Tag Archives: Form I-9

USCIS to Begin Issuing Redesigned ‘Green Cards’ Starting May 1, 2017

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 19, 2017 that the agency will begin issuing revamped Permanent Resident Cards (commonly referred to as “green cards”) and Employment Authorization Documents (EAD Cards) as a part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project,  a multi-agency initiative aimed at modernizing security measures through advanced biometrics technologies. … 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 Homeland Security Renews TPS for El Salvador

Through a recent publication of the Federal Register, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of El Salvador effective Sept. 10, 2016, through March 9, 2018.   The extension allows eligible TPS beneficiaries to retain TPS through March 9, 2018, so long as they otherwise continue to meet … 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

Proposed Changes to Form I-9

Federal law requires employers to verify the identity and employment authorization of each person they hire, complete and retain a Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) for each employee, and avoid discriminating against individuals on the basis of national origin or citizenship. On March 28, 2016, USCIS published a notice in the Federal Register to notify … Continue Reading

60 Day Comment Period Announced: Proposed Changes to Form I-9

On November 24, 2015, USCIS published a notice in the Federal Register [80 FR 73200] of proposed changes to the Form I-9, thereby initiating a 60 day public comment period through January 25, 2015.  The proposed changes aim to reduce the commission of technical errors on the Form I-9 and increase functionality for customers in … Continue Reading

Office of Special Counsel Settlement Re Immigrant Discrimination

Recently, the Department of Justice, Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (‘OSC’) entered into a settlement agreement with a landscaping company following allegations of immigrant discrimination.  The DOJ lawsuit against the company concerned corporate practices requiring Lawful Permanent Residents (green card holders) to produce their green cards in order to prove their work … Continue Reading

Reminder from OSC – Don’t Reverify Permanent Residents!

Normally, when an employee’s work authorization document is expiring, an employer must reverify the employee’s work authorization for Form I-9 purposes. There are two exceptions to the re-verification requirement: an expired U.S. passport and an expired Permanent Resident Card. In a recent Technical Assistance Letter dated September 5, 2013, the Department of Justice’s Office of … Continue Reading

Yet Another Strike Against Form I-9 Prepopulation

The Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel (OSC) for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices has joined the growing chorus of government agencies speaking out against the practice of prepopulating Section 1 of Forms I-9. In a recent Technical Assistance Letter (TAL), the OSC discourages the use of prepopulation citing concerns about Section 1 containing inaccurate … Continue Reading

USCIS Introduces E-Verify Upgrade to Directly Notify Employees About TNCs

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced an E-Verify customer service enhancement that will allow employees to receive direct notification about Tentative Non-Confirmations (TNCs), which result from discrepancies between the data employees provide during the employment verification process and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) records. Under the … Continue Reading

Tips on Responding to a Notice of Inspection from ICE

When Immigration and Customers Enforcement (ICE) decides to perform an audit of a company’s Employment Eligibility Verification forms (Form I-9), they will issue a Notice of Inspection (NOI). Providing a careful response to an NOI is critical as it lays the platform for communicating, negotiating, and oftentimes settling with ICE. Following the recent decision from … Continue Reading

Finish Up Your Spring Cleaning: Review Your Forms I-9

A recent decision from the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (OCAHO) serves as a good reminder to make sure your company’s Forms I-9 are in order. In U.S. v Anodizing Industries, Inc., the OCAHO reviewed an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) complaint that a Los Angeles metal finishing factory had violated 8 USC §1324a(a)(1)(B) … Continue Reading

USCIS Issues Correction to Instructions Regarding Effective Date for New Version of Form I-9

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has confirmed that the effective date for mandatory use of the new Form I-9 (Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13)N) is May 7, 2013. The USCIS’ announcement resolves apparent discrepancies in previously issued guidance that led some employers to question if the effective date for implementing the new Form I-9 … Continue Reading

DOJ Announces Settlement with Philadelphia Employment Agency Over Allegations of Discrimination Against Refugees

On August 14, 2012, the Justice Department announced a settlement agreement with Philadelphia-based Best Packing Services Employment Agency, Inc. over allegations that the company delayed the start date of two employees with refugee status after requiring them to provide specific Form I-9 documentation in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act's (INA) anti-discrimination provisions.… Continue Reading

DOJ Announces Settlement with Specialty Food Company Over Discriminatory Document Practices

On July 20, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a settlement agreement with United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) over allegations that the company violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) by impermissibly re-verifying the work authorization of legal permanent residents and requiring certain non-citizen workers to present specific documentation during the Form I-9 completion process.… Continue Reading

Company Agrees to Forfeit $2 Million for Employing Undocumented Workers

In keeping with the federal government's practice of using increasingly severe fines and forfeitures to address violations of federal immigration law, the U.S. Attorney's Office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) announced that ABC Professional Services, Inc. (ABC) has agreed to forfeit $2 million to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and adhere to revised immigration compliance procedures in return for averting criminal prosecution.… Continue Reading
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