The latest Form I-9 just went into full effect on January 22, 2017, but there’s another Form I-9 in the works already! USCIS planned to issue the new form by July 17th, 2017. However, the new administration put a freeze on all new regulations, so it may be delayed until September 17, 2017 or later. Here’s what you can expect from the new release. Why is there a new revision already? The revision was primarily […]Continue Reading
The Department of Labor recently released the top occupations, states, and employers submitted for the H-1B. Perhaps not surprisingly, the top five occupations are related to computer sciences. California submitted nearly 25% of the applications received. And some of the top employers include Deloitte Consulting, LLP; Cognizant Technology Solutions, US Corporation; and Apply, Inc. Here are the complete Top 10 lists:Continue Reading
What Immigration-Related Questions Can Employers Ask During the Hiring Process?
Employers often ask me: “What pre-employment questions are permissible to ask to help me determine whether a prospective candidate requires immigration sponsorship?” Employers are prohibited from denying protected individuals employment because of their real or perceived immigration or citizenship status. Until recently, the following two questions were the only accepted questions for pre-hire screening: Are you authorized to work in the U.S.?; and Will you now or in the future require sponsorship for employment visa […]Continue Reading
What Kind of Changes to Expect in Immigration Compliance
Immigration compliance is a top priority for the new administration, and many changes may be coming soon. One projection is that E-Verify will become mandatory for all employers. Currently, participation is voluntary except for federal contractors or if your state has a mandate. Only time will tell if mandatory E-Verify becomes a reality nationally for all businesses, but two recent enforcement actions may provide us with an idea about the types of changes to immigration […]Continue Reading
In April, USCIS announced a redesign of the Permanent Resident Card (i.e. Green Card) and Employment Authorization Document (EAD). The new-look documents started being issued in May, so some of you may have already received them. Why is USCIS doing this? The redesign is part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project, an effort to create documents that are more secure and harder to alter. The goal is to reduce fraud and counterfeiting.Continue Reading
Wondering how long it may be until you get your Green Card? The US Department of State often shares projections for the various visa categories to give people a sense of how things are currently moving. Here is information on expected priority dates retrogressions in specific categories, so you can plan ahead!Continue Reading