’s Revised Travel Ban Effective June 29

    New guidance explaining the criteria for visa applicants was issued by the Department of State to U.S. embassies and consulates late on June 28, 2017, according to reports. The guidance went into effect on June 29, at 8:00 p.m. EDT. For our full article, please read here.… Continue Reading
    June 30, 2017
  • Supreme Court Allows Partial Effect to Trump Travel Ban, Will Review Case in October

    It comes as no surprise that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the travel ban case and will do so in early October. Meanwhile, the Court stayed lower court injunctions allowing President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban to go in effect, but only to the extent that it affects individuals with no bona fide connection...… Continue Reading
    June 26, 2017