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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

Top Takeaways from Our 26th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar

Ver la versión en español aquí With over 400 attendees from more than 200 employers, our 26th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar was a huge success! Thank you for allowing us to keep you “on Track”. For the first time this year, following our morning sessions, attendees were able to choose from our “high-speed” track designed for … 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

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

Form I-9 Tips from USCIS and ICE

The Verification Division of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations have offered some practical tips and clarifications regarding the completion of Form I-9. Pre-Population of Employee Information in Section 1 of the Form I-9. For employers who use electronic I-9 systems, particularly those systems integrated with other … Continue Reading

DHS Extends Temporary Protected Status for Eligible Salvadorans

Following the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for certain nationals of Nicaragua and Honduras, the Department of Homeland Security has extended the program for El Salvadorans.  Currently, TPS status for qualifying El Salvadoran nationals expires on September 9, 2013.  With the extension, Temporary Protected Status for eligible El Salvadoran nationals is extended through March … Continue Reading

New Form I-9 Effective March 8, 2013

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that, beginning March 8, 2013, employers must begin using a revised version of the Form I-9 to verify the employment eligibility of new hires. The new form will reflect a revision date (Rev. 03/08/13)N. As of the time of writing, the new Form I-9 was not available … Continue Reading

DHS Extends Temporary Protected Status for Certain El Salvadorans

On January 11, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a notice in the Federal Register extending the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for certain El Salvadoran nationals in the United States.  Currently, TPS status for qualifying El Salvadoran nationals expires on March 9, 2012.  With the extension, Temporary Protected Status for eligible El Salvadoran … 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
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