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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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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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Big Surge in Citizenship Applications Expected under Trump Administration

Big Surge in Citizenship Applications Expected under Trump Administration For the past six years, I have been a featured speaker and volunteer  at the Plano Multicultural Outreach Roundtable (MCOR) Citizenship Workshop.  The workshop always draws a large number of future citizens but this year, we saw three times as many attendees.  Why?  Some believe the Trump administration's executive orders, ...
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Travel and Refugee Ban Suspended For Now

Travel and Refugee Ban Suspended For Now By court order, the travel ban and refugee ban are suspended for now. However, the Trump administration has appeal the court order.  Basically, the federal judge's ruling in favor of the states of Michigan and Washington, temporarily stops the any actions under Executive Order until the court can fully consider the lawsuit.  The lawsuit seeks invalidation ...
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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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Free Citizenship Workshop for North Texas Immigrants

Free Citizenship Workshop for North Texas Immigrants Plano Multi-Cultural Outreach Roundtable will host a free citizenship workshop on Saturday, February 11,  2017, 2 p.m. in Plano, Texas . Scheef & Stone immigration attorneys are volunteers to help citizenship applicants with their applications. Attorney Ann Badmus is a featured speaker as well. For details, visit Plano MCOR.
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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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President Trump’s First Executive Orders on Immigration

President Trump’s First Executive Orders on Immigration American Immigration Council explains the two Executive Orders related to immigration signed by the President today: “Our American values and laws dictate that everyone receive a just and fair process, whether they have been in in this country for decades or are arriving at our border today in search of safety and protection. Today, Preside...
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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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