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Discover How to Complete Form I-9 Under the New Flexible Rules. USCIS Shows Us How.

In an unusual move, USCIS recently posted examples of annotated Forms I-9 as guidance for employers. They cover both remote employment authorization inspection and performing the required physical inspection once normal operations resume. All told, USCIS provided seven Form I-9 examples.  These are meant to assist employers with documentation resulting from the temporary policy allowing employers to inspect Section 2 documents remotely using video, fax, email, or other. Currently, this flexibility is set to expire […]

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Alert for Post Covid-19 Workplaces: What You Should Know Right Now about I-9 Compliance

Over the past few months, many employers took advantage of pandemic-inspired relaxation of Form I-9 review policies that allowed for employers to examine employment eligibility documents remotely. Now that many physical locations are reopening, things are changing again. What exactly do employers need to do? For Employees Hired Utilizing Remote Verification Within three business days of resuming normal operations, you should require any employees who were hired utilizing remote verification to show up in person […]

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What You Need to Know about the New I-9 Handbook for Employers

USCIS released its new M-274, Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9, also known as I-9 Handbook. The handbook provides employers with guidance on how to complete and retain the Form I-9.  This updated version contains expanded information on properly completing the most recent edition of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, which became effective May 1, 2020. It also provides updates on policy changes. Below we provide a summary of the main updates to […]

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How Do I Complete the I-9 Verification of an F-1 Student Under the H-1B Cap-Gap?

Some F-1 students whose H-1B petitions were timely filed with an October 1 start date and requested change of status are eligible for a cap-gap extension of status and employment authorization. The cap-gap is the period between when the F-1 student status would end and the H-1B status begins on October 1. Qualifying students are legally able to live and work in the United States during the “cap-gap” period. The cap-gap extension ends on September […]

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USCIS Releases Updated Q&A on Temporary Policies for Form I-9 and E-Verify

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DHS has provided some temporary flexibility to the E-Verify and Form I-9 requirements. Here are the latest Q&As from USCIS on this topic, which should be helpful to employers. Read on.

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Foreign Nationals Don’t Need a SSN to Be Onboarded

Foreign nationals arriving in the United States to work are often unable to get their Social Security number (SSN) until a few days or weeks after they begin working for various reasons. As of this writing, along with countless other businesses across the country, the Social Security offices are closed. So no one can get a new SSN. What should you do if you need to onboard a foreign national worker without a SSN? Don’t […]

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