By Adam Francoeur, Esq.
This week the U.S. Senate, led by the so-called “gang of eight,” released a bill that has won the cautious approval of the White House and of advocates seeking an overhaul of the broken immigration system and, principally, a roadmap to citizenship for the nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. . . . → Read More: Comprehensive Immigration Reform: A Bill at Last!
By Richard Yemm, Esq.
Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about filling out an I-9, the eagerly anticipated (at least in our office) two-page Form I-9 was finally released on Friday (March 8, 2013) amid much fanfare and excitement (in our office).. Although the old (02/02/09 and 08/07/09) versions of the form can . . . → Read More: Are Your I-9s in Order? Five Improvements to the New Form I-9 to Help Employers!
By Joseph J. Shepherd, Esq.
H-1B employers received 15,648 unannounced workplace site-visits from the USCIS Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (“FDNS”) in Fiscal Year 2011. Here are ten tips for human resources (“HR”) personnel to help prepare for, manage, and follow up after a FDNS workplace site-visit. With a $500 Fraud Investigation fee . . . → Read More: How to Prepare For a USCIS Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) Workplace Site-Visit: Ten Tips for H-1B and L-1 Employers
By: Bernard Wolfsdorf and Tien-Li Loke Walsh
In early June of this year, the USCIS released a revised version of the I-9 Handbook for Employers (known affectionately as “the M-274”). This version (Rev. 06/01/11. All prior versions obsolete) promised additional guidance on how to enter an employee’s name, more examples of acceptable documents, and information regarding employment-authorized nonimmigrants. . . . → Read More: Latest I-9 Handbook Reveals New Guidance for Employers
By: Blake Miller, Esq.
U.S. state and federal mandatory E-Verify bills threaten to throw America’s struggling economy further into the depths. E-Verify is the internet-based system that allows employers to check employment authorization of their workforce. The online system is a cooperative . . . → Read More: Mandatory E-Verify: Spoiling the United States
By Lisa Yu, Esq.
As an attorney who has focused primarily on labor certifications for the past 14 years, I have learned a lot of lessons and want to share a few tips….
Never promise a client that the labor certification process will be approved, you can never know if there are qualified U.S. workers;
Never tell a . . . → Read More: PERM Labor Certification – Five Reflections and Warnings for Attorneys, Employers and Foreign Nationals
By Tien-Li Loke Walsh, Esq. & L. Batya Schwartz Ehrens, Esq.
If the Form I-9 gives you nightmares and cold sweats, an electronic I-9 management system (not your therapist!) may be the right solution for your company. However, an I-9 system alone cannot remedy all your I-9 issues. Designing and implementing an effective Standard Operating Procedure . . . → Read More: Going Electronic? The “Seven W’s” for Developing an Effective SOP for Electronic I-9 Implementation
The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, in United States of America v. John Reece Roth, recently affirmed the conviction of a university professor for violation of the Arms Export Control Act. The Defendant argued that data from a phase of the project involving testing on non-military aircraft were not defense articles or services, and . . . → Read More: Compliance Update: Export Control News
By Sarah Baker, Esq.
In an era when state and local governments are struggling for resources and facing deep budget cuts due to shrinking tax revenues, the Federal Government is now doling out millions of dollars it has collected from employers found to have violated laws relating to the hiring of undocumented workers. Recently, the Department . . . → Read More: Immigration Enforcement Against Employers of Undocumented Workers is a “Cash Cow” for State and Local Agencies!