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Immigration

Start making DACA contingency plans now

02/11/2020
The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to decide the fate of the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program sometime in the coming months, before the current term ends in June. If any of your employees have DACA-covered work permits, this decision will affect them—and your organization.

New Form I-9 now available

02/06/2020
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued a new version of the I-9 form that employers complete to verify that employees are eligible to work in the U.S.

Snapshot: Immigration worksite enforcement cases initiated, 2016 to 2019

12/17/2019
The Trump administration initiated a major worksite crackdown on immigration violations in 2018.

ICE continues applying heat to employers

12/12/2019
ICE Deputy Director Matthew Allen told the Wall Street Journal that the agency hopes to “arrest many more employers” in the coming years.

USCIS rolls out new electronic registration process for H-1B visas

12/10/2019
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is implementing a new registration process in the next H-1B visa lottery.

Asylum for immigrant safety whistleblowers?

12/05/2019
Over the years, courts have ruled that undocumented workers who report unsafe working conditions enjoy many of the same protections as whistleblowers who are U.S. citizens. That doesn’t mean retaliation never happens.

Employers must plan as court weighs DACA

11/21/2019
If you currently employ or are considering hiring holders of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals work permits, you should be on high alert. A pending U.S. Supreme Court case could force a change of plans.

Are you at risk of an ICE workplace raid?

08/29/2019
Massive immigration raids at Mississippi chicken processing plants received extensive media attention in August. What wasn’t widely reported was how ICE came to target the plants and conduct surprise, near-simultaneous raids across Mississippi. Now we know.

Filling out a new Form I-9? Check its expiration date

08/27/2019
The federal Form I-9, used to verify a new hire’s employment eligibility, carried an expiration date of 8/31/19. The Department of Homeland Security was expected to publish a new version of the form by the end of August.

Begin preparations now for next spring’s H-2B visa hiring

08/27/2019
If you plan to seek H-2B visa holders to begin work starting next April, now is the time to start preparing, says employer-side immigration attorney James J. O’Brien.