Tag Archives: USCIS

USCIS Releases New Form I-9

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published the latest version of Form I-9 on November 14. Employers must start using the new Form I-9 by January 22, 2017.  Until January 22, employers can continue to use the version of the Form I-9 dated 03/08/2013 N. According to the USCIS, the new Form I-9 includes … Continue Reading

Sixteen Years after Hurricane Mitch – Extended Work Authorization

It is hurricane season in Florida, but I am writing with emergency preparedness advice. I am writing about the lingering effects of Hurricane Mitch, which struck Central America in 1998, killing more than 11,000 people, destroying hundreds of thousands of homes, and causing more than $5 billion in damage. El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua were … Continue Reading

USCIS Again Extends TPS for Haitian Nationals

Do not tell Donald Trump but the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is again extending the Temporary Protected Status designation for Haiti for a period of eighteen (18) months, from January 23, 2016 through July 22, 2017. Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a temporary immigration status granted to eligible nationals of designated countries because … Continue Reading

Remind Us Not to Post On Moving Targets!

The latest development in the H-2B saga came yesterday. The federal district court at the heart of the controversy decided to temporarily stay its order that had vacated the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2008 H-2B regulations. The court stayed its decision through April 15. The court did not have much sympathy for the DOL’s lack … Continue Reading

H-2B Update

Yesterday, we posted about the current suspension of the H-2B temporary, unskilled worker program. After we posted, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will resume adjudications of H-2B petitions, but will continue to suspend premium processing on H-2B petitions until further notice. DHS will resume adjudicating H-2B petitions based on temporary labor … Continue Reading

Unskilled, Temporary Worker Program Suspended: Seasonal Employment At Risk

Both the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have suspended all processing under the H-2B program, which many employers use to hire seasonal workers. The decision may impact staffing at hotels and country clubs that often use temporary, unskilled workers during their busy seasons from October to May. On … Continue Reading

USCIS Extends Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador

Employment Authorization Documents Automatically Extended The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently extended the Temporary Protected Status designation for El Salvador for a period of eighteen (18) months, until September 9, 2016. Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a temporary immigration status granted to eligible nationals of designated countries because the country has experienced temporary … Continue Reading

USCIS Extends Temporary Protected Status for Honduras and Nicaragua

Employment Authorization Documents Automatically Extended The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) extended the Temporary Protected Status designation for Honduras and Nicaragua for a period of eighteen (18) months, until July 5, 2016. Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a temporary immigration status granted to eligible nationals of designated countries because the country has experienced temporary … Continue Reading

Is the Job Market Improving? For Some Folks, Yes

Two weeks ago, the H-1B visa filing season kicked off and, within five days, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services received about 175,000 H-1B petitions for 65,000 available H-1B visas, plus 20,000 H-1Bs set aside for foreign nationals who hold U.S. advanced degrees. Clearly, employers are looking to hire – at least highly skilled workers … Continue Reading

USCIS Again Extends TPS for Haitian Nationals

On March 3, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) extended the Temporary Protected Status designation for Haiti for a period of eighteen (18) months, from July 23, 2014 to January 22, 2016. Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a temporary immigration status granted to eligible nationals of designated countries because the country has experienced temporary … Continue Reading

DOJ Advises Against Employer Pre-Populating Section 1 of Form I-9

The Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices (say that 3 times!)has provided guidance on Form I-9 software programs that pre-populate Section 1 of the Form I-9 with data already entered into the software program.  In our June 12 posting, we blogged that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said … Continue Reading

USCIS Extends Temporary Protected Status for Certain Haitian Nationals – EADs Automatically Extended

On October 1, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) extended the Temporary Protected Status designation for Haiti for a period of eighteen (18) months, until July 22, 2014. Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a temporary immigration status granted to eligible nationals of designated countries because the country has experienced temporary negative conditions, such as … Continue Reading

Employers Should Continue To Use Expiring Form I-9 After August 31, 2012

The current version of Form I-9, used to verify the identity and work authorization of new employers, will expire on August 31, 2012. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has advised that employers should continue to use the current Form I-9 even after the OMB control number expiration date of August 31, 2102 has … Continue Reading

USCIS Extends Temporary Protected Status for Honduras and Nicaragua

On November 4, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) extended the Temporary Protected Status designation for Honduras and Nicaragua for a period of eighteen (18) months, until July 5, 2013.  Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a temporary immigration status granted to eligible nationals of designated countries because the country has experienced temporary negative conditions, … Continue Reading

New Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) On The Way From USCIS

On October 25, 2011, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has launched a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD) with enhanced features to strengthen security and deter fraud.  The goal of the new EAD is to deter counterfeiting, obstruct tampering, and facilitate quick and accurate authentication of the EAD. USCIS began issuing … Continue Reading

Cutting of H-1B Employees’ Salary Costs Employer More Than a $1 Million

A recent decision from a federal court in Tennessee affirmed an administrative decision awarding more than $1 million in back pay to H-1B physician employees of several clinics owned by Mohan Kutty.  The decision is Kutty v. Department of Labor. Kutty is a physician who operated clinics in Tennessee and Florida.  He hired several foreign … Continue Reading
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