Tag Archives: United States Department of Homeland Security

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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December Visa Bulletin Update, EB-2 for India Retrogresses

The employment-based second preference category is current for all countries of chargeability, except India and China. December will have a retrogression of India EB-2 applicants to a cutoff date of November 15, 2004, in large part due to the rapid … Continue reading

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New Policy provides Pathway to Green Card for Families of Service Members

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a policy memorandum addressing the parole of spouses, children and parents of active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces, members of the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve (including the … 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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CBP Issues Sequestration FAQs and Plans

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) The Department of Homeland Security agency resposible for the movement of people and goods across international boundaries has published several statements on how sequestration will affect its operations: Travel and Trade: In a FAQ issued on Saturday, … Continue reading

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President Obama Lays Out White House Vision for Immigration Reform

The White House’s FACT SHEET  lays out a very similar plan to the one proposed yesterday by the bipartisan Gang of 8 in the Senate. (See the Immigrationist’s Post on the Senate Proposal).  The President’s plan includes the following themes: Strengthening Border … 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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