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I-9 Interim Rule Allows Approved Foreign Nationals to Begin Working

USCIS is in the process of entering a Consent Order to produce, on a specific schedule, Employment Authorization Document (EAD) cards for those 75,000 foreign nationals who have approved employment authorization applications but have been waiting for inordinate amounts of time for the cards themselves.  Without the cards, these foreign nationals have not been able... Continue Reading
August 20, 2020

Federal, DHS Succession Rules Were Not Complied With to Fill Agency’s Top Positions, GAO Reports

A recent non-binding report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found the appointments of Kevin McAleenan and Chad Wolf (both as “acting” DHS Secretaries) and Ken Cuccinelli (senior official performing the duties of the deputy secretary) violated the governing federal and DHS succession rules because they were not eligible for the positions they occupy. The... Continue Reading
August 20, 2020

Remote Virtual Verification Continues for I-9 Compliance During COVID-19 Pandemic

ICE has announced it is extending the remote virtual verification option for completion of I-9 employment verification an additional 30 days, until September 19, 2020, due to continued precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pursuant to the original guidelines for virtual verification, eligible employers may continue to inspect Section 2 documents without an actual in-person... Continue Reading…
August 19, 2020

Remote Virtual Verification Continues for I-9 Compliance During COVID-19 Pandemic

ICE has announced it is extending the remote virtual verification option for completion of I-9 employment verification an additional 30 days, until September 19, 2020, due to continued precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pursuant to the original guidelines for virtual verification, eligible employers may continue to inspect Section 2 documents without an actual in-person... Continue Reading
August 19, 2020

New Executive Order Takes Aim at Hiring under Federal Contracts

The “Aligning Federal Contracting and Hiring Practices With the Interests of American Workers” Executive Order directs federal departments and agencies to conduct audits of federal contracts awarded in Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019 to determine if U.S. job opportunities or the economy have been adversely affected by the use of temporary foreign workers in the... Continue Reading
August 18, 2020

New Executive Order Takes Aim at Hiring under Federal Contracts

The “Aligning Federal Contracting and Hiring Practices With the Interests of American Workers” Executive Order directs federal departments and agencies to conduct audits of federal contracts awarded in Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019 to determine if U.S. job opportunities or the economy have been adversely affected by the use of temporary foreign workers in the... Continue Reading…
August 18, 2020

Finally, EADs Appear Headed to Foreign Nationals with Approved Applications

Assuming there is no further stalling or litigation by the government, Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) may finally be on their way to approximately 75,000 foreign nationals who have been waiting for them, in some cases for months, after having approved application notices in hand. In Subramanya v. USCIS, federal District Judge Algenon L. Marbley issued a... Continue Reading
August 11, 2020

Finally, EADs Appear Headed to Foreign Nationals with Approved Applications

Assuming there is no further stalling or litigation by the government, Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) may finally be on their way to approximately 75,000 foreign nationals who have been waiting for them, in some cases for months, after having approved application notices in hand. In Subramanya v. USCIS, federal District Judge Algenon L. Marbley issued a... Continue Reading…
August 11, 2020

H-1B Update: Administration to Increase Scrutiny, Investigations

Employers need to ready themselves for investigations from the Department of Labor (DOL) into the use of H-1B visas. Without Congressional oversight or legislative changes, the Trump Administration has changed the policies for H-1Bs, resulting in the highest denial rate in history of this legal immigration program. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic national emergency, the... Continue Reading…
August 3, 2020

H-1B Update: Administration to Increase Scrutiny, Investigations

Employers need to ready themselves for investigations from the Department of Labor (DOL) into the use of H-1B visas. Without Congressional oversight or legislative changes, the Trump Administration has changed the policies for H-1Bs, resulting in the highest denial rate in history of this legal immigration program. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic national emergency, the... Continue Reading
August 3, 2020

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