Immigration Alert: USCIS Says Continue to Use Current Form I-9 Past Expiration

USCIS released a message that employers for now should continue to use the current Form I-9 for employment eligibility verification, even after the expiration date has passed. The current form came into effect on July 17, 2017 and is set … Continue reading

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Mid-Year Immigration Update—Important Changes Impacting Your Employees

The government’s interpretation  and enforcement of this country’s immigration laws and regulations continue to change at a dizzying speed, leaving many employers scrambling to keep their foreign national employees in status and able to continue working for them. This is … Continue reading

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Immigration Update: USCIS reaches FY 2020 H-1B Visa Cap

On April 5, 2019, USCIS reached the 65,000 H-1B visa cap and the 20,000 visa U.S. advanced degree exemption (the “master’s cap”) for fiscal year 2020. The agency will reject and return filing fees for all unselected cap-subject petitions that … Continue reading

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Q1 2019 Workplace Word – Out Now!

The first edition of the Workplace Word for 2019 has been published! In this edition, we take a look at three critical issues for employers during the hiring process – Form I-9 Compliance; Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance; and What Not … Continue reading

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H-1B Employment Visa Lottery for 2019!

On April 1, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will start accepting H-1B visa petitions for the next fiscal year with a start date of October 1, 2019. The H-1B program allows companies in the United States to temporarily … Continue reading

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TN Visas Remain Under NAFTA Replacement

Despite rumors that the TN visa category would be eliminated when the North America Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”) was replaced, the new US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (“USMCA”) appears to preserve the status quo. Consensus over the replacement trade agreement was announced on … Continue reading

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Immigration Update: USCIS reaches FY 2019 H-1B Visa Cap

USCIS has reached the 65,000 H-1B visa cap and the 20,000 visa U.S. advanced degree exemption (the “master’s cap”) for fiscal year 2019. The agency will reject and return filing fees for all unselected cap-subject petitions that are not prohibited … Continue reading

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Immigration Alert: DHS Commits to Ending DACA

On September 5, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) committed to a wind down of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA began in August 2012 when DHS started accepting requests for consideration of deferred action for … Continue reading

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Immigration Update: New Form I-9 Released

On July 17, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The form is available here. Form I-9 is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for … Continue reading

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