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Immigration Alert: TPS Beneficiaries Re-Registration Period Extended

December 14, 2023 | Compliance Immigration + Border Services

On September 8, 2023, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it was extending the re-registration period for beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under the designations of El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan.  Today, the Secretary of DHS published a Federal Register notice (FRN) to officially announce the extension from the normal 60-days to the full 18-month designation period of each country.

DHS cites many factors for the re-registration extension, including the pending TPS litigation, beneficiary confusion, … Read More

Navigating Corporate Risk: The Imperative of Thorough H-1B Program Audits

September 27, 2023 | Immigration + Border Services

In the realm of corporate risk, immigration-related concerns often take a back seat. But a closer look at the current Administration’s actions reveals where priorities lie and which industries, sectors, and companies may be in the crosshairs. Form I-9 audits and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) inspections have common associations with immigration risk. The Department of Justice (DOJ), particularly its Immigrant and Employee Rights (IER) component, is also aggressively scrutinizing U.S. companies’ hiring practices, which can lead to settlements, DOJ … Read More

Summer Doldrums? Not for Human Resources Teams and I-9s!

July 26, 2023 | Immigration + Border Services Monitoring Risk + Compliance

I don’t think the word “doldrums” is used very much anymore, but I do remember it vividly from when I was a child. It was predominantly used in connection to the lazy hazy days of summer when things were hotter than heck and humidity was always higher than anyone wanted. When schools always started back up after Labor Day, August was considered the summer doldrums, especially when you knew it was inevitable that vacation time was soon coming to an … Read More

Identifying Minors in High-Risk Jobs

June 28, 2023 | Compliance Immigration + Border Services Investigations

Recent investigative reports have revealed the Department of Labor’s crackdown on organizations found to have minors working in high-risk industries that prohibit employing anyone under 18 years of age. In a number of these cases, the minors were also identified as being unauthorized to work in the U.S. The convergence of these issues amplifies the potential for severe legal consequences, financial liabilities, damage to reputation, and operational disruptions.

Recently, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, rebranded their “Worksite Enforcement … Read More

Mergers + Acquisitions: Mitigating Immigration Compliance Risk The Pros and Cons

January 24, 2023 | Compliance Immigration + Border Services

When companies intend to merge with or acquire another company, many risk factors must be evaluated prior to the transaction’s execution. However, immigration compliance risk is not always on the top of that list. And, that could be a potentially costly omission.

Immigration Compliance: Why It Matters:

Immigration compliance risk comes in two primary areas; 1) Work-related visa risk, and 2) I-9 compliance risk. While not all U.S.-based companies use work-related visas, they all must comply with the I-9 laws … Read More

Form I-9: A Whirlwind of Changes and More on the Way?

October 6, 2022 | Compliance Immigration + Border Services


As per an October 11, 2022 announcement, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs enforcement (ICE) has officially extended Form I-9 flexibilities, particularly for remote hire instances. Those relaxed procedures now expire on July 31, 2023. For employers, it is business as usual and no need to rush to get employees’ documents inspected in person at the beginning of November. The government does encourage employers to begin that process in good faith and with discretion.… Read More

Immigration Alert: Longer Auto-Extensions for Work-Authorized Individuals

Best Practices to Minimize Risk of Fines and Penalties

May 4, 2022 | Immigration + Border Services

On May 4, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a vast increase in the length of automatic extensions for certain renewal applicants. A Temporary Final Rule (TFR) has been published and provides details regarding the changes. Due to the negative impact of COVID-19, federal personnel shortages, and a major increase in Employment Authorization Document (EAD) applications, USCIS has been bogged-down with severe backlogs and delayed production of filing receipts and work permits.… Read More

Immigration Alert: TPS for Venezuelans in the United States

March 9, 2021 | Immigration + Border Services

 

On March 8, 2021, the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuelan nationals. The TPS period extends to September 2022 (18 months) and applies to those currently residing in the United States. Secretary Mayorkas cited the extraordinarily negative circumstances and poor living conditions in Venezuela as the primary reasons for the TPS.

As a result, and of utmost importance, any Venezuelan national who qualifies for and wishes to be considered … Read More

USCIS Issues Updated M-274 (I-9) Handbook for Employers

April 28, 2020 | Compliance Immigration + Border Services

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued an updated version of the M-274 I-9 Handbook for Employers.  The updates follow the changes that resulted from the release of the revised I-9 Form on January 31, 2020. It also includes additional guidance for commonly asked questions and issues raised by employers.

The M-274 is the “go-to” manual for questions regarding I-9 completion and its continued updates are an extremely helpful way for the regulatory agencies to ensure that employers have … Read More

Employer Alert – Interim State IDs Have Adverse I-9 Consequences

May 2, 2019 | Compliance Immigration + Border Services

Employers who have dedicated resources to developing a robust I-9 compliance program, and who also follow trends related to identification documents to prevent fraud, should pay attention to a new area of concern — interim driver’s licenses.

Many states have enhanced the security of their driver’s licenses and identification cards over the past several years. These enhancements consist of new security features, printing, holograms, and tamper resistant formats. Some states periodically enhance the security features of their documents, and others … Read More