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Feb 03, 2020

Employers: DHS Releases New Revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

The United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has again changed the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. On January 31, 2020, the USCIS released the long-awaited revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9), with an edition date of “10/21/2019.” The changes are minor and the USCIS has accordingly revised its “Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9.” » Read More

Aug 07, 2019

NJ Foresees 1000% Increase in Worksite Immigration Inspection

Apparently, in response to New Jersey’s sanctuary state policies, the Department of Homeland Security (the Department) has increased the number of worksite investigations and inspections. While the Department has not released inspection numbers since December of 2018, reports from those participating in immigration compliance, human resource departments, and other industry leaders indicate that New Jersey could see a nearly 1000% increase in the number of Notices of Form I-9 inspections from the 750% increase in the  2018 fiscal year. » Read More

Apr 22, 2019

Are You an Immigrant Who (Legally) Smokes Weed? If So, You May Never Become a U.S. Citizen

On Friday, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) updated its internal policies related to the adjudication of naturalization applications of lawful permanent residents who partake in the marijuana industry in states like Pennsylvania and New Jersey, which have enacted laws permitting “‘medical’ or ‘recreational’ use of marijuana.” » Read More

Mar 13, 2019

Alert: USCIS to Begin Accepting H-1B CAP Petitions on April 1, 2019

Starting April 1, 2019, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept new H-1B Quota-Based Visa Petitions for the 2020 Fiscal Year, for an employment start date of October 1, 2019.

USCIS’ regular H-1B visa cap limits annual H-1B approvals to 65,000 visas, with an additional 20,000 H1-B visas for individuals who earned a master’s degree or higher from a U.S. » Read More

Dec 26, 2018

Government Shutdown Impact on Immigration

Norris McLaughlin’s Immigration Group notes the impact of the partial government shutdown on the U.S. Immigration System as follows:

Form I-9 and E-Verify

E-Verify expired as a result of the government shutdown.  Employers will not have access to E-Verify to initiate new employee verifications, resolve non-confirmations, and verify employment authorization.  » Read More

Sep 20, 2018

Immigration Alert: USCIS Increases Premium Processing Service Fee

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced a nearly 15% fee increase for its premium processing service.  The current $1,225 fee will increase to $1,410, effective October 1, 2018.

Premium processing is an optional service USCIS offers to employers that for an additional fee allows for 15-day processing of certain immigrant and non-immigrant employment-based visa petitions.  » Read More

Aug 10, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: DACA to Be Reinstated and Large-Scale Employer Raids in the Midwest

Federal Judge Orders Government to Begin Accepting New DACA Applications

Late last week, United States District Judge John Bates, presiding in Washington, D.C., ruled that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must begin accepting all applications for protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which had been suspended since 2017. » Read More

Jun 01, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: Labor Shortages Persist Despite Low Unemployment and White House Plans to End Visa for Foreign Entrepreneurs

Agriculture and Construction Industries are Concerned About Labor Shortages

Despite lower unemployment across the country, agriculture and construction companies continue to face vacant positions, and are arguing for increased immigrant labor.  For example, in the Dallas-Forth Worth area, there is greater demand for construction work, but there are approximately 38,000 unfilled position in the industry.  » Read More

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