Immigration Blog

6 of the Top I-9 Mistakes That Employers Make

As a business immigration attorney, one of the things I get the most questions about from clients is the I-9 verification process — and it’s easy to see why! I-9 verification is complicated, confusing, and full of lots of specific rules and requirements. That’s why I decided to write my new I-9 Verification Employment eGuide for HR professionals. This free, comprehensive book is chock-full of detailed information designed to walk you through the process and […]

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Giselle Leading an I-9 Webinar Series in Partnership with DCSI

What should an employer do if an employee turns in I-9 documentation with different last names? Here’s the official answer: “An employer may accept documents with a different last name as long as the documents are on the List of Acceptable Documents and the employer is otherwise satisfied that the documents reasonably appear to be genuine and to relate to the employee.  The employer should also create a short memo for the employee’s Form I-9 […]

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What Do Employers Need to Know About the New Florida E-Verify Law?

Overview of E-Verify and Federal Requirements  E-Verify is a web-based system introduced in 1996 to compare employees’ Form I-9 data with records from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Social Security Administration (SSA), and the Department of State (DOS). E-Verify is used to confirm the employment eligibility of new hires.   Under federal law, all employers are required to complete a Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification for each new employee to verify the identity and […]

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Marks Gray Business Immigration Tips for Employers: How to Perform Form I-9 Verification for Remote Workers Using an Agent or Authorized Employer Representative

Employers — want to know how you can use an agent or authorized employer representative to perform remote Form I-9 verification? With ongoing remote work, which is likely to continue, employers have been asking me to review the option for completing the Form I-9 for remote workers using an agent or authorized employer representative, such as another HR professional, family member or anyone else. Here is a step-by-step overview of this process.  Section 1 This […]

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HR Alert: Another Extension for Form I-9 Virtual Verification Flexibility — This Time for an Additional 60 Days

On September 15, DHS and ICE announced another extension of the flexibility of virtual verification to comply with the requirements of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.   Previously, the deadline for flexible verification was set to expire on September 19. This time the extension is for 60 days. The expiration date for this accommodation is now November 19, 2020.    Keep in mind, however, that this provision only applies to those workplaces and employers that are operating […]

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New Decision Means You Can Temporarily Use Form I-797 EAD Approval for Form I-9 Verification

Qualifying Form I-797s must include a notice date on or after 12/1/19 through 8/20/20. Additionally, this form must be informing of Approval of an Application for EAD (Form I-765) until 12/1/20. Employees may use the EAD Approval Notice to establish employment authorization during the I-9 verification process.  This decision comes after a settlement from a class action lawsuit against USCIS, asserting harm from the recent extensive delays in EAD card issuance. It was discovered that […]

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