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10 Best Practices For Immigration Practitioners in the Wake of COVID-19

Prior to COVID-19, Immigration practitioners across the US were already grappling with ever-changing immigration policies, rapid increases in Requests For […]

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America is Reopening — Is Your Organization Prepared?

Slowly, but surely, businesses across the United States are reopening — is your organization prepared? While reopening plans may vary […]

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ICE Extends Flexible I-9 Rules in Light of Ongoing COVID-19 Concerns

As businesses across the US wrestle with the decision of how (and when) to bring their employees back into the […]

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Large Staffing Company Agrees to Pay $135,000 for I-9 Related Discrimination

This may come as a surprise to some, but one of more pervasive mistakes in I-9 compliance has nothing to […]

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Understanding the April 2020 Changes to the Form I-9 Handbook (M-274)

On Tuesday, April 27, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a substantial revision to the Handbook for […]

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USCIS Announces New Temporary Policy for Expired Form I-9 List B Identity Documents

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced yet another “temporary” Form I-9 policy in the wake of […]

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How to Draft a Remote Form I-9 Standard Operating Procedure in Six Steps

During the past month, HR departments across the US have scrambled to implement a truly “remote” new hire Form I-9 […]

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Government Watchdog Calls Out USCIS for Inconsistent I-9 Guidance Relating to TPS

In an April 2020 report, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the USCIS has not provided employers with consistent […]

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USCIS publishes COVID-19 Q&As Relating to Form I-9 and E-Verify

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has launched a dedicated Q&A webpage to address the new temporary Form […]

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Form I-9 Conundrum: Is your business operating remotely during COVID-19?

It’s been almost two weeks since DHS announced their new “flexible” Form I-9 option, which enables employers to conduct a […]

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COVID-19 Update: USCIS Provides I-9 Guidance on Expired Driver’s Licenses and State IDs

UPDATED: On Monday, March 30, 2020, the USCIS provided us with revised (and clarified) guidance on how to document an […]

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E-Verify Extends Social Security Mismatch Timeframe in Light of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

On Saturday, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued new E-Verify guidance for employers in response to the […]

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DHS announces Rare I-9 Flexibility for Employers that are Operating Remotely as a…

Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that they are implementing a special Form I-9 exception for employers who […]

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Best Practices for Completing the Form I-9 Remotely during the Coronavirus Outbreak

***3/20/20 UPDATE*** DHS has announced a new flexible I-9 policy, which enables certain employers (operating remotely) to defer the in-person […]

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Glitches and Gremlins in USCIS’ New H-1B Registration Process

Yesterday, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) initiated a bold new experiment in their annual cap-subject H-1B selection […]

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Recent Form I-9 Guidance: H-1B Employees, Laminated SS Cards and More

During the past couple of weeks, I-9 aficionados across the country have been talking about the release of the new […]

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The Future is Cloudy for E-Verify

E-Verify has long been considered the promised land of employment eligibility verification in the US, ever since it was first […]

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White House Budget Reveals Latest I-9 Audit Stats and Plans for I-9 Worksite…

Yesterday, the White House unveiled a $4.8 trillion budget for the next fiscal year which includes $49.8 billion in funding […]

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Court finds I-9 penalties too spicy for Mexican restaurant

As employers, you all know that mistakes happen when completing the Form I-9. If you dare to look at your […]

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New Form I-9 Released! What Employers Need to Know.

Today, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published the long-awaited update to the Form I-9, a ubiquitous document which […]

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Alabama Staffing Company Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim Involving Electronic I-9 System

Earlier this month, the Department of Justice, through its Immigrant and Employee Rights (IER) section, announced yet another settlement agreement […]

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Top 10 Takeaways From I-9 Palooza @ CommunityLIVE 2019

Attendees got the inside scoop on Remote I-9s…and then some. Completing remote I-9s (compliantly) is a hot topic for HR […]

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California’s AB 5 looms large in 2020 for I-9 Compliance Managers

Most HR compliance managers have at least one “I-9 related” nightmare from their past, which haunts them from time to […]

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STEM Immigration Work Permits May Trigger ICE Audits

If you are an employer seeking to recruit talented foreign nationals to fill in-demand STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) […]

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ICE brings on additional auditors to support exponential increase in Form I-9 inspections

When HR managers think of Form I-9 inspections, they often imagine the proverbial knock at the door from ICE (Immigration […]

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New Oregon Law Imposes Form I-9 Audit Notification Requirement on Employers

