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No Immigration Surprises in President’s Proposed Budget - Mandatory E-Verify, Boosted Enforcement Among Priority Requests

by Fisher Phillips on

President Trump’s proposed budget released by the White House earlier this week contains no real surprises when it comes to the immigration provisions. The budget supports President Trump’s promises to increase immigration...more

California Bill Puts Employers Smack in the Middle of National Immigration Debate

by Fisher Phillips on

Since the election of President Trump, the California Legislature has been vocal and active in efforts to resist announced or anticipated actions of the Trump administration. This includes efforts to make California a...more

New Form I-9 Published

by Fisher Phillips on

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the new form I-9 dated November 14, 2016. Although you may accept the prior version of the Form I-9 for the next two months, you will be required to use this new...more

September 2016 Special Immigration Alert

by Epstein Becker & Green on

I. DOS Announces 2018 Diversity Lottery - The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) just released its instructions for the DV-2018 Diversity Visa (DV-2018) lottery. The registration period begins on Tuesday, October 4,...more

Immigration Law Violations Occurring After November 2, 2015 Carry Heavier Penalties

by Genova Burns LLC on

Effective August 1, 2016 the Department of Justice is assessing higher penalties for employers that violate immigration laws. These penalties cover violations that occurred after November 2, 2015. Specifically, the DOJ’s...more

New STEM OPT Rule Goes Into Effect May 10: Good news and challenges

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Both F-1 students and employers have been following the litigation over the F-1 OPT (optional practical training) program. The government was sued by tech workers in Washington, D.C. regarding a part of this program, the...more

What To Expect When You're Not Expecting: How To Handle Unplanned Visits From Federal Agencies

by Fisher Phillips on

The unannounced arrival of an investigator from a federal agency is an unwelcome business interruption which can be a drain on productive time and arouse collective anxiety in your business environment. Effective management...more

Employers Using E-Verify: Get Ready to Download Your “Historic Records Report” by Year-End

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

U.S. employers enrolled in E-Verify -- the electronic system of employment eligibility verification -- should prepare to download and preserve all E-Verify data submitted to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)...more

Undocumented Worker Can Cause Health Plan Problems

Employers know that since the 1980s they have been required to check the lawful work status of employees that they hire through the I-9 process. Employers also know that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can audit...more

I-9 and E-Verify: Knowing the Difference Makes a Big Difference for Employers

At a recent presentation on Form I-9 compliance a participant asked: “Isn’t E-Verify just an electronic replacement for the I-9 form?” This a great question and I am glad someone asked it because knowing the answer is...more

Tips To Ready Employers When Immigration Agencies Come Knocking

by Carlton Fields on

Worksite enforcement actions for immigration-related matters are on the rise; the Obama Administration is emphasizing worksite compliance obligations; and immigration-related audits are increasing....more

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: The Government Shut Down: Is Immigration "Essential"?

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

In our view, yes. But in the federal government world, only parts of the immigration process are considered “essential” enough to proceed despite the lack of an approved budget. Even so, many immigration services continue to...more

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

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

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

Sequestration Likely to Affect Immigration Services

On March 1, 2013, the Budget Control Act, including sections mandating across-the-board budget cuts to federal agencies (known as “sequestration”), went into effect. The sequester is likely to negatively impact immigration...more

Labor & Employment Law Update - January 2013 : New Year Employer Checklist

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In This Issue: - New Health Care Mandates - I-9's for Immigration in 2013 - A Policies and Procedures Review - Classifying Employees as Exempt or Non-Exempt? - Awareness of National Labor Relations Board...more

Immigration Reform in a Vacuum

by Kathleen Campbell Walker on

In the ten years post the September 11 acts of terror against the United States (U.S.) and the more recent economic downturn in the U.S., the issue of immigration reform has been basically an anathema to the public and our...more

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