USCIS Has a New Mission Statement

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

USCIS Releases Revised I-9

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

The Future? of the EB-5 Program

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

DOL Finds that in Certain Circumstances You Can Deduct H-1B Visa Fees from Employee Paycheck

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

New Form I-9 Approved – Current Form I-9 Valid until 1/21/2017

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

USCIS ISSUES POLICY MEMORANDUM REGARDING ADJUDICATIONS FOR CERTAIN L-1A VISA PETITIONS

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

DHS Ignores Federal Court

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

Employer Pays $215K to Settle Citizenship Discrimination Case

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

E-Verify Systems Records Purge

Starting on January 1, 2015, E-verify transaction records more than 10 years old will be deleted by the E-Verify system. E-Verify users will no longer have access to cases created prior to December 31, 2004. This action is required to comply with the National Archives and Records Administration’s (NARA) retention and disposal schedule. In order… Continue reading E-Verify Systems Records Purge