As Form I-9 inspections continue to heat up across the US, employers in Oregon now have a new obligation to […]

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The Dog Days of Summer Bring a Fresh Round of I-9 Audits; Five…

As much of the nation continues to swelter through searing hot temperatures, employers across the US have been experiencing a […]

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E-Verify Enhancements for Web Services Providers in 2019

It’s not widely known, but E-Verify, the “free” system for confirming work authorization in the United States, actually leads a […]

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USCIS issues another 30-day comment period to solicit feedback on the Form I-9

As we reported in April, the federal government is in the midst of reviewing the Form I-9 “collection” in anticipation […]

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Form I-9 & E-Verify For Dummies Blog Series 4: 5 Fundamental Truths about…

One of the most interesting (and often challenging) aspects of Form I-9 and E-Verify compliance is deciphering fact from fiction. […]

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Dreaming of a better Form I-9 Process

In the HR world, the release of a new Form I-9 is potentially a big deal. On paper, it may […]

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Latest I-9 Penalty Case Leaves Cleaning Company Hung Out to Dry

There’s an old adage that says what you do today will affect tomorrow – an inspirational quote often intended to […]

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Form I-9 & E-Verify For Dummies Blog Series 3: Getting a Grip on…

There are several incessant worries in the realm of I-9 compliance that bother even the most experienced HR manager among […]

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UPDATE: E-Verify back online as 2019 federal government shutdown comes to a temporary…

Author’s Note: this blog (originally published on January 28, 2019) has been updated to reflect clarifying guidance from the USCIS […]

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I-9 Practice Alert – ICE revises Guide to Selected US Travel and Identity…

The Form I-9 often feels like a hopelessly antiquated process, stuck forever in a time when good penmanship was highly […]

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Some Employees Fall through the Cracks as E-Verify Shutdown Continues

Many in HR are probably all too familiar with the rippling effects of the 2019 government shutdown, including the temporary […]

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Form I-9 & E-Verify For Dummies Blog Series 2: What You Should Know…

With the new year upon us and hiring in the US at an all-time high, the Form I-9 is once […]

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E-Verify shuttered as 2019 hiring begins

The partial federal government shutdown (now in its 12th day) has gotten a lot of media attention for good reason. […]

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I-9 Alert: Social Security No-Match Letters to Return in 2019

As an attorney and self-proclaimed compliance wonk, it always amazes me how much havoc (and confusion) a simple two or […]

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Form I-9 & E-Verify For Dummies Blog Part 1: Common Mistakes of Completing…

If you’ve ever stared at the Form I-9 and wondered (perhaps aloud) why a seemingly innocuous-looking form has so many […]

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DHS Proposes Adding a Registration Requirement for Cap Subject H-1B Petitions

On December 3, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed regulation in the Federal Register that would […]

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How Does a Divided Congress in 2019 Impact I-9 and E-Verify Compliance?

During the past few weeks, it’s been hard to escape midterm election mania here in the US. Whether you prefer […]

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E-Verify begins validating driver’s license data with National Law Enforcement Tracking System

As of October 1, 2018, the E-Verify system can now check driver’s license data from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for employers using E-Verify through the “web” interface.

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The Form I-9 Audit Surge Continues with Over 5,200 I-9 Audit Notices in…

For employers, the dog days of summer have clearly arrived as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues its onslaught of […]

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Everything you always wanted to know about the Form I-9 (at the second…

Once upon a time, I-9 compliance was a relatively simple topic for HR and hiring managers. There was a one-page […]

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The Quiet Before the Storm? A Review of 2017 OCAHO I-9 Penalty Decisions

[Editor’s Note: Today’s blog is courtesy of Bruce E. Buchanan, an attorney at the Nashville and Atlanta offices of Sebelist […]

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ICE Reports 60 Percent Increase in Form I-9 Audits with Plans to Turn…

Yesterday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed what many employers across the US have been feeling this year – the […]

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California Publishes Template Posting Notice for Employers Receiving an I-9 Notice of Inspection

The California Labor Commissioner’s Office has just released a must-have template for HR departments, which addresses the state’s relatively new […]

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E-Verify Back Online After Government Shutdown (FAQs for Employers)

  Yesterday, the US Senate voted 81-18 to end the short-lived (3-day) government shutdown and extend federal funding through February […]

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Best Practices for Managing E-Verify during a Federal Government Shutdown

At the stroke of midnight last Friday (January 19th), the federal government officially shut down, ceasing all but the most […]

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