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Will Your Immigration Case Be Impacted by the New Rule that Went into Effect on Jan. 17th?

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rule “Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers” took effect on January 17, 2017. The rule amends regulations related to certain employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs, so you may be wondering if you will be impacted. If your case is adjudicated after January 17th, 2017, it will be subject to the new rule.

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Arizona Company Fined $347,500 for 380 Paperwork I-9 Violations

In USA v. Frimmel Management, OCAHO ordered the employer to pay $347,500 in penalties for 380 paperwork I-9 violations. ICE served this employer with a Notice of Inspection requesting the original Forms I-9 “for all current employees and all former” employees, copies of any identity and employment authorization documents attached to the employees’ Forms I-9, a list of all employees receiving wages, and other related employee and business records.

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Latest Updates on the New Form I-9

Don’t forget to start using the new Form I-9 for all new employees and any Section 3 reverifications starting on January 22, 2017. Here are the most important recent updates about the form:

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Preparing for the Reengineering of U.S. Immigration under the Trump Administration

The 2016 presidential election results will have a significant impact in the direction of various employer-related matters, such as health plans, taxes, paid leave, and immigration policy. It remains to be seen whether a Trump administration will actively pursue many of the immigration campaign promises.  Any significant undertakings, such as building a physical wall on the southern border, conducting extreme vetting of certain foreigners, or deporting 11 million undocumented people, will require time, debates and […]

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Employer Fines of $75,600 Relating to I-9 Violations Upheld

In Buffalo Transportation, Inc. v. USA, the 2nd U.S. Cir. Court of Appeals upheld $75,600 in civil penalties assessed by the Office of Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) in an I-9 case. ICE audited the I-9 forms of this employer and found 138 substantive I-9 violations.  The main violations related to failing to properly prepare or present Forms I-9 or failing to complete the I-9s timely (within three days of hiring). ICE levied fines of $935 for each […]

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Employers: An Expired Employment Authorization Document Might Become a Commonly Accepted List A Document for Form I-9

USCIS has published a new rule which aims to improve certain aspects of employment-based immigration. This rule will automatically extend the validity of Employment Authorization Documents (EADs or Form I-766) for certain individuals who apply on time to renew their EADs in the same employment eligibility category.

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