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Can an Employee Start Working Without a Social Security Number?

  It might take a while for foreign nationals arriving in the United States to work to obtain their Social Security number (SSN) for various reasons. As of this writing, it can take Social Security offices a few weeks to issue a SSN and card. What should you do if you need to onboard a worker without a SSN? Note that yes you can onboard the person without a SSN.  Below are tips to assist […]

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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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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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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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Answers to Your Pressing Questions about E-Verify TNCs

Immigration and I-9 compliance continue to be hot topics. And a number of clients have come to us lately with questions about Tentative Nonconfirmations (TNCs) and I-9 verifications. What does a TNC mean? What should you do next? Can you still hire the employee? Do you have to terminate him or her? It can be confusing to even seasoned HR personnel! So, we put together this FAQs list to help you clear up the matter. […]

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