MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency has issued a proposed rule to revise the H-1B “specialty occupation” visa program in an effort to improve the program’s efficiency, provide more flexibility for both peti
In an action that some critics claim is politically motivated, the Department of Justice has sued Elon Musk-owned company SpaceX for alleged immigration law violations. SpaceX in turn has counter-sued DOJ, defending its practices and arguing that the
MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED. In conjunction with the recent release of a new I-9 form and implementation of a new remote verification option, CWC has updated our popular Form I-9 Process Outline.
Three enforcement settlements announced recently by the Department of Justice confirm that the agency is prepared to go after employers that violate the anti-discrimination provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act during the I-9 process.
CWC’s written comments to the Department of Homeland Security argue that two years of positive experience by employers is more than enough to justify making permanent the current temporary policy of allowing I-9 verifications to be completed remotely
The Biden Administration has revised a Trump-era rule that would have made it easier for the government to deny legal immigration status to a migrant based on whether the person could be considered a “public charge.” As with the Trump rule it replace
The U.S. Department of Justice announced recently that it had reached settlements with some 20 different employers to resolve discrimination allegations brought under the Immigration Reform and Control Act.
MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency has proposed a rule that will allow USCIS to continue a temporary policy of allowing remote I-9 verifications. CWC will be filing comments on the proposal, and we encoura
According to data obtained by CWC from Immigration and Customs Enforcement pursuant to a FOIA request, the number of worksite investigations, including routine I-9 audits, dropped dramatically during the first year of the Biden Administration.
CWC’s written comments to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency support its proposed changes to the Form I-9 that we believe will streamline the I-9 process as well as lessen paperwork burdens for employers.
In a positive development for employers that have implemented telework policies in response to COVID-19, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency has extended its temporary policy allowing remote inspection of I-9 documents until October
MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency, as part of the periodic approval process required for renewal of government forms, is proposing some changes to the I-9 form designed to streamline it. We’d like to hear
Our update summarizes recent developments regarding the popular H-1B visa program.
CWC has filed comments with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency that administers the I-9 verification process, urging USCIS to make permanent a current temporary policy that allows employers to conduct I-9 verifications remotely.
MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED. The Department of Homeland Security is asking for public comments on how employers have implemented the temporary policy allowing I-9 verifications to be made remotely. Importantly, DHS is also considering making this polic
Two recent developments that impact the H-1B visa program used by many employers suggest that the program is likely to remain in flux into the foreseeable future.
The Trump Administration is proposing to revamp the H-1B visa program by scrapping the current randomized lottery for choosing visa registrations and replacing it with a selection process that would prioritize visas based on the highest salaries offe
Under a 2015 bill approved by Congress, statutory fines under many federal laws are adjusted upwards on an annual basis for inflation. Our memo lists adjusted current penalty amounts for a number of employment-related violations.
In the Trump Administration’s latest effort to curb alleged abuses in the popular H-1B visa program, the government has issued two new “Interim Final Rules” that are designed to further restrict the use of H-1B visas.
Because of delays encountered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency in issuing new Employment Authorization cards, the agency is temporarily allowing employers to accept the form issued by USCIS indicating that a card has been appro
In an unexpected development, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency announced recently that it had reopened the H-1B visa lottery conducted earlier this year to select additional registrants that timely pre-registered. Companies notifi
The Trump Administration has taken three separate actions over the last few weeks aimed at impacting businesses that employ foreign workers on H-1B visas, including a substantial increase in application fees.
Despite the Supreme Court’s ruling that the Trump Administration’s attempted rescission of the DACA program was improper because it did not provide adequate justification, the administration is continuing to put limits on DACA’s full implementation.
Although only a federal trial court ruling, this case raises the interesting issue of whether work-authorized beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are protected from discrimination on that basis by Section 1981.
The Administration’s latest semi-annual regulatory agenda shows a surprising amount of new activity being planned by the federal agencies that enforce worker protection requirements.
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