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“New Jersey Job Protections Act” Would Require Use Of E-Verify By New Jersey Employers

In January 2014, both the Senate and Assembly introduced bills (S354 and A101) that would require all New Jersey employers to use the federal “E-Verify” system to check the employment eligibility of each new hire, within 90...more

House GOP Leadership Signals Support for Mandatory Employment Verification and More Visas for Skilled Workers

U.S. employers should take note of the House GOP’s announcement on January 30, 2014, because it could signal a move towards mandatory participation in E-Verify and an increase in the number of visas available to foreign...more

USCIS Implements E-Verify Enhancements Designed to Reduce Fraud

Last month, U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is implementing an enhancement to the E-Verify program that is designed to help combat identity fraud. According to USCIS, the enhancement “provides...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

Updates from USCIS: Parole in Place, E-Verify and December Visa News

Parole in Place (PIP) Provides Pathway to Green Card for Families of Service Members - The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a policy memorandum addressing the parole of spouses, children...more

Immigration Fraud Whistleblower Likely to receive a $5M Bounty from Infosys’s $34M False Claims Act Settlement: Is Your Business...

On October 30, 2013, Infosys Limited (“Infosys”), an Indian IT company, signed a settlement agreement with the United States in the Eastern District of Texas to resolve allegations that Infosys knowingly presented to...more

President Obama Urges Congress to More Forward with Immigration Reform Legislation

As we recently reported, immigration reform has stalled in recent months and some doubt whether immigration reform will be enacted this year. But with the government shutdown behind us, President Obama is again urging members...more

Who’s Authorized to Work in the U.S.? A Guide for Employers and Foreign Nationals

There are numerous opportunities for employers to hire foreign nationals who are legally authorized to work in the U.S., but understanding the various eligible classifications and complying with verification procedures can be...more

What To Do While the Government Is Shutdown

As many employers are discovering, several federal government services are temporarily disabled during the current government shutdown. One such service used by tens of thousands – and required by many -- employers across the...more

New Immigration Reform Bill Introduced in United States Legislature

On October 2, 2013, members of the Democratic Political Party in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced H.R. 15, “The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act”. H.R. 15 is a comprehensive...more

Federal Government Shutdown Impacts Certain Immigration Processes

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Is Not Affected - USCIS operations are fully funded by filing fees paid when petitions and applications are filed, so the agency is not affected by the current federal...more

U.S. Government Shutdown: Immigration and Visa Consequences for the Business Community

The unthinkable is happening, a U.S. government shutdown. What is the impact of this on immigration matters? Passports - The United States Passport Office will stop processing U.S. passport and passport card...more

I-9 and E-Verify Developments: Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel’s Activities Provide Roadmap for Employers;...

The Office of Special Counsel Steps in to Address Common I-9 Violations - Retailer Macy’s entered into a settlement agreement with the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC)...more

What Comprehensive Immigration Reform May Mean To Your Business

Comprehensive Immigration Reform is a hot topic in Congress and in the news media. While the debate continues to rage over issues pertaining to legal status for undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S., don’t lose sight...more

Employees Now Notified of SSA and I-9 Mismatches

USCIS has announced an E-Verify customer service enhancement that will inform employees about Tentative Non-Confirmations (TNCs), which result from discrepancies between the data employees provide during the I-9 employment...more

Staggered Implementation Of Georgia And North Carolina E-Verify Laws Completed On July 1

In May and June 2011 respectively, the states of Georgia and North Carolina each passed laws mandating the use of E-Verify, an internet-based system, administered by the federal government, which allows businesses to...more

Snapshots of Big Picture and Meaningful Small-Scale Developments in the World of Immigration

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) E-Verify system will now contact employees directly in the event of a Social Security Administration (SSA) or Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Tentative...more

Historic Immigration Bill Passes Senate but House May Have Its Own Agenda

Vice President Joe Biden presided over a historic session as the Senate passed its immigration reform bill, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744), last Thursday, June 27, 2013....more

How Will the Immigration Reform Proposals Impact Businesses & Employees?

Much of the debate surrounding immigration reform has centered around providing a pathway to Citizenship for the 11 million undocumented people in the country. While a significant part of the legislation is focused on this...more

Key Reforms in Immigration Bill Move to Full Senate Debate

Less than 48 hours ago, by a vote of 13-5, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bipartisan immigration reform bill known as “The Border Security, Economic Opportunity & Immigration Modernization Act of 2013,”...more

Senate Immigration Proposal Offers Both Exciting Options And More Regulation For Employers

Last month, the so-called “Gang of Eight” Democratic and Republican Senators released their comprehensive immigration reform bill entitled the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of...more

The Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013

A bipartisan group of eight U.S. senators on Tuesday (April 16, 2013) introduced the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, an 844-page bill that aims to bolster border security and...more

Employers and Employees: Take Note of Senate’s Immigration Reform Bill

The bipartisan bill on immigration reform introduced in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday of this past week does not even have a number assigned to it yet, but already it has drawn more attention and support than any prior attempt...more

Immigration Reform in the 113th Congress

In 2007, when a bipartisan group of senators and then President Bush tried to pass major immigration reform legislation, vocal opposition to the effort doomed the bill and any real attempt at reform since. The 2012 election...more

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