Many immigration documents require notarization. This helps deter fraud and ensure proper execution. However, it can be difficult to physically appear in front of a notary under social distancing orders. Thankfully, in Florida and many other states, you now have a new option available: online notarization. Effective January 1, 2020 (before COVID-19), Florida enacted a law authorizing Remote Online Notarization (RON). Under this law, notaries can perform online notarizations if they: Complete a training course Register […]Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
Infographic: What to Expect at Your Next USCIS Field Office Visit During Coronavirus
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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 […]Continue Reading
USCIS Announces Funding Crisis, Premium Processing in Phases. Marks Gray Explains What It Means for Your Case.
Recently, USCIS said if it does not receive $1.2 billion in emergency funds from Congress, it would furlough thousands of employees at the start of July. On the flip side, after suspending service for several months, they released a schedule for the phased reopening of premium services. What does this mean for you? Let’s deal with the budget issue first. If USCIS is not funded and the furloughs occur, this would result in ongoing delays […]Continue Reading
What to Expect After USCIS Offices Reopen
USCIS shutdown in-person services at field offices and application support centers (ASCs) starting on March 18, 2020. Now it has announced a plan to reopen on or after June 4, 2020. What can you expect from this reopening? USCIS is expected to reschedule ASC appointments for biometrics that were canceled. Those affected will receive new appointment letters in the mail. If you had an InfoPass or other appointment scheduled, it must be rescheduled through the […]Continue Reading