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Employer Alert: Trump’s Budget and E-Verify

The President’s budget allocates $15 million to “begin implementation of mandatory nationwide use of the E-Verify Program.” E–Verify is a government web-based system that compares information from the Form I-9 to data from US government databases to confirm the applicant’s work eligibility. Currently, participation is primarily voluntary. The President will need Congress approval to mandate E–Verify nationwide. Senator Charles Grassley has re-introduced legislation to authorize a national E–Verify program. 

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Premium Processing Suspended Temporarily

The USCIS announced that it is temporarily suspending premium processing of all I-129 H-1B petitions. The suspension will begin on April 3, 2017, the first business day for filing H-1B cap petitions.  USCIS has indicated the suspension may last up to six months.

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Employer Alert: New I-9 Handbook

It’s here! US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released the new M-274 “Handbook for Employers with Guidance for Completing Form I-9”. The handbook includes guidance on completing the new Form I-9, which went into effect on January 22, 2017, as well as photocopying and retention, unlawful discrimination and penalties, and E-Verify.

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Trump Administration Executive Orders on Immigration and Workforce Strategy

As of this writing, the Trump Administration has issued and is expected to continue to issue Executive Orders (EO) relating to immigration including visa issuance, screening procedures, E-Verify, higher H-1B wages and refugees. The intent of these EO is to protect our nation but they are also having the effect of creating confusion, anxiety and delays for foreign nationals and their employers.

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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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