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A New Look for Green Cards and EADs

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.

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Employer Alert: Difficulty Receiving EADs in the Mail

If a foreign national is reporting difficulty getting an EAD in the mail, consider these two common issues. There must be someone present to receive the EAD. When no one is home, the post office returns the EAD to USCIS. If you are expecting an EAD, make arrangements with your post office to ensure delivery. If a foreign national moves, you must notify USCIS promptly. Otherwise, the EAD might not be delivered at all. It […]

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I-9 Alert: Automatic Extensions of EADs

Due to the new High-Skilled Workers rule that went into effect on January 17, 2017, USCIS is no longer required to adjudicate EADs within ninety days. To help prevent a gap in employment authorization, DHS will grant automatic 180-day EAD extensions in most categories if filed on the same basis as the initial EAD. Here is what you need to know about these new regulation. 

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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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I-9 Verification and Automatic EAD Extension for TPS Holders

The DHS may designate a country for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) when it has determined that conditions in that country would result in a threat to the personal safety of individuals if they returned home (i.e.  armed conflict, epidemic, or earthquake). Citizens of that country in the U.S. can apply for TPS status. Currently, several countries have been designated for TPS including:

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FAQ: DACA, DAPA and SCOTUS – U.S. v. Texas Decision

About the Decision: On June 23, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) issued a one-sentence per curium ruling in U.S. v. Texas, simply stating “The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided court”. This 4-4 decision left in place the Fifth Circuit ruling blocking the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA+) and Deferred Action for Parents of American and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).

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