Has ICE Been Busy in 2013? What to Expect if You Get a Notice of Inspection -
On November 6, 1986, the Immigration Reform and Control Act required employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of their...more
In This Presentation:
- A Look Back at 2013
- Where Do We Go From Here?
- What Is This H-1B Cap Stuff?
- Why Immigration Reform Is Not Imminent
- What About Form I-9 And E-Verify?
- Enforcement On The...more
I. H-1B Nonimmigrant Season Opens on April 1, 2014, for Fiscal Year 2015 -
As most H-1B employers know, there is an annual quota on the number of new H-1B petitions that can be approved each federal fiscal year. The...more
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
When someone who’s not a U.S. citizen is accused of a crime, that person’s immigration status is in jeopardy. A noncitizen can be removed from the United States by deportation or denied entry by inadmissibility....more
The ripples of the U.S. government shutdown that began on Tuesday are being felt all across the country. Fortunately, because immigration agencies are largely self-funded and because of the national security issues involved,...more
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
The unthinkable is happening, a U.S. government shutdown. What is the impact of this on immigration matters?
The United States Passport Office will stop processing U.S. passport and passport card...more
New versions of several key immigration forms have been released in 2013. Among these new forms are the G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative; the I-9, Employment Eligibility...more
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released the revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9, which employers are required to use to verify the identity and employment authorization of newly...more
Every employer is required to verify the identity and employment eligibility of a new employee within three days of the date of hire. To comply with this obligation, an employer must review acceptable documents that establish...more
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
According to the Department of State, sequestration will likely reduce the number of officers processing visa applications, which will negatively impact wait times at U.S. consulates....more
In this edition of the newsletter, you will read about the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) recent publication of its Final Rule to support family unity during waiver process; and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration...more
Originally published in the 2012 Edition of Inside the Minds published by Aspatore/Thomson West.
This chapter discusses the current immigration enforcement climate for US employers, which involves a...more
Give your company the gift of an immigration audit this year – it may just keep your company off the government’s naughty list. Here are the top 12 immigration mistakes employers made in 2012...more
One of the stated prerequisites for receiving a grant of “deferred action” status (one that allows such residents to stay in the U.S. temporarily without fear of prosecution) is a requirement that an individual must have...more
Many individuals who are residing and working in this country without proper documentation are hopeful that they can receive a grant of “deferred action” status, which will allow such residents to stay in the U.S. temporarily...more
Many individuals who are residing and working in this country without proper documentation are worried about pursuing a grant of “deferred action” status (one that allows such residents to stay in the U.S. temporarily without...more
Soon after launching the “deferred action” program to suspend immigration enforcement actions against qualifying individuals who came to the U.S. as children, the White House and the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”)...more
A cursory Internet search reveals that many people are curious about whether individuals can appeal a denial of a request to the government for “deferred action” status. While there is no process for formal appeal, there is a...more
Since June 15th 2012, hundreds of Dreamers (or DACA beneficiaries) have walked into immigration law offices in the U.S. and close to half of them actually qualify for better relief than Deferred Action. As experienced...more
Official Application Instructions from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (the “DREAM Act”) was first introduced to Congress in August 2001. The...more
Since the announcement of the new “deferred action” policy by President Obama on June 15, many questions have been raised about what the policy is and how it will be implemented....more
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