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Jan 23, 2020

ICE Makes Worksite Visits to Employers With International Student Employees on STEM OPT

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers are visiting workplaces to check on the student employees who are in their Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Universities are cautioning their students of such visits from ICE. » Read More

Jan 21, 2020

Feds Criminally Charge Corporate Executives and Management for Knowingly Employing Undocumented Immigrants

Federal authorities charged four executives at Speed Fab-Crete Corporation, a Kennedale, Texas construction and precast concrete company, and the owner of Take Charge Staffing, a Texas workforce staffing agency, for conspiracy and other felony offenses related to knowingly employing undocumented immigrants, individuals who were not lawfully authorized for employment in the United States. » Read More

Jan 10, 2020

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Passes Law Allowing Undocumented Immigrants to Obtain Driver’s Licenses

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy passed a law on December 19, 2019, that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.

The legislation is to take effect starting January 1, 2021. The law creates two classes of licenses – one is the standard driver’s license and the second is the REAL ID, which can be used for federal security authentication. » Read More

Jan 06, 2020

Thousands of U.S. Employers Request Nearly 100,000 H-2B Foreign Temporary Workers to Overcome Talent Shortage

Employers across the country flooded the U.S. Department of Labor’s Foreign Labor Application Gateway System at the stroke of midnight on January 2, 2020.

The reason? To enter a random selection process—a lottery, of sorts—with the hope of being randomly selected to hire foreign unskilled and skilled workers to travel to the United States for a temporary duration, to assist U.S. » Read More

Dec 02, 2019

Employers Must Remain Immigration Compliant or Face Stiff Penalties, Negative Publicity, and Criminal Penalties

With the Trump Administration’s increase in employer immigration enforcement, businesses of all sizes and in all types of industries must be prepared.

Ensuring a compliant Form I-9 processing system demands that all employers stay current on the changing Form I-9 regulations and increased enforcement. » Read More

Nov 25, 2019

H-2B Temporary Non-Agricultural Worker Nonimmigrant Visa Provisions Effective December 16, 2019

On November 15, 2019, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) and the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) amended the regulations that govern the H-2B temporary non-agricultural worker certifications. Changes have been made to the DOL’s labor market test that is conducted to assess the availability of the American workers for the required job position. » Read More

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