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I-9 Verification Updates from AILA-DHS Liaison Meeting

On November 6, 2014, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Verification and Documentation Liaison Committee met with USCIS Verification Division and ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Washington, D.C....more

Executive Order Requires State Agencies and State Contractors to Use E-Verify

On December 3, 2014, Texas Governor Rick Perry issued Executive Order No. RP-80, which requires state agencies and state contractors to use E-Verify. The Order imposes, as a condition of all state contracts for service, a...more

What Employers Need to Know about the New myE-Verify Program

Last month, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the launch of myE-Verify—a new website for employees. Whereas E-Verify is used by employers, the myE-Verify website is intended to be one-stop shop for employees...more

E-Verify Keeps Getting in the News – That is the Way USCIS Wants it

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is heavily invested in the success of the E-Verify program, which it sees as the core for all future employer compliance programs. ...more

Immigration Developments for Highly Skilled Workers: Changes the Business Community Can Expect as a Result of President Obama’s...

On Thursday, November 20th, coinciding with President Obama’s announcement regarding his forthcoming executive action on immigration, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson issued a memo to the directors...more

USCIS Launches New myE-Verify Service For Employees*

On October 6, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new web-based compliance tool for employees called myE-Verify. The new website will serve as a companion tool to E-Verify, the free...more

USCIS Launches New E-Verify Website

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

Avoiding Fines by Starting the I-9 Process Early. Just Not Too Early…

As we have noted in prior posts, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) has been aggressively pursuing I-9 inspections and imposing record fines (about $12.5 million per year) as part of its multi-year strategic plan....more

The Importance of Complying with E-Verify Requirements

Thousands of employers use E-Verify – a voluntary computer system provided to employers by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) that allows employers to verify the employment eligibility of...more

Form I-9 Guidance for Refugees and Asylees

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Office of Special Counsel of the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a joint State Letter on employment eligibility requirements...more

E-Verify: Enrollment Up, But DHS Is on the Prowl for Misuse

The United States Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) has been very successful in increasing the number of employers that participate in the E-Verify program. As of late January 2014, over 500,000 employers are enrolled...more

The Increasing Importance of Using E-Verify as Part of Your Employment Compliance Plan

On January 23, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that more than 500,000 companies now use E-Verify. E-Verify is an internet-based system that allows employers to verify a new hire’s work...more

Will The New E-Verify Security Enhancement Help Or Hurt?

“E-Verify” is an internet-based system, operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA). Used in conjunction with Form I-9, Employment Eligibility...more

E-Verify Errors: The Pitfalls Employers Should Know About

Utah employers with 15 or more employees must register with and use a status verification system to verify work authorization of any new employee. Currently, the only system that verifies work authorization is E-Verify, which...more

Prior Noncompliance with E-Verify Does Not Render Federal Contractors Ineligible for Future Work

Participation in E-Verify is mandatory for certain businesses such as those having contracts with federal agencies. One of the requirements is that the “FAR clause,” which provides that a contractor not enrolled in E-Verify...more

New E-Verify Memorandum of Understanding

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be releasing a new set of E-Verify memoranda of understanding (MOUs), which will become effective on December 8, 2013. The MOU is the legal document that must be executed...more

ICE (Again) Changes Its Position On Pre-Population Of Section 1 Of Form I-9

An important issue for many employers that use electronic I-9 systems is the pre-population of employee information in Section 1 of the I-9 form by electronic I-9 programs. Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, is...more

Capital Thinking: Homeland Security

Federal Emergency Management Agency Reauthorization - On Tuesday, October 22, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) introduced the first ever Federal Emergency Management...more

E-Verify Operations Resume After Government Shutdown

On October 17, 2013, E-Verify resumed operations after the government shutdown. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service has issued detailed guidance on how to handle E-Verify functions affected by the shutdown, which is...more

With Shutdown Over, All E-Verify Services Now Available

After the federal government’s partial shutdown on October 1, 2013, employers were unable to access their E-Verify accounts. Now that funding has been restored and E-Verify services are back online, the Department of Homeland...more

E-Verify Is Back Open for Business

E-Verify is once again available for use by employers following the end of the federal government shutdown. As reported in our last alert, during the shutdown, E-Verify users were unable to access their accounts, verify the...more

E-Verify Resumes Operations Following Federal Government Shutdown

USCIS issued a public announcement on October 17 to employers who were affected by the shutdown of E-Verify that occurred in the government shutdown of the last few weeks. Essentially, employers registered for E-Verify must...more

Alert! U.S. Federal Government Shutdown Ends…. E-Verify has Resumed

During the federal government shutdown all employers were required to continue to complete and retain Form I-9 for every employee hired, however, E-Verify employers were unable to access the federal government online based...more

Current Immigration Consequences of the Government Shutdown

With the federal government shutdown now a reality, employers should be aware of the immigration consequences. The following outlines how the government shutdown is affecting the operations at agencies that process...more

Government Shutdown Affects E-Verify, But Form I-9 Requirements Continue

With the federal government’s partial shutdown in its third day, many federal agency operations have been affected. Among them, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has suspended its E-Verify service until Congress...more

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