Monday, February 12, 2024
Despite a bipartisan effort to take on immigration reform, including some significant employment-related changes, in the end the U.S. Senate declined to proceed, thus stifling any chances for meaningful reforms this year.
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.
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.”
Thursday, November 30, 2023
Apple and the U.S. Department of Justice recently entered into a record $25 million settlement to resolve allegations that the company discriminated against U.S. citizens by favoring foreign workers for open jobs. The settlement comes at a time when
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
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.
Monday, September 25, 2023
In an action that some critics claim is politically motivated, the Department of Justice has sued Elon Musk-owned company SpaceX for alleged immigration law violations. SpaceX in turn has counter-sued DOJ, defending its practices and arguing that the
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
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.
The appeals court found that a company policy that required employees to have permanent work authorization did not intentionally discriminate against a beneficiary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in violation of “Section
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
A federal appeals court has ruled that the 2012 executive action taken by the Obama Administration to create the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was unlawful, and therefore the program itself is unlawful. That’s not the end of the stor
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
The Biden Administration has revised a Trump-era rule that would have made it easier for the government to deny legal immigration status to a migrant based on whether the person could be considered a “public charge.” As with the Trump rule it replace
Wednesday, October 5, 2022
The U.S. Department of Justice announced recently that it had reached settlements with some 20 different employers to resolve discrimination allegations brought under the Immigration Reform and Control Act.
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
The Biden Administration has issued a final rule codifying the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program into regulation, but it still remains unclear as to whether the program will ultimately survive legal challenges.
MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency has proposed a rule that will allow USCIS to continue a temporary policy of allowing remote I-9 verifications. CWC will be filing comments on the proposal, and we encoura