Employer Compliance

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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Trump Travel Ban Update for Immigrants and Their Employers – January 31, 2017

The recent Executive Order (E.O.) banning visas and travel to the U.S. for citizens of seven countries has caused turmoil and distress for immigrants, their families, and their employers or businesses.   The E.O. also imposes other restrictions that could affect immigrants from other countries as well.  We are constantly monitoring the situation and expect changes to the implementation of the orde...
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DHS Publishes Final International Entrepreneur Rule

DHS Publishes Final International Entrepreneur Rule The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today published a final rule to improve the ability of certain promising start-up founders to begin growing their companies within the United States and help improve our nation’s economy through increased capital spending, innovation and job creation. Under this final rule, DHS may use its "parole" au...
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Webinar: New Immigration Rules Every Employer Needs to Know for 2017 and Beyond

Webinar: New Immigration Rules Every Employer Needs to Know for 2017 and Beyond Don't get caught unaware - find out the immigration rule changes that could impact your visa employees and your business! Join us on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 12 p.m. CT  for this free training, and  you will learn: Under what conditions you can promote or relocate your employees during the gr...
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New & Improved USCIS Rules Will Let More Employers Bypass the H-1B Visa Cap. Is Your Job Eligible?

New & Improved USCIS Rules Will Let More Employers Bypass the H-1B Visa Cap.  Is Your Job Eligible? Starting January 17, 2017, more employers can apply for new H-1B employees regardless of the H-1B annual quota now that the USCIS has clarified and modified the H-1B cap exemption rules. Cap exemption has been around for many years but it has been a murky mess for many employers whose petitions...
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Government dismantles the NSEERS, a post 9/11 registry program that mostly targeted Muslim males

Government dismantles the NSEERS, a post 9/11 registry program that mostly targeted Muslim males Statement from the American Immigration Council on the End of NSEERS December 22, 2016 Washington D.C. - Today, the Department of Homeland Security officially ended a Bush-era registry created after 9/11 to track noncitizen men from predominantly Muslim countries. The registry, known as the Nation...
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Employers Must Start Using New Form I-9 To Verify Employment Eligibility

Employers Must Start Using New Form I-9 To Verify Employment Eligibility --Douglas Bracken By January 22, 2017, U.S. employers must start using the new Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification issued November 14, 2016 by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). The prior 03/08/13 edition expired on March 31, 2016, but may still be used until January 22, 2017, when the...
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