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USCIS Releases New Edition of I-9 and Handbook for Employers

On July 17, 2017, United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) released a new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.  The new Form I-9 contains minor changes to the instructions and list of acceptable documents.  More specifically, the instructions now reflect the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment practice’s new name, Immigrant and Employee … Continue Reading

USCIS Reissuing Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Receipt Notices for Certain EAD Categories Filed Between July 21, 2016 and Jan. 17, 2017

Beginning Feb. 16, 2016, USCIS began reissuing receipt notices on Form I-797 to applicants who continue to have pending applications for renewed employment authorization (EAD applications) under certain categories that were originally filed between July 21, 2016 and Jan. 16, 2017. EAD applications that were filed during this window did not fall within the benefits of … Continue Reading

Upgrade – DHS Finalizes Rules Affecting Employment-based Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Visa Programs

On Nov. 18, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) published its final rule to “modernize and improve” employment-based non-immigrant and immigrant visa programs.  As stated by DHS, the primary purpose of the improvements is to enhance the ability of U.S. employers to hire and retain specific foreign national employees who are the beneficiaries of … Continue Reading

USCIS Releases New Form I-9; New Form Version Becomes Mandatory on January 22, 2017

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has released an updated version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The new Form I-9, dated 11/14/2016 N, will become mandatory on Jan. 22, 2017, replacing the version dated 03/08/2013 N, which may continue to be used until Jan. 21, 2017.  Under federal immigration law, employers must maintain a … Continue Reading

USCIS Announces Fall 2016 Issuance of New Form I-9 Version; New Version Will Be Mandatory January 2017

On Sept. 12, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on Aug. 25, 2016. After receiving over 130,000 stakeholder comments in response to the proposed issuance of a new Form I-9, USCIS will publish the revised form version … Continue Reading

U.S. Department of Justice Announces Proposed Rulemaking Revisions to Grounds for and Investigations of Unfair Immigration-Related Employment Practice Allegations

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking seeking to incorporate the intent requirement found in Section 274B(a)(6) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which sets forth the prohibition on unfair documentary practices during the hiring and recruitment or referral for a fee process, into the Code of Federal Regulations, namely … Continue Reading

Department of State Issues March 2016 Visa Bulletin – China EB-3 Now Even with EB-5, Expectations Set For Coming Months

The March 2016 Visa Bulletin is now available online.  The significant news arises in the EB-3 category with respect to dates for filing visa applications: EB-3 Worldwide is now current. EB-3 China has advanced from Oct. 1, 2013 to May 1, 2015, making the native Chinese EB-3 and EB-5 filing dates identical. Compared to February, … Continue Reading

As 7/17/15 EAD Deadline Looms, USCIS Implements a Home Visit Policy to Retrieve Affected EADs

With Federal Judge Andrew Hanen’s deadline to return incorrectly issued 3-year Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) quickly approaching, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has informed the public that it will be conducting home visits to retrieve affected EADs. During a July 14 stakeholder call, USCIS announced some important updates to this initiative: USCIS home visits … Continue Reading

USCIS and OSC Make Some Important I-9 Announcements: “Smart” Online I-9, Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Workers, Honesty Policies

In a recent symposium sponsored by the Council for Global Migration, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC), made the following note-worthy announcements and/or classification: The USCIS will soon release a “smart” online I-9 form to assist employers in completing the forms correctly. … Continue Reading

I-9 Alert: Department of Justice Settles Immigration Discrimination Claims with Three Memphis Area Staffing Firms

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently entered into a settlement agreement with three staffing companies in the Memphis, Tennessee area. DOJ’s investigation discovered that each of the companies rejected the employment of two qualified individuals based on them being born in Puerto Rico. Specifically, the employers refused to accept each individual’s valid Puerto Rican … Continue Reading
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