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Pandemic-Based E-Verify TNC Temporary Extensions to End

E-Verify will no longer allow extensions for addressing Tentative Nonconfirmations (TNCs) beginning November 5, 2020. After relaxing processing guidelines because of processing hardships due to COVID-19, E-Verify is again enforcing its requirement that employees choosing to contest TNC notifications must take action to contact the appropriate government agency within 10 federal government workdays. TNCs are... Continue Reading
October 19, 2020

New Filing Fees Effective October 2

New USCIS filing fees will go into effect on October 2, 2020, under a new final rule published by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the Federal Register on August 3, 2020. This rule raises fees by a weighted average of 20% and changes the current fee structure to impose specific fees per visa... Continue Reading…
August 4, 2020

New Filing Fees Effective October 2

New USCIS filing fees will go into effect on October 2, 2020, under a new final rule published by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the Federal Register on August 3, 2020. This rule raises fees by a weighted average of 20% and changes the current fee structure to impose specific fees per visa... Continue Reading
August 4, 2020

USCIS Issues Updated M-274, Handbook for Employers on Completing Form I-9

The updated M-274, Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9, from USCIS offers some interesting substantive clarifications and developments. Changes to match the most recent Form I-9 revisions include: Section 2.0 clarifies that any person can serve as an authorized representative of the employer to complete, update, or make corrections to Section 2 or... Continue Reading…
May 5, 2020

USCIS Issues Updated M-274, Handbook for Employers on Completing Form I-9

The updated M-274, Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9, from USCIS offers some interesting substantive clarifications and developments. Changes to match the most recent Form I-9 revisions include: Section 2.0 clarifies that any person can serve as an authorized representative of the employer to complete, update, or make corrections to Section 2 or... Continue Reading
May 5, 2020

Driver’s Licenses for Foreign Nationals Valid for I-9 Purposes, Even If Non-REAL ID Compliant

Long lines could be seen outside and around New York Department of Motor Vehicles offices as undocumented immigrants waited anxiously for hours in long queues to obtain driver’s licenses. Since 2013, a growing number of states have been issuing driver’s licenses in one form or another to undocumented workers. New York and New Jersey are... Continue Reading
March 2, 2020

What to Expect in 2020 for Foreign Nationals Seeking New, Renewed Driver’s Licenses

Since 2013, a growing number of states have been issuing driver’s licenses in one form or another to undocumented workers. New York and New Jersey are just joining the list that includes California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New Mexico, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia. The trend is continuing... Continue Reading
January 22, 2020

DHS Announces Further Update on TPS

In yet another update, DHS has announced that it is extending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) documents as well as work authorization until January 4, 2021 not just for El Salvador but also for Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan.  These extensions are based on injunctions and stays in various pending cases: Ramos, Saget, and Bhattari.  All... Continue Reading
November 4, 2019

Government Forced to Release H-1B Delaying and Denying Tactics

Since 2017, USCIS under the Trump Administration has essentially directed its adjudicators to find ways to deny H-1B petitions. The most recent statistics on Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and denials certainly support this, but evidence has been made available for analysis. Through a FOIA request, instructional documents for USCIS adjudicators issued after President Donald Trump’s...… Continue Reading
September 20, 2019

Facial Recognition Technology in Use for Air Travelers

On your next international trip, you may see facial recognition technology in use.  The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) started piloting this technology in late 2018.  Now, in conjunction with various airlines, the use of facial recognition technology is growing and at some airports it is being used  for everything from identifying passengers at gates to...… Continue Reading
August 29, 2019

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