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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 -

Return of Petitions Not Selected in the H-1B Lottery Triggers “Cap Gap” Considerations

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on May 3, 2017, that data entry for the FY2018 H-1B visa lottery has been completed and that petitions not accepted under the lottery selection process will...more

I-9 Compliance & H-1B, H-4 Visa Changes in Trump’s 1st 100 Days

Earlier this year we hosted a seminar titled “Immigration and the Trump Administration: What Every Employer Needs to Know for the First 100 Days and Beyond.” As we’re sure you’ve seen on the news, immigration has been a...more

Updated Green Card and EAD Designs Enhance Safety Features, No Changes for I-9 Purposes

Employers and I-9 professionals should be aware that starting Monday, May 1, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin issuing a redesigned Permanent Resident Card (also known as a “Green Card” or...more

USCIS Announces Redesign of Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents

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Beginning on May 1, 2017, USCIS will begin issuing a redesigned Permanent Resident card (green card) and Employment Authorization Document (EAD). This initiative is part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document...more

Two Notable Immigration Developments

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Employers Should Review USCIS Fillable Forms I-9 Completed Based on Download From USCIS Website Between November 14 and November 17, 2016 for Social Security Number Glitch - Any employer who used the revised fillable Form...more

Employers Should Review USCIS Fillable Forms I-9 Completed Between November 14 and November 17, 2016 for Social Security Number...

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Any employer who used the revised fillable Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, downloaded from the USCIS website between November 14 and November 17, 2016 should review those forms to ensure that their employees’...more

Thawing the ICE: Using Internal Audits to Reduce Form I-9 Exposure

As the 100-day mark of President Trump’s tenure approaches, it’s clear that the new administration intends to take a tough, aggressive approach to immigration enforcement – and employers are sure to feel the heat. The...more

Immigration Dispatch USCIS To Issue Redesigned Green Cards And Employment Authorization Documents

As part of an ongoing effort to enhance document security and deter counterfeiting and fraud, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced that it will soon begin issuing redesigned Permanent Resident...more

Potential Government Shutdown: Immigration Consequences for Employers and their Foreign National Employees

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: If Congress fails to pass a funding bill by midnight on Friday, April 28, resulting in a federal government shutdown, it would trigger numerous immigration-related ripple effects on employers, both large...more

Compliance News Flash

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

This week’s news flash – a quick overview of timely background screening and immigration-related news that is important to your organization. 1. Massachusetts employers and consumer reporting agencies (i.e., background...more

Starting May 1, 2017 USCIS Will Issue Redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card, commonly known as the Green Card, and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation...more

I-9 Alert: USCIS Reveals Social Security Number Glitch in Early Days of New Form's Release

by Clark Hill PLC on

Employers who downloaded the current Form I-9 and completed it electronically between November 14 and November 17, 2016 should check completed Forms I-9 for Social Security number glitch. Employers should be using Form...more

Form I-9 Alert!: Social Security Number Glitch

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On April 17, 2017, USCIS alerted stakeholders concerning a glitch on the Form I-9. The glitch specifically relates to any Form I-9 downloaded between November 14, 2016 and November 17, 2016 and the employee’s Social...more

Reminder: Glitch in Form I-9 in November 2016

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

USCIS is reminding employers that if they are continuing to use a Form I-9 (“Smart Form”) that was downloaded between November 14 (when the form first became available) and November 17, 2016, they should download, save, and...more

Quick Guidance: What To Do In The Event of a Visit By The DHS-ICE Agents

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: As the Department of Homeland Security, as well as the administration generally, signals increases in immigration enforcement activity, businesses are advised to implement clear protocols for the conduct of...more

Mind the Gap: Automatic Work Authorization Extensions Help Foreign National Employees Stay Productive Following EAD Expiration

In the last months of President Barack Obama’s administration many regulatory changes were made that were meant to improve the functioning of the business immigration system, including changes to the process for Employment...more

North Carolina: The E-Verify Times, They Are A-Changin’

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

The employment legal landscape certainly is changing, and this change is particularly visible at the federal level. But while you await the Affordable Care Act’s fate with bated breath, don’t forget that your state...more

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

by Littler on

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

by Mintz Levin on

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

by White & Case LLP on

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

by Epstein Becker & Green on

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?

by Fisher Phillips on

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

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