Category Archives: E-Verify

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Congress Passes Continuing Resolution Extending EB-5 Program to Dec. 22

By a vote of 235-193, the House passed H.J. Res 123, the Continuing Appropriations Act. Upon passage, H.J.Res 123 was sent immediately to the Senate, where it passed by a vote of 81-14. The Bill now goes to the president wherein he is expected to sign it into law. Today’s action extends government operations and … Continue Reading

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, including 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

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

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

U.S. Department of Justice Announces New Settlement Agreements Resolving Allegations of Citizenship Status Discrimination

On January 30, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a settlement agreement resolving allegations that the City of Waterloo, Iowa excluded a non-U.S. citizen from a firefighter position due to his citizenship status. The Department’s investigation revealed that the City improperly restricted firefighter positions to U.S. citizens, contrary to the anti-discrimination provision of … Continue Reading

There is Still Time for Immigration Reform

As we begin the second half of the 113th Congress, the question of whether immigration reform is possible is in the forefront of the Obama Administration and federal legislators’ minds. The political environment is tense. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives is distrustful of the White House and its agencies. The issues surrounding healthcare reform, the … Continue Reading

E-Verify Releases New and Revised Memoranda of Understanding and Updated User Manual for Participating Employers

On December 8, 2013, E-Verify released three revised Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) for E-Verify browser users and three new MOUs for Web Services users and developers. For new users, the new MOUs went into effect on December 8, 2013; employers who join E-Verify after this date must sign a new or revised MOU with a revision … Continue Reading

GT to Present “Onboarding: Hiring Foreign Nationals” Webinar

The GT Business Immigration & Compliance Practice invites you to attend our “Onboarding: Hiring Foreign Nationals” webinar on Tuesday, December 12, 2013 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET featuring GT attorneys Nataliya Binshteyn, Ali Brodie and Rebecca Schechter. In today’s global marketplace, many companies are recruiting skilled foreign nationals to join their workforce. While this … Continue Reading

USCIS Announces E-Verify Enhancement to Deter Social Security Number Fraud

On November 18, 2013, Alejandro Mayorkas, Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), announced the release of an E-Verify program enhancement designed to target identity fraud by identifying and deterring the fraudulent use of Social Security numbers (SSNs) during the employment eligibility verification process. Specifically, the new E-Verify safeguard enables USCIS to “lock” an … Continue Reading

E-Verify Resumes Post-Shutdown Operations; Other Services Remain Closed as Focus Shifts to Immigration Reform

On October 17, 2013, E-Verify resumed operations after being shuttered during the 16-day federal government shutdown, which ended with a last-minute Congressional vote to reopen the government and raise the nation’s debt ceiling limit. However, at the time of this writing, the U.S. Department of Labor’s iCert portal, which processes required Labor Condition Applications (LCAs) … Continue Reading

Government Shutdown Prompts E-Verify Closure, Imperils Other Immigration Services

The federal government shutdown, which began at 12 AM on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, and is ongoing at the time of this writing, is having an immediate impact on the services provided by federal immigration agencies. A summary of the shutdown's effect on various immigration-related services is below.… Continue Reading