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USCIS Issues Scam Alert for Employers

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is warning that some employers are receiving scam emails requesting Form I-9 information. The emails appear to come from USCIS, from a fraudulent email address:...more

11/13/2017  /  Fraud Alerts , FTC , I-9 , Scams , USCIS

USCIS Releases New Form I-9

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification dated as of July 17, 2017. Employers will be able to use this revised version or continue using...more

7/18/2017  /  I-9 , Required Forms , USCIS

Department of State Will Begin Implementing 90-Day Travel and Refugee Ban Beginning June 29, 2017

Pursuant to the Supreme Court Ruling on June 26, 2017, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced by cable that it would begin implementing the more limited terms of President Trump’s Executive Order beginning at 8:00 PM...more

Supreme Court Decides to Hear Travel and Refugee Ban Case and Clarifies Enforcement of Executive Orders Pending Hearing

On June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court consolidated the two key cases in the travel and refugee ban litigation sparked by President Trump’s executive orders and decided that the case will be heard during the first session of the...more

A Harbinger For Some U.S. Visa Applicants of More Rigorous Vetting and Longer Waits for U.S. Visas?

On March 6th, President Trump issued a Memorandum Seeking Rigorous Evaluation of All Grounds of Inadmissibility. As a direct result of the March 6th Memorandum, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) has submitted a request to...more

USCIS Announces Targeted Use of Site Visits to Certain H-1B Employers to Detect H-1B Visa Fraud and Abuse

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced in April multiple measures to deter and detect H-1B visa fraud and abuse. The H-1B visa program is meant to help U.S. companies recruit highly skilled foreign...more

Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") Announces New Office for Victims of Illegal Immigrant Crime

DHS Secretary John F. Kelly announced yesterday the official launch of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office (“VOICE”), designed to assist victims of crimes...more

4/28/2017  /  Administrative Agencies , DHS , ICE

Two Notable Immigration Developments

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

United States District Court Judge Blocks Trump Administration from Withholding Federal Funds from Sanctuary Cities

On April 25, 2017, United States District Court Judge William Orrick imposed a temporary injunction on any attempts by the Trump administration to enforce portions of an executive order that called for the withholding of...more

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

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

4/26/2017  /  I-9 , Required Forms , USCIS

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

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

Department of Homeland Security Issues Two Memos Regarding Implementation of Two Recent Executive Orders on Immigration...

On February 20, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) issued a pair of memos outlining how DHS will implement the President’s two recent executive orders concerning immigration enforcement. The DHS memos...more

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds the Temporary Restraining Order on Enforcement of President Trump’s Jan. 27 Executive Order

On February 9, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously denied the U.S. Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”)’s emergency motion requesting an administrative stay of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of...more

Oral Argument Tuesday, February 7th on Enforcement of President Trump’s January 27th Executive Order

On February 3, 2017, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington issued a temporary restraining order, prohibiting the federal government from enforcing certain sections of President Trump’s...more

Guidance For Conducting an I-9 Self-Audit

The idea of an audit by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) is enough to send a chill down any organization’s spine. Audits of organizations’ Forms I-9 had been steadily increasing under the Obama administration,...more

Executive Orders Regarding Immigration With More to Come

In response to the executive order issued this past week as well as related concerns about changes in the administration of existing programs, Shipman & Goodwin’s Immigration Law Practice Group has formed an interdisciplinary...more

If You Do Any Hiring, New I-9 Forms Must be Used Effective January 2017

On November 14, 2016, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (“Form I-9”). This isn’t the first time it has done so but a new...more

USCIS Releases A Revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

On November 14, 2016, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (“Form I-9”). Established by the Immigration Reform and Control...more

USCIS Increases Application and Petition Filing Fees as of December 23, 2016

On October 24, 2016, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) published a final rule in the Federal Register adjusting the filing fees required for many nonimmigrant and immigrant application and...more

11/1/2016  /  Filing Fees , Final Rules , USCIS

How to Avoid Discrimination in Hiring, While Complying with Export Laws

Imagine your company has employed a research scientist to support your technology programs. The scientist is a citizen of the People’s Republic of China and holds an H-1B visa, but is not authorized to view certain...more

Compliance Conundrum -- Unauthorized Exports v. Discrimination: Find a Win in a Lose-Lose Scenario

Imagine your company has employed a research scientist to support your technology programs. The scientist is a citizen of the People’s Republic of China and holds an H-1B visa, but is not authorized to view certain...more

Major Modifications to Immigration Programs May Cause Major Headaches

Today, I’m delighted to bring you what I hope will be the first of several updates for employers from the immigration law perspective. One of my newest colleagues, Ashley Mendoza, along with my law partner Brenda Eckert,...more

Approaching the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s New STEM OPT Extension Regulations with Caution

On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) will implement major modifications to Optional Practical Training (“OPT”) extensions for students on F-1 visas enrolled in science, technology,...more

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