Stories and complaints about “fake news” are continuing to capture headlines. The pandemic has heightened our need to identify reliable sources of information and learn how to think critically about what we are reading, hearing and watching each day. Media coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic has shown just how widespread misinformation can become. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently reported that not only were we fighting COVID-19, but also an “infodemic,” meaning an overwhelming […]Continue Reading
Time to Tell a Story
Now is a time when many businesses are rethinking their marketing and branding strategies in an effort to distinguish their business from their competitors. One helpful way to do this? By telling your business’s story. At the heart of every business is a story that creates the culture and path of that business. ASTORYO® is a local business that helps businesses and individuals share their stories with anyone who wants to learn or just be […]Continue Reading
Can I Keep Someone with an Expired H-4 EAD Employed?
Considering the delays, challenges, and exemptions with work authorization extensions of Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), employers are asking if they can keep certain workers employed with an expired EAD. If the person’s EAD has expired and they do not yet have the new EAD or another valid, acceptable document to present for verification, they may not be able to continue working. However, there are some exceptions. All U.S. workers must present acceptable documents to prove […]Continue Reading
What You Need to Know about the New I-9 Handbook for Employers
USCIS released its new M-274, Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9, also known as I-9 Handbook. The handbook provides employers with guidance on how to complete and retain the Form I-9. This updated version contains expanded information on properly completing the most recent edition of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, which became effective May 1, 2020. It also provides updates on policy changes. Below we provide a summary of the main updates to […]Continue Reading
What to Expect After USCIS Offices Reopen
USCIS shutdown in-person services at field offices and application support centers (ASCs) starting on March 18, 2020. Now it has announced a plan to reopen on or after June 4, 2020. What can you expect from this reopening? USCIS is expected to reschedule ASC appointments for biometrics that were canceled. Those affected will receive new appointment letters in the mail. If you had an InfoPass or other appointment scheduled, it must be rescheduled through the […]Continue Reading
How Do I Complete the I-9 Verification of an F-1 Student Under the H-1B Cap-Gap?
Some F-1 students whose H-1B petitions were timely filed with an October 1 start date and requested change of status are eligible for a cap-gap extension of status and employment authorization. The cap-gap is the period between when the F-1 student status would end and the H-1B status begins on October 1. Qualifying students are legally able to live and work in the United States during the “cap-gap” period. The cap-gap extension ends on September […]Continue Reading