Tag Archives: E-Verify

The White House Releases Immigration Principles & Policies

On Oct. 8, 2017, the White House released the promised Immigration Principles & Policies (Principles & Policies) which outline the Trump Administration’s position on immigration. This document is broken into three parts: 1) Border Security, 2) Interior Enforcement, and 3) Merit-Based Immigration. A summary of each part is broken down below.… Continue Reading

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Levies Record $95 Million Civil Settlement for Immigration Violations

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) levied a historic $95 million settlement against a national tree company in connection with a six year investigation by ICE into the company’s hiring of undocumented workers and other immigration violations. This settlement represents the largest payment ever received in an immigration case. Moreover, it demonstrates ICE’s commitment to … Continue Reading

President Signs Bill Including Immigration Measures (Update)

As an update to our recent post late Friday evening, The president signed H.R. 601 – Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 and Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017, making  this important government continuance and public safety measure, incuding important Immigration programs, law. All government functions are continued until Dec. 8 under this law, including … Continue Reading

Congress Approves Package of Government Continuance and Public Safety Measures, Including Important Immigration Programs

The president and congressional leaders reached an agreement earlier this week on a package of government continuance and public safety measures.  This package includes a Continuing Resolution, Debt Extension, Hurricane Harvey relief resources, and extension of the National Flood Insurance Program. The extension maintains and continues government funding and reauthorization until Dec. 8, 2017. The Senate … Continue Reading

Arizona, Maryland, and Wyoming To Participate in E-Verify Ride Program

As of July 31, 2017, Arizona, Maryland, and Wyoming are official participants in the federal government’s E-Verify enhancement program, RIDE. The Record and Information from DMVs for E-Verify (RIDE) verifies the validity of state-issued driver’s licenses and ID card information by matching data entered by employers into E-Verify against state departments of motor vehicles records. … Continue Reading

Immigration Raids and What They Mean for U.S. Businesses

On Jan. 25, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order titled “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.” This order lays out the president’s plan for enforcing immigration laws, including, among other initiatives, increasing and expediting the deportation of removable aliens from the United States.  Specifically, the order prioritizes for … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Post-Election Immigration Update

On November 10, 2016, Laura Foote Reiff, Bob Maples, and Rebecca Schechter presented an Immigration Post-Election Update webinar highlighting some of the anticipated key changes to U.S. immigration policy (click here to listen to the webinar).  President-elect Donald Trump will likely begin the change on current U.S. immigration policy as soon as he takes office.  … Continue Reading

July 2016 “SEVIS by the Numbers” Report Indicates Growth in the Number of International Students Studying in the United States

This week, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) published its quarterly “SEVIS by the Numbers” report announcing that there are over one million international students in the United States.  Many of these students will seek employment with U.S. companies using work authorization granted to them pursuant to their F or M visa status.  In … Continue Reading

E-Verify Launches New Self-Service Feature

USCIS has announced that effective Aug. 21, E-Verify users will be able to use a new self-service feature to unlock their own user ID by answering the same security questions used to create their account.  The announcement also notes that users will have the option of contacting their program or corporate administrator, or calling 800-741-5023, … Continue Reading

Employer’s Use of E-verify is Not a Substitute for Completing I-9 Forms, Fined More Than $200K in Civil Penalties

In the Final Decision and Order dated April 27, 2016, Administrative Law Judge Ellen K. Thomas ordered Golden Employment Group, Inc. (Golden Employment), a staffing and temporary-employment company, to pay $209,600 in civil penalties for 465 Form I-9 violations. Golden Employment, which receives between 2,000 and 3,000 applications each year and has more than 20,000 … Continue Reading

2017 H-1B Cap Met, USCIS to Conduct Lottery

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has reached the 2017 H-1B cap, and will no longer be accepting H-1B cap cases under this year’s cap. USCIS has yet to provide the number of petitions received for this year’s caps of 65,000 visas for the general category and 20,000 for the advanced … Continue Reading

