Tag Archives: USCIS

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

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

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) … 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

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

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

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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