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.Continue Reading
USCIS has 58,700 Form I-751 pending petitions. Processing times for these petitions are 11.5 months out. The Vermont Service Center (VSC) acknowledged that this isn’t where they want to be. They hope that in the next month or two they will increase the number of petitions being processed. They have 20 workers in training who will be coming back to help with adjudication. Once the TPS (Texas Service Center) workload eases up, some of those adjudicators […]Continue Reading
What does the Trump Presidency mean for my immigration process?
Over the last few months, and more since November 9th, I have been asked – what does the Donald Trump Presidency mean for my immigration process? It is unlikely that we will see significant changes to the immigration process in the near term. In the long term, we are likely to see President-Elect Trump and Congress tackle immigration reform and changes including increased worksite enforcement and I-9 audits, additional security checks for visa processing and increased regulation on work […]Continue Reading
Employer Ordered to Pay Penalties of $56,150 for I-9 Violations
In U.S. v. Solutions Group International, LLC, OCAHO ordered the employer to pay $56,150 in penalties after accounting for some mitigating factors. After Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) served a Notice of Inspection, the employer, Solutions Group, was unable to produce some I-9 forms and, as to the forms produced, ICE found various sections out of compliance. ICE filed a two-count complaint for: failure to prepare/present I-9 forms and failure to properly complete Section 2. ICE assessed […]Continue Reading
Current Form Valid Until January 21, 2017 We recently shared a variety of updates regarding the new Form I-9 that was approved by the Office of Management and Budget in August. Earlier this week, it was announced that USCIS will publish the new form on November 22, 2016. Employers may continue to use the current version of the Form I-9 until January 22, 2017. After that date, any information obtained on an old Form I-9 […]Continue Reading
As we posted in this update on September 1st, the form I-9 has been approved. This new form will include “smart features” that will be beneficial for employers to identify potential mistakes. This new form has yet to be published, but when it is released it will be valid until August 31, 2019, a 3-year period that is consistent with previous Form I-9 validity periods. USCIS will still continue to accept the old I-9 form […]Continue Reading