Category Archives: I-9 News

News and updates on enforcement actions, policies and changes in the law

New Smart I-9 Form goes Live on USCIS.gov

The New “Smart”I-9 form has gone live on the USCIS.gov site, so employers are able to now use it from the USCIS.gov website.  However, the new form is not required to be used by employers until January 22, 2017.  Below … Continue reading

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Compliance Week: Immigration Compliance Audits Hit Record High Levels

In this November 19, 2013 article by Jaclyn Jaeger for Compliance Week, I discuss the importance of internal I-9 compliance, including centralizing a company’s I-9 function, and conducting internal audits.  Read the full article:immigration-compliance-audits-hit  

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SHUTDOWN Impact: USCIS, DOL, E-Verify, Consulates & More

Applications and Interviews: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Is Not Affected USCIS operations are fully funded by application fees paid when applications are filed, so the agency is not affected by federal budget negotiations. As a result, all USCIS … Continue reading

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No Summer Vacation for I-9 Compliance

The Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Discrimination (OSC) has been very busy in the last few weeks. While many employers and their employees have been enjoying traditional August vacations, the OSC has been conducting investigations, bringing suit and … Continue reading

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New I-9 Form Finally Released- 60 Day Grace Period for Implementation

The long awaited NEW Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13) has finally been released by USCIS.  After months of reviewing over 6,000 comments, USCIS has finalized the new form with some key changes: New data fields, including the employee’s … Continue reading

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Immigration Trends to Watch in 2013 – Part 2

In Part 1,  I looked at the Employment Based  trends to watch in 2013, including the H-1B Cap, EB-2 and EB-3 backlogs as well as the possibility of backlogs in EB-5. With the unemployment rate ticking slowly down and signs of life … Continue reading

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Employers Get Early Christmas Present: Reduction in I-9 Fines

In recent weeks, the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) has issued numerous decisions promoting a trend of reducing penalty amounts.   The decisions including the following employers: March Construction, Inc., Forsch Polymer Corp., BKR Restaurants (d/b/a Burger King), … Continue reading

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