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ICE Worksite Enforcement Increases as Promised During Fiscal Year 2018

by Littler on

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s former acting Director, Thomas Homan, indicated last fall that he wanted to quadruple worksite enforcement, and ICE is on track to do so. ICE recently announced it performed 3,510...more

Common Form I-9 Error — Over Re-verification

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

The Department of Justice (DOJ) settled an immigration-related discrimination claim against the University of California, San Diego related to the unlawful re-verification of work authorized individuals....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

Americans Want Spouses of H-1B Holders to Work

by Ronald Shapiro on

Lawmakers are urging the Department of Homeland Security to not forge ahead with their plans of revoking legislation allowing spouses of H-1B visa holders to be eligible for job opportunities in the U.S. Initially, these...more

Is an Audit in Your Future? Best Practices and Advice for I-9 Compliance

by Baker Donelson on

Late last year, Tom Homan, the Acting Director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE), stated that he instructed his agency to dramatically increase the number of I-9 audits targeting U.S. employers....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

Immigration newsletter - Spring 2018

by Hogan Lovells on

Read our Spring 2018 issue of the Immigration newsletter to learn about the following topics: - Visa sanctions on Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone - CBP introduces policies and procedures for searching...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

DOJ Challenges California Law Placing Restrictions on Employer's Ability to Allow ICE into the Workplace

by Littler on

On March 6, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit challenging California’s Immigrant Worker Protection Act (Assembly Bill 450), among other laws designed to limit the extent state law enforcement and prisons...more

A Double Whammy for California Employers: Heightened Immigration Investigations and New Fines

by Alston & Bird on

California employers could be facing a catch-22 when federal agents arrive for a surprise inspection. Our Labor & Employment Group breaks down the sometimes contradictory, possibly expensive obligations California expects you...more

Compliance News Flash

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

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

ICE Sweeps California, Increases Enforcement Nationwide

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Following California Governor Jerry Brown’s signing of sanctuary laws in October 2017, the state has been targeted for a major ICE sweep to arrest undocumented individuals. ICE Director Thomas Homan stated that because...more

February Forecast Calls For Persistent ICE Immigration Raids Across The Country - Employers Need To Prepare Now To Avoid Federal...

by Fisher Phillips on

Federal enforcement officials are amplifying their efforts to crack down on undocumented workers and the businesses that employ them, as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have raided over 120 businesses in...more

Surge Of ICE Raids Expected In California Following State Adoption Of Immigration Laws

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

California seems to be at odds with the Trump Administration over many subjects, including the legalization of marijuana, the expansion of off-shore drilling, the elimination of state and local tax deductions, and...more

California Labor Department Releases Form For Employers Responding To Immigration Agency Inspection

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

California’s public and private employers are prohibited from voluntarily consenting to a federal immigration enforcement agent’s request to enter nonpublic areas in the workplace or to voluntarily allow the agent access to...more

DLSE Publishes Voluntary Template for Required Employer AB 450 Notice

by Fisher Phillips on

Last year Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 450 – the “Immigrant Worker Protection Act” – to prohibit employers from voluntarily consenting to federal immigration agency access to worksites without a judicial warrant,...more

ICE Pledges a 400% Increase in Worksite Enforcement

Employers should brace themselves as it begins to look like Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) will be targeting them more and more in their neverending quest to ferret out undocumented workers. During a press...more

Employee Rights at Forefront of CA’s New Labor Laws

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California lawmakers passed a swell of legislation last year aimed at extending the rights of all employees, regardless of gender identification, salary history, criminal past and more. Originally published on...more

Potential Government Shutdown and Impact on Immigration Processes

As of 4 pm on Friday, January 19, 2018, the US Senate had not reached an agreement on the terms of a continuing resolution to keep the US government running. The US House passed a 30-day resolution on Thursday, but this must...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

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

How the Government Shutdown Impacts Immigration

by Stinson Leonard Street on

As Congress has been unable to pass a federal spending bill, the federal government has temporarily shut down. We are closely monitoring the situation and will provide updates as information becomes available. Our...more

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