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Florida Pizza Company Delivers $140,000 to Department of Justice for Alleged I-9 Violations

When HR and hiring managers think about I-9 compliance, they tend to focus on the threat of a Form I-9 audit from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – the investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security that is responsible for policing the Form I-9...

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H-1B Practice Alert – Generating and Maintaining the Public Access File

As many immigration practitioners are painfully aware, the H-1B cap filing season can be a very punishing ordeal which involves the collection of numerous data points, the analysis of job and wage requirements, and the management of client expectations (to name just a few)....

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Janitorial companies agree to clean-up their I-9 process

With all of the recent talk about increasing Form I-9 enforcement and new requirements, it’s easy to...

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Practice Alert – USCIS to suspend premium processing of all H-1B petitions

Last Friday, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) delivered disappointing news to H-1B employers and beneficiaries alike when they announced the suspension of premium...

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Form I-485 Supplement J Preparation and Filing Tips

As immigration practitioners, we often view the release of a new immigration form with a certain amount of trepidation. During the past few years, the USCIS has published hundreds of updates to its immigration forms – adding new fields, changing instructions, experimenting with barcodes, etc....

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USCIS Releases M-274 Handbook for Employers, but Form I-9 Questions Remain

On Tuesday, February 14, while many Americans were celebrating Valentine’s Day with flowers, chocolates, and romantic overtures, the USCIS delivered its own special kind of love note by publishing the long-awaited revision to the Handbook for Employers, Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (M-274). Employers around...

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H-1B Season Hits the Final Stretch for FY2018

With less than six weeks remaining until April, many immigration practitioners across the US are enduring that annual rite of passage known as the H-1B filing season. The fun usually begins in early January (or sometimes late December), when employers begin sending over their...

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UPDATE: USCIS plans to issue another Form I-9 by July 17, 2017, but Trump's regulatory freeze may postpone its release

Author’s Note: this blog (originally published on February 8th) has been updated to take into account the Trump administration’s January 20th memo ordering a freeze on all new and pending regulations (changes to the article ...

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Staffing Company Escapes Potential $1.4 million Form I-9 Penalty

Employers often consider the Form I-9 verification process to be overly burdensome and downright difficult to get right – a sentiment frequently expressed by organizations of all sizes and shapes that have frequent employee turnover. Nowhere is this more evident than within the temporary staffing...

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