The USCIS recently released its Fiscal year 2022 Progress Report touting the agencies accomplishments and grand plans for the future. Read a bit of sarcasm into the sentence above.
The USCIS has pleaded to Congress for additional funding due to the implications of COVID-19. Guess they figure everyone else’s hand is out, why not theirs. They have stated that if they do not receive the additional funding, they will add a 10% service charge to applications. Maybe they should consider restoring the premium processing… Continue reading USCIS Running Out of Money
As if they needed to make it any more clear that USCIS is taking a more combative stance against any benefits sought, USCIS has updated its mission statement. The old mission statement was: “USCIS secures America’s promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship… Continue reading USCIS Has a New Mission Statement
The USCIS recently issued a revised version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Form. This form must be used beginning on September 18, 2017. All existing storage and retention rules for Form I-9 must continue to be followed. As you know, employers use the Form I-9 to verify the identity and employment authorization of… Continue reading USCIS Releases Revised I-9
Numerous EB-5 legislation has been introduced with the intention of curbing some of the EB-5 program’s issues and problems. S.1501, the American Job Creation and Investment Promotion Reform Act of 2015, introduced by Sen. Grassley and Sen. Leahy, included a laundry list of EB-5 “integrity” measures. Sen. Charles Grassley and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, have proposed… Continue reading The Future? of the EB-5 Program
USCIS will publish a new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification by November 22, 2016. As such, employers can continue to use the current Form I-9, dated 03/08/2013 until 01/21/2017. On or before 01/21/17, employers must use the new form.
The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Administrative Law Judges (OALJ), has determined that in certain circumstances, an employer can deduct H-1B visa fees from an employee’s final paycheck. In this case, Matter of Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society, October 26, 2016, the OALJ determined that Woodmen Life did not violate any… Continue reading DOL Finds that in Certain Circumstances You Can Deduct H-1B Visa Fees from Employee Paycheck
On August 25, 2016, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The new Form I-9 must be published by November 22, 2016. Employer can continue to use the current form until January 21, 2017. After that date, the new Form I-9 must be used. No other editions… Continue reading New Form I-9 Approved – Current Form I-9 Valid until 1/21/2017
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy memorandum, adopting an Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) decision, to provide guidance that applies to and binds all USCIS employees regarding the adjudication of L-1A visa petitions. Specifically, the memorandum clarifies that when determining whether the beneficiary of an L-1A visa petition will primarily manage an… Continue reading USCIS ISSUES POLICY MEMORANDUM REGARDING ADJUDICATIONS FOR CERTAIN L-1A VISA PETITIONS
I normally do not post about subjects such as detention, removal, deportation, etc because the readers of this blog are generally professional workers on H or L visas and those subjects though very important, are not relevant. However, I read with interest an article posted on law360.com which told of various advocacy groups who were… Continue reading DHS Ignores Federal Court
Louisiana Crane & Construction LLC, which provides oilfield services, has agreed to pay $165,000 in civil penalties and create a $50,000 fund to pay workers who lost wages because of the company’s policy requiring workers who were not U.S. citizens to provide additional documents during the Form I-9 employment verification process. The company will also… Continue reading Employer Pays $215K to Settle Citizenship Discrimination Case