United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency

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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E-Verify Update and Improvements

E-Verify has been operational since 1997 as part of a Basic Pilot Program to assist employers to verify electronically that a newly hired employee is authorized to work in the US. A number of states have made use of E-Verify...more

USCIS Branch Quietly Turning E-Verify Mistakes into DOJ, ICE Enforcement Actions

If you have been following their press releases, complaints, and settlement agreements over the past several months, the Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices...more

Overview of U.S. Immigration Law & Procedures for Employers

In This Presentation: - Government Agencies Involved - Terms & Definitions - U.S. Citizens - Lawful Permanent Residents (Immigrants or “Green Card” Holders) - Paths to Permanent Residency -...more

Employers Must Be Prepared for I-9 and E-Verify Inspections - Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Inspection of Forms I-9...

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

Immigration Compliance In An Era Of Worksite Enforcement

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

Immigration Alert: January 2014

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

Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 Compliance

Please remember that, effective May 7, 2013, employers must use only the most recent version of Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13)N. The revision date of the Form I-9 is printed on the lower left corner of the form. Among other things,...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

Immigration Consequences Of A Guilty Plea

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

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

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

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

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

May 2013 Brings New Immigration Forms

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

New Form I-9 Required Beginning May 7

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

The New I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form Has Finally Been Published

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

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

Sequestration To Delay Consular Visa Processing & Other Effects

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

White House Immigration Newsletter December 2012/January 2013

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

New Compliance Concerns for Employers of Foreign Workers

Originally published in the 2012 Edition of Inside the Minds published by Aspatore/Thomson West. Introduction - This chapter discusses the current immigration enforcement climate for US employers, which involves a...more

Top 12 Immigration Mistakes Employers Made In 2012

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

“Deferred Action” and Travel Outside the U.S.

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

Sources For More Information About “Deferred Action”

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

Requests for “Deferred Action” Not Linked to Removal Proceedings

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

Dangers of Fraudulent Application for Deferred Action

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

Those Not Eligible for Deferred Action Not Out of Luck

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

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