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I-9 Audits Continue to Surge This Summer

Before the summer began, the number of worksite immigration-enforcement investigations had already doubled last year’s. And employers’ risk is only rising, as US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) moves forwards with a nationwide increase of Form I-9 audits this summer. Plans are also underway for a national inspection center. The center would allow for 15,000 Form I-9 audits every year. This is a significant jump from the 2,282 conducted in FY2017. The Marks Gray immigration […]

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Business (B-1) Visas May Become Harder to Get

USCIS is developing rules, policy memoranda, and operational changes to continue implementing President Trump’s Buy American and Hire American Executive Order. One priority area is the Business (B-1) and Tourist (B-2) visa programs. USCIS has proposed regulatory changes to restrict the criteria for these classifications. These changes could limit permissible business activities. USCIS is also considering changes to the B-1 in Lieu of H visas. Following a discussion with the Departments of State, Labor, and […]

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ICE Pushing Employers to Revamped E-Verify Site

ICE has been more aggressive on enforcement efforts and encouraging employers to enroll in E-Verify, which basically provides the government with direct access to your I-9 information.    The recent revamp of the E-Verify is aimed at supporting employers’ enrollment.   Some of the changes include features to: help ensure correct data entry, make the system more user-friendly, increase the speed and accuracy of results, streamline the creation and management of cases, improve data integrity and […]

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F, M, J Status Holders: Major Change to Accrued Unlawful Presence Policy

Starting August 9, 2018, USCIS officers must follow a new policy to calculate unlawful presence for F, J, and M status holders and their dependents who are admitted in duration of status or until a specific date. The policy for those in other nonimmigrant statuses will remain the same. This policy is important because a student may be subject to a 3-year, 10-year, or permanent bar to admission if they accrue too many days of […]

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USCIS Finishes Data Entry for FY2019 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

It’s official! USCIS has completed the data entry for all H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in the lottery. It has now begun to adjudicate petitions. The petitions not selected and the related USCIS’ filing fees will be returned in a few months. Since there are so many petitions, the timeline for returning all petitions is unknown. However, the process is usually completed by August.

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The Rise of Arrests and Audits: Immigration Crackdown Targets Employers

Since Trump took office in 2017, there has been a sharp increase in audits to verify that employees are authorized to work in the United States. And there are plans to further increase the pressure on employers. Employers who are found to be noncompliant may be subject to hefty administrative fines and even criminal prosecution in some cases. A Look at the Numbers So Far Between October 2016 and September 2017, only 1,360 audits were […]

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