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.
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.”
Thursday, December 14, 2023
The Biden Administration’s latest regulatory agenda lists several new items added by the EEOC, while indicating that OFCCP has hit the pause button on several previously listed items of interest to federal contractors.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Congress has made some progress on advancing the various appropriations bills that will fund the federal government for fiscal year 2024, although the House and Senate are far apart on how much money they want to give to agencies such as OFCCP and th
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.
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
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
Under a 2015 law enacted by Congress, the Labor Department and other federal agencies are required to adjust civil penalties annually under the laws they enforce to account for inflation. The increases for 2023 are more than 7.0%.
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
The President’s opening bid in a process that will ultimately determine federal government funding levels for fiscal year 2024, which begins on October 1, contains huge proposed increases for agencies such as OFCCP, the Wage and Hour Division, and th
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
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
But for a handful of new initiatives, the biggest change in the Biden Administration’s latest semi-annual regulatory agenda from its predecessor is a push back in estimated completion dates for items previously listed.
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
Thursday, January 5, 2023
The final FY 2023 government spending deal reached by Congress shortly before it adjourned contains budget increases for several workplace enforcement agencies, with the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission c
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.
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
With the results of the 2022 mid-term elections now in, CWC has dusted off its crystal ball to take a look at what the changed political dynamic might mean for employment policy issues.
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
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
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
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