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Alternative Strategies for Rejected FY19 H-1B’s

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has started returning H-1B petitions to employers whose cases were not selected in the recent H-1B lottery selection process. The USCIS reported that a total of 195,000 H-1B...more

USCIS and DOJ Partner to Share Data in an Effort to Protect U.S. Workers

On May 11, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) expanding their preexisting collaboration with the goal of better...more

USCIS Unveils New Round of Enhancements to E-Verify

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) launched a modernized version of E-Verify on April 23, 2018. The changes are a result of feedback from E-Verify users and are intended to enhance the employment eligibility...more

USCIS Disallows STEM OPT Holders From Training at Third Party Sites

As explained below, we advise that a company may not have STEM OPT individuals at its work site unless it is a direct employer that is part of the e-Verify program. ...more

USCIS New Policy Shuts Down STEM OPT Training at Third Party Sites

The extension of the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program for international students with degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) allows eligible students to apply to extend their...more

Critical Action Steps for Employer Compliance During ICE Raid

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Miles & Stockbridge lawyer Sufen Zhang covers steps employers can take to prepare for a potential enforcement action by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ...more

USCIS Releases Improvements To E-Verify System

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

After gathering feedback and extensive testing, USCIS has unveiled an updated and modernized E-Verify system to improve the user experience, efficiency, and reduce errors. Enhanced features include:-...more

The Weekly Round-Up: Federal Court Blocks White House from Punishing Sanctuary Cities, Florida Businesses Oppose Mandatory...

Los Angeles Federal Court Bars White House From Punishing Sanctuary Cities - On Wednesday, United States District Court Judge Manuel Real ruled that the Department of Justice could not give special treatment to cities...more

Compliance News Flash

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP is pleased to provide you with the Compliance News Flash, brought to you each Friday. This weekly update is your source for timely background screening and immigration-related news that is important...more

USCIS Launches New E-Verify Website

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Yesterday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the launch of a new and expanded E-Verify website, E-Verify.gov. The website, which is in both the English and Spanish languages, includes sections for...more

E-Verify Has a New Look

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services rolled out an updated website for E-Verify. E-Verify is a web-based system that allows enrolled employers to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United...more

ICE Raids Tennessee Meatpacking Plant, Apprehends And Detains Dozens

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In what appears to be the largest worksite enforcement raid under the current administration, ICE arrested 97 immigrants at a meatpacking plant in Tennessee. Eighty-six of the people apprehended were arrested on immigration...more

Important E-Verify Announcement: All Regular Timelines Will Remain In Force, For Now

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Despite its prior announcement, USCIS has just notified the public that the E-Verify enhancements will be postponed. ...more

Time to Complete Open E-Verify Cases

by Mintz Levin on

On Wednesday, March 14, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) alerted employers enrolled in ??its E-Verify employment confirmation program that it will transfer all E-Verify case data to a new interface later this...more

E-Verify And Related Services Will Be Down This Weekend

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced last Thursday that, due to system enhancements, E-Verify will be unavailable this weekend, from midnight EDT Friday, March 23, until 8 a.m. EDT Monday, March...more

E-Verify To Be Temporarily Suspended For System Upgrade, USCIS Announces

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Some E-Verify timeframes will be suspended temporarily, USCIS has announced. E-Verify services will be unavailable from midnight March 23 (Friday) to 8:00 a.m. March 26 (Monday) due to system upgrades. The agency has provided...more

ICE Announces Three-Prong Workplace Enforcement Strategy

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On January 10, 2018, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released a statement detailing a new, comprehensive worksite enforcement strategy that incorporates: (i) increased Form I-9 audits; (ii) more unannounced...more

New California Law: Employers Must “Resist” Federal Immigration Agents

by Hogan Lovells on

Effective January 1, 2018, the California Immigrant Worker Protection Act (the “Act”) requires private and public employers to “resist” informal worksite inspections by federal immigration enforcement agents....more

President's FY 2019 Budget Proposal Signals Cuts to Labor and Employment Funding

by Littler on

President Trump's budget proposal for fiscal year 2019 indicates the administration intends to scale back the Department of Labor (DOL) and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). ...more

Buyer Beware: I-9 Compliance in Mergers and Acquisitions

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

With a new tax law and a booming American economy, mergers and acquisitions will occur at a busy pace in 2018. In a prior post, we explained some of the employment authorization issues that may arise in such corporate...more

How a Federal Government Shutdown Affects U.S. Employment-Based Immigration

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

After a brief federal government shutdown over the weekend, the Senate and the House voted on January 22, 2018, on a temporary spending bill that will fund the government until February 8, 2018. The President signed the bill...more

The Government Has Shut Down. Now What?

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Congress was unable to agree on a spending bill and the US government has shut down as of midnight, January 19th. This leaves many wondering how immigration benefits are impacted. The general rule is that those services that...more

Government Shutdown Is Over, For Now

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Congress reached agreement and voted to end the government shutdown at least until February 8, 2018. In case another impasse occurs, this is how a federal government shutdown would affect immigration....more

E-Verify Unavailable Due to Government Shutdown

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Due to the federal government shutdown E-Verify — the electronic employment eligibility verification program that compliments the Form I-9 — is unavailable. This means, among other things, that employers cannot access their...more

A Contractor’s Guide to the Impending Government Shutdown

by Holland & Knight LLP on

With less than a day before the federal government's appropriated funding runs out, confidence in avoiding a potential shutdown is waning. Because of that, contractors should exercise prudence and immediately begin...more

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