Employment Authorization

If Congress cannot resolve FY2018 funding issues by December 8, 2017, it will result in another federal government shutdown. Such a shutdown will impact immigration services across a number of different government agencies, affecting many of the systems and processes employers rely on to facilitate employment, including E-Verify, visa petition processing, labor certifications and other

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

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

On Friday, June 14, 2013, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a Notice for publication in the Federal Register announcing the extension and redesignation of Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an 18-month period from October 1, 2013, through March 31, 2015.  The notice is expected to appear in the Federal Register on