REGISTRATION OPEN: Greenberg Traurig and the Philadelphia Bar Association Business Immigration 101 Seminar

Greenberg Traurig and the Philadelphia Bar Association invite you to attend an introductory seminar on immigration processes and their relationship to businesses on April 19.  Greenberg Traurig attorneys, Matthew T. Galati and Shaun Staller, will provide an overview of the immigration law system and address hiring foreign workers, options for new foreign owned businesses, paths … Continue Reading

E-Verify to Destroy Old Records

E-Verify has announced that effective Jan. 1, 2016, in compliance the National Archives and Records Administration’s retention and disposal schedule, it will destroy all transaction records older than 10 years.  Thus, all transaction records created prior to Dec. 31, 2005 will be destroyed.  Further, E-Verify will delete, on an annual basis, all transaction records that … Continue Reading

DOJ Office of Special Counsel Provides Guidance Related to E-Verify, Internal I-9 Audits, and the INA’s Anti-Discrimination Provision

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) recently issued two Technical Assistance Letters (TAL) that provide guidance on the Immigration and Nationality Act’s (INA) anti-discrimination provision and its applicability in situations involving the use of the E-Verify program and internal I-9 audits. On August 24, 2015, the … Continue Reading

New myE-Verify Features Announced by USCIS

myE-Verify is an all-encompassing program that allows employers and potential employees to utilize the same identity protection and employment eligibility verification features as E-Verify.  E-Verify is used by 600,000 employers to confirm employment eligibility of potential candidates and is web-based, created by the Department of Homeland Security.  myE-Verify allows all parties visibility into the E-Verify … Continue Reading

Legislative Roundup: Business-Related Immigration Bills in the 114th Congress

Congressional efforts to pass sweeping immigration reform have stalled following the 2013 Senate passage of S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. But lawmakers continue to press the case that our system of employment-based immigration merits congressional attention. A quick survey of legislation introduced during the first session of the 114th Congress … Continue Reading

E-Verify Proposes New Features to Significantly Expand Program Functionality

As of June 2015, E-Verify is actively soliciting comments until Aug. 7, 2015 regarding three additional features that could substantively add to the program’s functionality. Specifically, the proposed enhancements include: 1) Final Non-Confirmation (FNC): If implemented, this feature will enable employees to contest FNCs they feel were issued in error. 2) Re-verification: If implemented, this … Continue Reading

North Dakota Adds E-Verify’s RIDE

E-Verify has made another step forward. Recall E-Verify is a free Federal Internet-based service for employers to voluntarily join that compares information from an employee’s Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment eligibility. If information matches, then the employee is eligible … Continue Reading

Texas Law Requiring E-Verify For State Agencies to Take Effect September 1, 2015

E-Verify is a federal, Internet-based system used to determine whether an employee is lawfully able to work in the United States.  The system is managed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and works by comparing employment eligibility data collected on I-9 forms with records maintained by the U.S. Social Security Administration and the Department of … Continue Reading

USCIS to Purge 10-Year Old E-Verify Records

Starting January 1, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will start purging the E-Verify records of employers that are 10 years old or more. This initiative is in accordance with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) records retention and disposal requirements which mandate that USCIS dispose of E-Verify records after 10 years. In … Continue Reading

USCIS Launches myE-Verify with Identity Protection Features

On October 6, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced the launch of myE-Verify — a new website designed to be a “one-stop shop” for employees to create and maintain secure personal accounts and access new features for identity protection. myE-Verify provides workers with a free and secure outlet to interface … Continue Reading

ICE Increases its Enrollment in IMAGE by 12.5% in One Day!

U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) announced that it has signed up 25 Puerto Rican companies to its IMAGE system, increasing the total number of companies enrolled in its program to approximately 225 employers. This represents a 12.5% increase in enrollment for a federal program that had not previously gained much traction with US employers. … Continue Reading
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