Employer Compliance

USCIS and CBP Announces New Form I-129 Pilot Program for Canadian L-1 Nonimmigrants

On March 30, the USCIS announced a new pilot program for L-1 visa applicants who are Canadian citizens.  Read on for the full announcment: "From April 30, 2018, to Oct. 31, 2018, the USCIS California Service Center (CSC) and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Blaine, Washington, port of entry (POE) will implement a joint agency pilot program for Canadian citizens seeking L-1 nonimmigr...
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H-1B Employers: Ready for the FY 2019 H-1B Cap Season?

H-1B Employers: Ready for the FY 2019 H-1B Cap Season? The race for H-1B professional worker visas begins April 2, 2018.  Employers of recently graduated foreign students and others will vie for new visas, which are limited to  65,000 per fiscal year (the “H-1B cap”).   And of these, 6,800 are reserved for citizens of Chile and Singapore under certain free trade agreements, effectively leaving on...
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Trump Administration’s Termination of DACA, TPS, and H-4 EAD Immigration Programs Could Leave Employers in a Lurch

  Trump Administration’s Termination of DACA, TPS, and H-4 EAD Immigration Programs Could Leave Employers in a Lurch Several immigration programs that have authorized over a million immigrant workers are expected to end in 2018 and 2019. The cancellation of these programs will terminate employment eligibility for these workers, making most of them deportable. The loss of these legally autho...
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Immigration 2018: A Look at the Year Ahead for Healthcare Employers and Professionals Webinar

Immigration 2018: A Look at the Year Ahead for Healthcare Employers and Professionals Webinar Are you aware of the Trump administration’s plans to change legal immigration policies that will impact many foreign born professionals and their employers? Join us for a webinar, “Immigration 2018: A Look at the Year Ahead for Healthcare Employers and Professionals,” for the information you need to k...
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Trump plans to H-4 EAD rule allowing spouses of H-1B holders to work in U.S.

In another measure to roll back Obama-era initiatives, the Trump administration is likely to end the H-4 EAD rules which gave work authorization to thousands of legal immigrants since 2015.   CNN reports that the Department of Homeland Security stated that it intends to eliminate the rule, without explanation, other than: "[I]t was acting "in light of" the "Buy American, Hire American" executiv...
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EAD applicants can now apply for work permit and social security number on the same form

EAD and social security number application on the same form USCIS announcement on October 2, 2017: WASHINGTON – Based on a new information-sharing partnership between U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA), foreign nationals in certain categories or classifications can now apply for work authorization and a social security number using a ...
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Employers who depend on DACA workers need to know these facts about the end of the DACA program.

Employers who depend on DACA workers need to know these facts about the end of the DACA program The end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program after five years will have a detrimental impact on the U.S. economy. Nearly 91% of the 800,000 DACA recipients are employed. Some studies report that eliminating DACA would cost $433.4 billion in GDP, and reduce Social Security and Me...
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USCIS Requires Interviews for nearly all Green Card Applicants as of October 1

Press release from USCIS: WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin expanding in-person interviews for certain immigration benefit applicants whose benefit, if granted, would allow them to permanently reside in the United States. This change complies with Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” and is pa...
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New I-9 form will be issued on July 17. Previous form must be discontinued after September 17.

The USCIS just announced that it will release a new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17.  According to the USCIS, "Employers will be able to use this revised version or continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16 N through Sept. 17. On Sept. 18, employers must use the revised form with a revision date of 07/17/17 N. Employers must continue following existing stor...
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Haitian TPS Extended until 1/18/2018. Applicants Must Renew EAD by 7/24/2017.

USCIS Announcement to Employers: The Secretary of Homeland Security has extended the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Haiti for 6 months, from July 23, 2017, through Jan. 22, 2018. If your employee is a current beneficiary of Haiti’s designation for TPS: To be able to use his or her Form I-766, Employment Authorization Document (EAD), as evidence of employment eligibility after it...
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