Employer Compliance

USCIS Moves Cases Between Offices to Balance Workload

A recent email from USCIS: From January 5 through March 28, USCIS began sending some cases between service centers in order to balance workloads. We have updated our Workload Transfer Updates page with this information: Some Forms I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, for F, M, and J nonimmigrants went from the California Service Center (CSC), the Nebraska Service Center (NSC) a...
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Employers Should Review Form I-9 for Social Security Number Glitch

We received the following email from the USCIS about a form I-9 glitch: If you used Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, that you downloaded between Nov. 14 and Nov. 17, 2016, review them to ensure your employees’ Social Security numbers appear correctly in Section 1. There was a glitch when the revised Form I-9 was first published on Nov. 14, 2016. Numbers entered in the Social Securit...
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New Redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents Starting May 1, 2017

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project. USCIS will begin issuing the new cards on May 1, 2017. These redesigns use enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant security features to create cards th...
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USCIS Steps Up Efforts to Detect H-1B Visa Fraud and Abuse

Release from the USCIS on April 3, 2017 WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced multiple measures to further deter and detect H-1B visa fraud and abuse. The H-1B visa program should help U.S. companies recruit highly-skilled foreign nationals when there is a shortage of qualified workers in the country. Yet, too many American workers who are as qualified, ...
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New Event: Trump Travel Ban – Know Your Rights Conference Call

Trump Travel Ban - Know Your Rights Call-in - Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 12:30 p.m. CT. Are you wondering how the new immigration travel ban and other immigration restrictions affect your travel plans, your immigration case, or your business operations?Get your questions answered about the March 6 Executive Order and the current immigration landscape. Know your rights when dealing with immigration...
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5 Questions to Ask Before Changing Jobs While Waiting for Your Green Card Approval (2017 Update)

Green card applicants often ask if they are able to change employment while waiting for final approval. The answer is yes, if you follow green card portability rules. According to the rules, if your I-485 application has been pending for 180 days or more, you are eligible to change jobs or employers and continue your green card application. However, portability rules have pitfalls you must ...
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Updated I-9 Handbook for Employers Now Available

USCIS published the updated Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (M-274). The handbook gives employers detailed guidance for completing Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. It reflects revisions to the latest Form I-9 dated 11/14/2016. See the table of changes for highlights of the changes.
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H-1B Premium Processing on Hold after April 3, 2017 so USCIS Can Catch Up

USCIS announced today: "Starting April 3, 2017, USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions. This suspension may last up to 6 months. While H-1B premium processing is suspended, petitioners will not be able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for a Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker which requests the H-1B nonimmigrant classificati...
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Trump Travel Ban Causes Uncertainty for Foreign Born Physicians and Rural Healthcare

The travel ban is on hold because the states of Washington and Minnesota sued the Trump administration, claiming that, among other things, the ban harmed residents and companies in their states.  The IT and healthcare industries are the most likely to suffer from the ban, according to the lawsuit. A recent National Public Radio (NPR) broadcast and article highlight the problems the travel ban a...
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I-9 Form Alert:  USCIS issues New Guidance for Employers on Automatic Extensions of Employment Authorization Documents

I-9 Form Alert:  USCIS issues New Guidance for Employers on Automatic Extensions of Employment Authorization Documents For those that qualify, an employment authorization document (EAD) gives immigrants  permission to work for a specific period of time, usually one or two years.  For continued work authorization, workers should apply for renewal 180 days before the EAD expiration date to ensure t...
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