This is a reminder that employers are required to use the new version of the Form I-9 as of May 1,2020.  As noted in our prior post, USCIS announced the publication of the new version of the Form I-9 on January 31, 2020, with a 60-day grace period for its mandatory use.  Accordingly, the

USCIS extends immigration related deadlines:

On March 30, 2020, in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced an extension of the flexibility it announced to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to the following types of requests, with deadlines:

  • Requests for Evidence;
  • Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14);
  • Notices of

On March 16, 2020, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) sent a letter to the Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security seeking guidance regarding employer I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification requirements during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency.

In the letter, AILA requested guidance regarding “Form I-9 verification and reverification, E-Verify and compliance

E-Verify has resumed operations following the government shutdown.  This federal government system used by many employers to confirm eligibility of employees to work in the United States had been closed during the 35-day shutdown.

While enrolling in E-Verify is mostly voluntary, once an employer is enrolled in E-Verify, it is critical to follow the rules

On Oct. 28, 2015 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced new Enhancements to E-Verify designed to make use of the system easier:

E-Verify launched three new enhancements to improve effectiveness, efficiency and customer satisfaction.

  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Auto Extension upgrade makes it easier for E-Verify to confirm that employment authorization has been automatically

On September 30, 2015, President Obama signed a Continuing Resolution to extend funding of the US government through December 11, 2015, and temporarily avoid a government shutdown.  See http://www.wsj.com/articles/senate-passes-government-funding-bill-prior-to-midnight-deadline-1443623598.  The Continuing Resolution contained extensions for several important immigration programs including:

  • EB-5 Regional Centers
  • Conrad 30 J-1 Physician Waivers
  • Nonminister Religious Workers, and
  • E-Verify.

These

Since 2008, DHS has permitted F-1 students whose study was in a STEM field and whose employer is an E-Verify participant to have an additional 17-month period of OPT (Optional Practical Training).  Thousands of students and E-Verify employers have benefited from this extended period of employment authorization.  The work of these students has resulted in

Notwithstanding the years’ old gridlock in regard to immigration reform, some significant changes will take place on or before September 30th.  It’s not that Congress has had an epiphany.  Several important immigration laws will sunset on September 30th unless reauthorized by Congress.  If Congress does nothing, four major immigration programs will come

In November, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas announced an enhancement to the E-Verify program that will help combat identity fraud by identifying and deterring fraudulent use of Social Security numbers (SSNs) for employment eligibility verification.

According to USCIS, this enhancement provides a critical safeguard to the E-Verify system by detecting and