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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

Before ICE Comes Knocking: Strategies to Address Worksite Enforcement

February 5, 2018 | Compliance Immigration + Border Services

If there was any doubt about whether the current Administration was going to add worksite enforcement back into ICE’s enforcement agenda, the answer is “YES”. On January 10, 2018, ICE Acting Director Tom Homan released ICE’s revised worksite enforcement strategy. The new strategy focuses on three identified prongs: compliance; enforcement; and outreach.

Specifically mentioned under the enforcement prong is “the arrest of unauthorized workers for violation of laws associated with working without authorization.” This is a significant change from … Read More

Worksite Enforcement on the Rise

October 6, 2017 | Immigration + Border Services Investigations

Last week U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a news release regarding a significant worksite enforcement settlement which was touted as the “largest civil settlement agreement ever levied by ICE”. The question being asked by many employers, “Is this the return to worksite enforcement under the Trump Administration?” Given the strong talks about the southern border wall and being more aggressive on immigration enforcement by the current Administration, one area that has remained relatively quiet is worksite enforcement, both … Read More

Hiring Refugees in Response to Trump Executive Order?

February 2, 2017 | Compliance Immigration + Border Services

In response to the Trump Administration’s Executive Order temporarily banning refugees and certain immigrants with origins from seven specific countries, several U.S. companies publicly declared their commitment to the hiring of refugees.  Specifically, Starbucks pledged to hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years and LinkedIn signaled their intent to speed up the expansion of LinkedIn’s “Welcome Talent” refugee support program. Other companies are considering following the lead of Starbucks and pledging to hire existing and newly arriving refugees.

For … Read More

President Trump Hints that Worksite Enforcement May Return

January 23, 2017 | Immigration + Border Services Investigations

During his inaugural address, President Trump provided a glimpse into the priorities his administration will pursue, including immigration enforcement. He stated, in part, “We will get our people off of welfare and back to work – rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.” This clearly points not only a desire to prevent the outsourcing of American jobs, but also a desire to ensure only authorized workers in the United States are engaged in the workforce.

President Trump and … Read More

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