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
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
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 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
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
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.
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.
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.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency announced recently that the electronic registration period for an employer to participate in the fiscal year 2023 H-1B visa lottery will begin on March 1 and last until March 18.
The online “Contractor Portal” to register with OFCCP’s new Affirmative Action Program Verification Interface opened on February 1, but many questions about how covered federal contractors will have to come.
A rule issued by the Trump Administration that would have changed the annual H-1B visa lottery to prioritize higher paid visa beneficiaries has been rescinded by the Biden Administration in the wake of a court ruling finding the rule had been unlawfu
A change to the self-identification forms being pushed out by a few HRIS vendors has created some confusion regarding whether the race/ethnicity reporting categories have changed.
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.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the federal agency that administers the H-1B visa program that gives work authorization to foreign workers in “specialty occupations,” has conducted an unprecedented third visa lottery because not enough vis
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
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has instructed the DHS sub-agencies responsible for immigration enforcement to stop controversial workplace raids and instead focus on going after employers that knowingly hire and exploit
The Biden Administration has issued a proposed rule to codify the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program in order to rectify procedural deficiencies that occurred when the program was established by the Obama Administration in 2012.
The Biden Administration was prepared to allow a Trump-era rule changing the way in which H-1B visa applications are prioritized to go into effect, but a federal court has now held the rule is invalid.
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