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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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Extended Time for Resolving E-Verify Tentative Nonconfirmations

E-Verify extended the timeframe to take action to resolve: Social Security Administration (SSA) Tentative Nonconfirmations (TNCs) when they cannot be resolved due to SSA office closures. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Tentative Nonconfirmations when they cannot be resolved due to office closures. Employers Must Still Notify the Employee of the TNC As Soon As Possible Employers are still required to let the employee know about the TNC result as soon as possible. Once the employee […]

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Just Announced Flexibility for In-Person I-9 Verification

On Friday, March 20, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security used its discretionary authority to allow flexibility for the in-person Form I-9 verification requirements. Here is what you need to know. Who Is Eligible for This Flexibility? If you’re an employer practicing social distancing because of the pandemic, you can now remotely review new hires identity and employment authorization documents. This flexibility only applies to employees working remotely. If the employee is physically present at […]

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BREAKING NEWS: DHS Announces Flexibility in Requirements Related to Form I-9 Compliance

This situation has already changed since our newsletter went out on Friday. You can read more about the change here.

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