United States Citizenship and Immigration Services I-9

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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OSC Stresses Need to Comply with Federal E-Verify Requirements Regardless of Potential State Conflicts

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) used a case involving the apparent conflict between federal E-Verify rules and a Missouri state law to...more

E-Verify Records Will Soon Be Purged

This is a reminder that, as of March 31, 2017, employers will not have access to E-Verify records that were created on or before Dec. 31, 2006. E-Verify is an internet-based system that compares information from the...more

DHS Site Visits and Inspections — Be Prepared

From time to time, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) conducts site visits at the offices of employers petitioning for temporary work visas on behalf of their employees. These visits are funded by the $500 “anti-fraud”...more

Wage and Hour Changes for NYS Employers, plus a New Form I-9

Salary Thresholds for Exempt Employees Increased for NY Employers - Although the increase in the minimum salary required for employees to be exempt from overtime pay under federal law has been put on hold by a federal...more

March 2017 Special Immigration Alert

President Trump Issues Revised Executive Order on Travel - Today, President Trump issued a revised executive order on travel that becomes effective at 12:01 a.m. EDT on March 16, 2017 (“March 16 EO”). The March 16 EO...more

Compliance News Flash

This week’s news flash – a quick overview of timely background screening and immigration-related news that is important to your organization. 1. Old news is that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued...more

Alert: New Handbook for Employers (M-274) is available

On February 28, 2017, USCIS published a new Handbook for Employers (“Handbook”) to accompany its updated version of the Form I-9, dated 11/14/2016 N. The new Handbook is a useful resource for employers because it addresses an...more

The I-9: How Much Trouble Can One Piece Of Paper Cause?

No new hire has ever been accused of enjoying the time spent filling out the myriad forms they must execute at the outset of their employment. Likewise, it would be a curious manager who listed “helping new hires with...more

Employer Client Alert - March 2017

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) released an updated M-274, Handbook for Employers, Guidance for Completing Form I-9. The new M-274 has a revision date of 1/22/17....more

Executive Orders on Immigration: How Employers Can Prepare for Increased Enforcement Actions

Recent press reports describe worksite raids and other types of enforcement action by U.S. immigration authorities, illustrating the new immigration reality introduced by the Trump Administration. Employers have taken notice...more

Are You Using the New I-9 Form?

As the Trump administration settles in, those of us who counsel employers have cautioned to “expect the unexpected.” Certainly, the last five weeks have brought a bevy of twists and turns. However, one consistent theme from...more

Dear Littler: Does an Employer Have to Report Discrepancies Identified in Old I-9 Forms?

Dear Littler: A former employee recently reapplied for an open position at our company. In reviewing the new-hire paperwork, we noticed that her social security number did not match the one we had on file previously. Her new...more

Parsing the Revisions to the I-9 Handbook for Employers

On January 22, 2017, two days after President Trump was inaugurated but with no connection to that event, USCIS published a new Form I-9 for verification of employment authorization required for every new hire since 1986. ...more

New I-9 Handbook for Employers

USCIS’s new M-274 “Handbook for Employers with Guidance for Completing Form I-9” is now available. In addition to detailed I-9 completion instructions, the Handbook contains guidance on Photocopying and Retention, Unlawful...more

Three Key Immigration Developments in President Trump’s First Weeks

Immigration has been in the forefront of the news since President Trump took office and will likely remain so in the near future. Here, we discuss three key business immigration issues that have seen significant developments...more

Revised Version of the M-274, Handbook for Employers is Available

The wait is over! U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued an updated M-274, Handbook for Employers which provides guidance on completion of the Form I-9 and an overview of unlawful discrimination and...more

New I-9 Form in an Environment of Increased Audits and Increased Fines

USCIS has released a new version of the Form I-9, which all employers must use beginning January 22, 2017. Employers should read the new Form I-9 instructions in full and also review the content of the new I-9 version...more

New I-9 Forms Available for Immediate Use!

The federal government requires employers to verify the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States. As of January 22, 2017, all employers must use the new I-9 Forms released...more

Employer Client Alert

On February 2, 2017, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) issued the following practice alert entitled “Automatic Extensions of EADs Under ‘High-Skilled’ Final Rule.”...more

USCIS Issues Fact Sheet and Guidance on Automatic Extensions of EAD and I-9 Compliance

Among the last rules issued during the Obama Administration, Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers went into effect on January 17, 2017. One...more

President Trump Signs Executive Order Calling for Travel Ban, Increased Foreign National Vetting Procedures and Visa Processing...

President Trump’s Executive Order (“Order”) of January 27, 2017, “Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States,” could have a significant impact on the American immigration system. Employers...more

Employers Must Use New Form I-9 Immediately

All U.S. employers must now use the new Form I-9 (employment eligibility verification form) that was released by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in November. The old form (stamped “Expires 03/31/2016” in the...more

Employers Must Use New I-9 Form

Last November, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced an updated Form I-9 for employers to use in verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the...more

Revised Version of the Form I-9 Became Mandatory on January 22, 2017

As of January 22, 2017, U.S. employers should be using the new Form I-9 for Employment Eligibility Verification, available. Federal immigration law requires that U.S. employers use the Form I-9 to verify the identity and...more

What Employers Need to Know About the New Form I-9

Employers and employees are now required to complete the revised Form I-9 – Employment Eligibility Verification – released by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Nov. 14, 2016. Use of the revised Form I-9...more

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