A federal judge blocked sections of Georgia’s HB 87, a law targeting illegal immigration, including a provision that authorized police to check the immigration status of suspects without proper identification and to detain illegal immigrants. However, most of the bill remains intact including a requirement that employers with 10 or more employees check the employment eligibility of new hires using E-Verify. This requirement will be implemented in stages starting January 1, 2012. Employers should try to remain informed of the requirements of the growing number of immigration related state laws. CNN […]Continue Reading
Representative and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith introduced the Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 2164) last week, which would make E-Verify mandatory for most employers. The bill would also eliminate paper I-9s, making worker eligibility authorization entirely electronic. The plan is to gradually phase in E-Verify and phase out I-9s to give employers time to adapt to the new system. Click here to read the press release from the House Judiciary.Continue Reading
Just released….updated E-Verify interface with useful changes!
This weekend USCIS unveiled an updated version of E-Verify. The new interface will allow employers to enter a greater variety of US Passport and Visa numbers; to include future hire dates; and to select List B and C documents more efficiently. Let me know how the new changes works for you. Click the link below for more info. USCIS – E-VerifyContinue Reading
Haitians who have TPS must re-register from May 23, 2011 to Aug. 22, 2011. TPS beneficiaries are encouraged to file for re-registration as soon as possible to expedite processing. All of those registering for the first time or re-registering for TPS must file a Form I-821 and a Form I-765, with any required fees or a fee waiver request. Failure to submit the required application and biometric fees or a properly documented fee waiver request will result in the rejection of the TPS […]Continue Reading
No More Lost Green Cards with Secure Mail Initiative
No more lost “green cards”! – USCIS announced that it has implemented a Secure Mail Initiative (SMI) in partnership with the US Postal Service. The program allows USCIS customers to track certain permanent resident and employment authorization documents through the mail with the help of Priority Mail and Delivery Confirmation so that all documents are ensured to arrive in a safe, secure and timely manner. Click the attached link to read the press release. USCISContinue Reading
Georgia lawmakers have passed an immigration bill that would allow law enforcement to request information about suspects’ immigration status; requires private employers ( those with more than 10 employees) to use E-Verify; and places new burdens on state agencies and local government to ensure compliance. The bill is already facing criticism from President Obama and Georgia’s business and immigrant community. To read the bill, see the link below. GA HB 87Continue Reading