Immigration

Memo
24-028
Monday, February 12, 2024

Despite a bipartisan effort to take on immigration reform, including some significant employment-related changes, in the end the U.S. Senate declined to proceed, thus stifling any chances for meaningful reforms this year.


Memo
24-026
Wednesday, February 7, 2024

In its continuing effort to make the H-1B visa selection process more efficient and less prone to fraud, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency has issued two new rules designed to achieve those objectives.


Memo
24-018
Wednesday, January 24, 2024

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency has announced upcoming changes to the H-1B visa process that are, according to USCIS, “expected to increase efficiency and ease collaboration for organizations and their legal representatives.”


Memo
23-226
Thursday, November 30, 2023

Apple and the U.S. Department of Justice recently entered into a record $25 million settlement to resolve allegations that the company discriminated against U.S. citizens by favoring foreign workers for open jobs. The settlement comes at a time when


Memo
23-211
Wednesday, November 1, 2023

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


Memo
23-201
Tuesday, October 17, 2023

As a reminder, employers are required to begin using a new version of the Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form no later than November 1, 2023.


Memo
23-187
Monday, September 25, 2023

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


Memo
23-186
Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Despite efforts by the Biden Administration to overcome legal deficiencies in the DACA program by issuing formal regulations, a federal trial court has ruled once again that the program is fatally flawed, putting DACA’s ultimate fate in jeopardy unle


Memo
23-174
Wednesday, September 6, 2023

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.


Memo
23-165
Tuesday, August 22, 2023

The appeals court found that a company policy that required employees to have permanent work authorization did not intentionally discriminate against a beneficiary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in violation of “Section


Memo
23-166
Tuesday, August 22, 2023

A new program recently launched in Canada allows foreign workers in the U.S. with an H-1B visa to live and work in Canada, with a much faster route to permanent resident status. The instant popularity of the program underscores the flaws in the U.S.


Memo
23-153
Wednesday, August 2, 2023

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency has issued a new I-9 form that employers must begin using by November 1 of this year. The new version is very similar to the proposed form that USCIS published for public comment last year.


Memo
23-149
Wednesday, July 26, 2023

The Department of Homeland Security has issued a final rule that will permit employers that participate in the government’s E-Verify program and that took advantage of the temporary remote verification policy to continue to conduct I-9 verifications


Memo
23-099
Wednesday, May 17, 2023

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that the temporary policy adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic that allows employers to conduct electronic I-9 verifications for remote new hires will end on July 31. As a result, affected


Memo
23-072
Tuesday, April 11, 2023

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the federal agency that administers the nation’s legal immigration system, has announced that it received more than enough electronic registrations during its recently held annual H-1B visa lottery and has n


Memo
23-038
Tuesday, February 21, 2023

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency announced recently that employers that want to file H-1B visa petitions on behalf of foreign worker beneficiaries for the FY 2024 visa allotment can begin registering for the visa lottery on March


Memo
23-010
Wednesday, January 11, 2023

MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the federal agency that administers the country’s legal immigration system, is proposing to increase fees on visa applications, including employment-based visas. In one example, fe


Memo
23-003
Wednesday, January 4, 2023

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.


Memo
22-203
Tuesday, October 25, 2022

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


Memo
22-200
Thursday, October 20, 2022

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency within the Department of Homeland Security has announced that employers should continue to use the current version of the employment eligibility verification “Form I-9” until further notice, even t


Memo
22-197
Monday, October 17, 2022

A federal appeals court has ruled that the 2012 executive action taken by the Obama Administration to create the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was unlawful, and therefore the program itself is unlawful. That’s not the end of the stor


Memo
22-194
Tuesday, October 11, 2022

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


Memo
22-189
Wednesday, October 5, 2022

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.


Memo
22-166
Wednesday, August 31, 2022

The Biden Administration has issued a final rule codifying the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program into regulation, but it still remains unclear as to whether the program will ultimately survive legal challenges.


Memo
22-156
Monday, August 22, 2022

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


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