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Continued Work Authorization for Haitian Nationals in TPS

Ver la versión en español aquí On November 20, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) terminated the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Haiti, with a delayed effective date of July 22, 2019. It was not until January 18, however, that the DHS provided guidance to Haitian nationals and their employers about what would happen … Continue Reading

Work Authorization for Honduran and Nicaraguan Nationals in TPS

Ver la versión en español aquí On Friday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Honduran nations will be extended by six months, to July 5, 2018, while the administration decides whether to continue TPS designation for Honduras. The DHS also announced that it would not renew TPS designation … Continue Reading

USCIS Releases New Form I-9

Ver la versión en español aquí 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 … Continue Reading

Clark Kent: Take Off Those Glasses if You Want a Passport or Visa

Ver la versión en español aquí The Department of State is rolling out its “no four eyes” policy. Effective November 1, 2016, the Department of State will no longer accept photographs of visa and passport applicants wearing eyeglasses, except in very limited medical circumstances.  From November 1 to November 30, the Department will accept photographs … Continue Reading

New OPT Rule for STEM Grads – Some Good, Some Not So Good?

Ver la versión en español aquí For the last several months, foreign students in F-1 status and potential employers have been living in limbo. A federal district court invalidated the Department of Homeland Security’s rules providing additional time in Optional Practical Training for STEM graduates (graduates with degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math).  The … Continue Reading

USCIS Again Extends TPS for Haitian Nationals

Ver la versión en español aquí 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 … Continue Reading

H-2B Update

Ver la versión en español aquí 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 … Continue Reading

Unskilled, Temporary Worker Program Suspended: Seasonal Employment At Risk

Ver la versión en español aquí 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 … Continue Reading

USCIS Extends Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador

Ver la versión en español aquí 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 … Continue Reading

USCIS Extends Temporary Protected Status for Honduras and Nicaragua

Ver la versión en español aquí 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 … Continue Reading

Immigration – Vegas Style!

Ver la versión en español aquí It is that time of year again. The U.S. Department of State’s Diversity Visa Program opened at noon on October 1 and will close on November 3, also at noon. For those not in the know, the Diversity Visa Program is an annual lottery open to nationals of countries … Continue Reading

Does Data Mining Tip the Balance Against E-Verify?

Ver la versión en español aquí E-Verify is an online application that allows participating employers to verify electronically the employment eligibility of new hires.  It is jointly operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA). To participate in E-Verify, an employer must sign a multi-page Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with … 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

E-Verify Up and Running

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued the following notice regarding E-Verify and the impact of the government shutdown: E-Verify has resumed operations following the federal government shutdown. All E-Verify features and services are now available. The following information addresses questions on how the federal government’s shutdown affected E-Verify and Form I-9. Information For Employers … 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) … Continue Reading
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