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Duplicate E-Verify Entries

A new feature in E-Verify will now provide a notification to users when a case is entered that includes the same Social Security number as another case entered in the previous 30 days. Oftentimes duplicate cases are entered...more

6/27/2014 - E-Verify Immigrants USCIS Visas

OCAHO Reduces I-9 Fine from $90K to $25K

The Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) has jurisdiction to review penalties imposed by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for I-9 compliance violations. In calculating the amount of the...more

6/20/2014 - Audits Fines I-9 ICE Jurisdiction OCAHO

No Immigration in House Plans for June

Proponents of immigration reform have been waiting with bated breath to see whether the topic will be taken up in the House any time soon. It looks like that will not happen, at least not in the month of June. ...more

6/13/2014 - Immigration Reform Legislative Agendas

Revised USCIS Guidance: Form I-693 No Longer Required As Initial Evidence

Generally, all applicants for adjustment of status to that of a lawful permanent resident must submit Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, completed by a physician designated by the U.S....more

6/6/2014 - Evidence Immigrants Medical Examinations USCIS Visas

Military Attempts to Expand Recruitment Beyond Residents and Citizens

The Pentagon announced recently that it is considering ways in which to expand its ability to recruit beyond lawful permanent residents (“LPRs”) and U.S. citizens. Typically, enlistment is only open to LPRs and citizens....more

5/30/2014 - Citizens DOD Immigrants Lawful Permanent Residents

OCAHO Finds E-Verify Participation Does Not Provide Blanket Protection

E-Verify is the internet based system through which employers can verify the work eligibility of new hires. Upon hiring a new employee, the employer checks the employee’s information against Department of Homeland Security...more

5/22/2014 - E-Verify OCAHO Social Security Social Security Adminstration

Surprise Site Visits for L-1 Employers Expected

Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS), a faction of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), confirmed recently in a stakeholder teleconference that the FDNS plans to start making surprise visits to employers...more

5/16/2014 - Fraud H-1B Immigrants Inspections L-1 USCIS Visas

OCAHO Fines Construction Company $228,000 for I-9 Violations

A recent assessment by the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) resulted in a fine of $228,000 against M&D Masonry, a Georgia construction contractor, for I-9 violations. Immigration and Customs...more

5/2/2014 - Construction Workers Contractors Fraud I-9 ICE Immigrants OCAHO

Michigan Becomes Second State Approved EB-5 Regional Center

The State of Michigan announced last week that it received approval by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to operate a government run EB-5 regional center. The regional center will be the second state-run...more

4/18/2014 - EB-5 Economic Development Foreign Nationals Investors USCIS

Chilean Visa Waiver Implementation Accelerated

Recently, the United States announced that Chile would be added to the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to enter the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program (“VWP”). May 1, 2014, was the original implementation date,...more

4/14/2014 - Immigrants Visas Waivers

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Immigration Enforcement Case

The Supreme Court is refusing to hear a Maryland immigration enforcement dispute. The Court announced it won't hear Frederick County’s appeal of a ruling last August by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The dispute now...more

3/27/2014 - Immigration Enforcement SCOTUS

Chile Newest Visa Waiver Country

Beginning May 1, 2014, Chile will become the latest country to join the US' Visa Waiver program. This means that Chilean passport holders with 1) an approved Electronic System for Travel Authorization (“ESTA”) and 2) an...more

3/18/2014 - ESTA Travel Visas Visitors

How Do I Correct My Immigration Records After Resolving a Tentative Non-confirmation?

E-Verify compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to information compiled from various government agencies. If the information matches, the employee is eligible to work in the...more

3/4/2014 - E-Verify Immigration Records Recordkeeping Requirements Tentative Nonconfirmation USCIS

Canada’s Immigrant Investor Program Ends, Increases U.S. Opportunities

Earlier this month, Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2014 announced that the country would be ending its Immigrant Investor Program (IIP). The Canadian government made the decision to end the program in order to eliminate a...more

2/27/2014 - Canada Immigrants Investors Visas

Important Announcement for DACA Recipients

If you were granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (“DACA”) status by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement prior to August 15, 2012, or if you are a DACA recipient...more

2/25/2014 - DACA ICE Immigrants

Employers Beware

As regularly reported in the news, the crackdown on employers by the federal government continues. If your company is targeted and I-9 violations are discovered, fines for simple paperwork violations, even if no undocumented...more

2/25/2014 - Employer Liability Issues I-9 Penalties Undocumented Immigrants USCIS Visas

Fiscal Year 2015 H-1B Filings

A reminder that filings requesting an H-1B number for Fiscal Year 2015 (beginning October 1, 2014) can be submitted to USCIS starting April 1, 2014. ...more

2/14/2014 - Filing Requirements H-1B Immigrants USCIS Visas

OPT STEM Extension Applications Denied in Error

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced recently that it has come to the attention of its Service Center Operations (SCOPS) that certain optional practical training (OPT) science, technology,...more

2/14/2014 - STEM USCIS

New Centralized Process for Civil Surgeon Designation

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced recently that it will be implementing a new process to receive and adjudicate applications for civil surgeon designation centrally at the National Benefits...more

2/7/2014 - Civil Surgeons USCIS

Discussion on Immigration Reform Revived

On January 30, 2014, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives released a set of broad “standards” for immigration reform. Issued in draft form, the standards would allow many undocumented immigrants to live legally...more

2/4/2014 - Border Security Immigration Reform

USCIS Issues Guidance Clarifying “Reason to Believe” Standard for I-601A Waivers

On January 24, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a Policy Memorandum clarifying the “reason to believe” standard for denying I-601A provisional unlawful presence waiver applications involving...more

1/30/2014 - Criminal Prosecution Deportation I-601A Immigrants USCIS Visas

Preparing for the 2014 H-1B Season and the April 1 Filing Date

Employers who wish to employ workers in the H-1B “specialty occupation” category starting on October 1, 2014, cannot file those applications earlier than six months in advance, or prior to April 1, 2014. The government has...more

1/28/2014 - Filing Deadlines H-1B Immigrants USCIS Visas

New Countries Eligible to Participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State have added four countries to the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa programs for the coming year. The...more

1/23/2014 - Department of State DHS H-2A H-2B Immigrants Visas

Non-Immigrant Visa Interview Waiver Program Now Permanent

In January 2012, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) introduced a pilot program waiving visa interviews for certain types of visa applicants. The DOS has announced that the visa interview waiver program is now permanent. ...more

1/23/2014 - Department of State Non-Immigrant Visas Visas Waivers

BIA Holds Pending Application for H-1B Extension Does Not Confer Lawful Status

On November 7, 2013, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), issued an unpublished decision sustaining the denial of an adjustment application and holding that the respondent had failed to maintain lawful status during the...more

1/13/2014 - F-1 Foreign Nationals Green Cards H-1B Human Resources Professionals Labor Certifications PERM Residency Requirements Residency Status USCIS Visas

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