On October 1, 2017, USCIS will start in-person interviews for employment-based green card applicants, which is something that has not been done in over a decade. Due to the change, there will be much longer wait times to finalize the employment-based green card process. But the consequences go much further than that. The policy change is expected to impact all people applying for permanent residence status, leading to massive green card processing backlogs, and possibly […]Continue Reading
On July 17, 2017, USCIS released a revised Form I-9 and the Handbook for Employers. You may begin using the new form immediately, but it is not required until September 18, 2017. Until then, you may continue to use the Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16 N. You should also continue to follow existing storage and retention rules for all previously completed Form I-9s. Here is what HR professionals need to know about […]Continue Reading
What You Should Know about the Supreme Court Decision on the Travel Ban
The US Supreme Court allowed a limited version of Trump’s travel ban to take effect. Here’s what you should know about the decision. The court ordered to keep in place part of the lower court injunctions, but reimposed the travel ban for foreign nationals “who lack any bona fide relationship” with US persons. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on the merits of the executive order in October. The Supreme Court’s order is a partial […]Continue Reading
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