DHS/ICE/USCIS

Memo
24-055
Tuesday, March 26, 2024

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency has completed the fiscal year H-1B visa lottery for visa recipients who will be eligible to begin working on October 1, 2024. As a reminder, employers who are eligible to file visa petitions will b


Memo
24-049
Tuesday, March 19, 2024

President Biden has submitted his fiscal year 2025 budget to Congress, and as with the President’s earlier budget requests, it calls for increased funding for the EEOC and other workplace regulators as well as for major policy changes such as a paid


Memo
24-026
Wednesday, February 7, 2024

In its continuing effort to make the H-1B visa selection process more efficient and less prone to fraud, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency has issued two new rules designed to achieve those objectives.


Memo
24-018
Wednesday, January 24, 2024

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency has announced upcoming changes to the H-1B visa process that are, according to USCIS, “expected to increase efficiency and ease collaboration for organizations and their legal representatives.”


Memo
23-236
Thursday, December 14, 2023

The Biden Administration’s latest regulatory agenda lists several new items added by the EEOC, while indicating that OFCCP has hit the pause button on several previously listed items of interest to federal contractors.


Memo
23-211
Wednesday, November 1, 2023

MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency has issued a proposed rule to revise the H-1B “specialty occupation” visa program in an effort to improve the program’s efficiency, provide more flexibility for both peti


Memo
23-201
Tuesday, October 17, 2023

As a reminder, employers are required to begin using a new version of the Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form no later than November 1, 2023.


Memo
23-186
Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Despite efforts by the Biden Administration to overcome legal deficiencies in the DACA program by issuing formal regulations, a federal trial court has ruled once again that the program is fatally flawed, putting DACA’s ultimate fate in jeopardy unle


Memo
23-174
Wednesday, September 6, 2023

MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED. In conjunction with the recent release of a new I-9 form and implementation of a new remote verification option, CWC has updated our popular Form I-9 Process Outline.


Memo
23-166
Tuesday, August 22, 2023

A new program recently launched in Canada allows foreign workers in the U.S. with an H-1B visa to live and work in Canada, with a much faster route to permanent resident status. The instant popularity of the program underscores the flaws in the U.S.


Memo
23-156
Monday, August 7, 2023

Congress has made some progress on advancing the various appropriations bills that will fund the federal government for fiscal year 2024, although the House and Senate are far apart on how much money they want to give to agencies such as OFCCP and th


Memo
23-153
Wednesday, August 2, 2023

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency has issued a new I-9 form that employers must begin using by November 1 of this year. The new version is very similar to the proposed form that USCIS published for public comment last year.


Memo
23-149
Wednesday, July 26, 2023

The Department of Homeland Security has issued a final rule that will permit employers that participate in the government’s E-Verify program and that took advantage of the temporary remote verification policy to continue to conduct I-9 verifications


Memo
23-099
Wednesday, May 17, 2023

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that the temporary policy adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic that allows employers to conduct electronic I-9 verifications for remote new hires will end on July 31. As a result, affected


Memo
23-076
Monday, April 17, 2023

Under a 2015 law enacted by Congress, the Labor Department and other federal agencies are required to adjust civil penalties annually under the laws they enforce to account for inflation. The increases for 2023 are more than 7.0%.


Memo
23-072
Tuesday, April 11, 2023

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the federal agency that administers the nation’s legal immigration system, has announced that it received more than enough electronic registrations during its recently held annual H-1B visa lottery and has n


Memo
23-056
Thursday, March 16, 2023

The President’s opening bid in a process that will ultimately determine federal government funding levels for fiscal year 2024, which begins on October 1, contains huge proposed increases for agencies such as OFCCP, the Wage and Hour Division, and th


Memo
23-038
Tuesday, February 21, 2023

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency announced recently that employers that want to file H-1B visa petitions on behalf of foreign worker beneficiaries for the FY 2024 visa allotment can begin registering for the visa lottery on March


Memo
23-018
Tuesday, January 24, 2023

But for a handful of new initiatives, the biggest change in the Biden Administration’s latest semi-annual regulatory agenda from its predecessor is a push back in estimated completion dates for items previously listed.


Memo
23-010
Wednesday, January 11, 2023

MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the federal agency that administers the country’s legal immigration system, is proposing to increase fees on visa applications, including employment-based visas. In one example, fe


Memo
23-004
Thursday, January 5, 2023

The final FY 2023 government spending deal reached by Congress shortly before it adjourned contains budget increases for several workplace enforcement agencies, with the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission c


Memo
23-003
Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Three enforcement settlements announced recently by the Department of Justice confirm that the agency is prepared to go after employers that violate the anti-discrimination provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act during the I-9 process.


Memo
22-228
Wednesday, December 7, 2022

With the results of the 2022 mid-term elections now in, CWC has dusted off its crystal ball to take a look at what the changed political dynamic might mean for employment policy issues.


Memo
22-203
Tuesday, October 25, 2022

CWC’s written comments to the Department of Homeland Security argue that two years of positive experience by employers is more than enough to justify making permanent the current temporary policy of allowing I-9 verifications to be completed remotely


Memo
22-200
Thursday, October 20, 2022

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency within the Department of Homeland Security has announced that employers should continue to use the current version of the employment eligibility verification “Form I-9” until further notice, even t


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