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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is a federal agency under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. The USCIS... more +
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is a federal agency under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. The USCIS performs a broad variety of administrative functions, including processing visa and naturalization petitions, as well as applications for asylum and refugee status.  less -
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Employment Law 101: I-9 Forms

What is an I-9 Form: Hopefully, you are all familiar with the I-9 Form. All employers are required to complete one for all new employees by the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services...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

Eleventh Circuit Court Holds That Remarriage Does Not Bar Green Card Eligibility for Surviving Relative

In Williams v. U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reversed the district court's grant of summary judgment and remanded the case, finding that remarriage does not bar...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

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

Legal Alert: E-Verify Returns as Federal Government Reopens

After the long federal government shutdown, E-Verify features and services are now available. Information For Employers - Tentative Nonconfirmation (TNC) - If you received a TNC referred between September 17,...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

Effect of Government Shutdown on Immigration

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

Government Shutdown and Employment-Related Immigration Implications

Effective October 1, 2013, U.S. federal government operations are experiencing a lapse in appropriations due to the inability of Congress to pass a funding bill. Following are implications on immigration-related government...more

DHS Recommends Changes regarding Application of “Specialized Knowledge” Criteria for L-1B Visas

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued a report to the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) regarding the implementation of L-1 visa regulations. The report contains various recommendations to...more

President Celebrates Citizenship Day and the Contributions of Immigrants

This week, communities across the country are coming together to celebrate Constitution Day, Citizenship Day, and Constitution Week, The President celebrated the historical influence of immigrants of all backgrounds in his...more

USCIS Inspector General Issues Report regarding L Visas

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued a report to the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) regarding the implementation of L-1 visa regulations....more

DHS Report Signals New Challenges For L-1 Intracompany Transferees

The L visa allows qualifying multinational companies with a parent, subsidiary, branch, or affiliate abroad to transfer managers and executives (L-1A) and employees with “specialized knowledge” (L-1B) to work in the United...more

An Immigration Guide for International Same-Sex Married Couples

As we recently reported, the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled in the case of U.S. v. Windsor that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, and President Obama subsequently directed federal government...more

Immigration Alert: July 2013

I. SCOTUS Holds DOMA Unconstitutional - On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States ("SCOTUS") held that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA") was unconstitutional. United States v. Windsor,...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

Homeland Security Issues Guidance on Same-Sex Immigration Benefits

After the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of U.S. v. Windsor, which found that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, President Obama directed federal government departments to ensure that...more

What Windsor Means for Same-Sex Married Couples Seeking U.S. Immigration Benefits

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Windsor that Section 3 of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) is unconstitutional. This Section of DOMA prohibited the U.S. government from conferring any...more

DHS Clarifies Date for Mandatory Use of New Form I-9 – May 7, 2013

As stated in our March 18, 2013 Labor & Employment Law Perspectives, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a new version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. ...more

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