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Business Immigration Zone (BIZ): How the U.S. Government Shutdown Affects E-Verify

The impacts of the U.S. Government shutdown are beginning to manifest. The government recently announced E-Verify is currently not available due to the lack of federal funding. This has left many employers wondering how hiring and employment verification can move forward during this budget battle.

PERM: Where Details Matter

In 2010, Abundant Life Evangelical Community filed a PERM labor certification application with the US Department of Labor on behalf of an individual to work as an administrative assistant. PERM is the process most employers use to seek permanent residency or a green card for an employee. PERM involves testing the labor market or seeking qualified US citizen or other employment authorized workers. If no qualified workers are found, the employer files the PERM application with the DOL requesting certification.

U.S. Citizenship Launches New Online Resource

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently launched a new online resource providing employer and employee guidance relating to the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form. "I-9 Central" provides employers with information relating to I-9 completion, examples of acceptable documents, and I-9 retention and storage guidance. Employers also can pose questions through a toll-free number and via email.

Green Card Redesign - The New Card Will Be Green!

On May 11, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it will begin issuing a redesigned Permanent Resident Card, commonly referred to as the "Green Card." For the first time in over 30 years, newly-issued Green Cards will actually be green in color. The new card replaces the beige/tan card that has been used for the past several years. The new card incorporates several new security components, including storing biometric data and adding several features designed to prevent fraudulent reproduction of the card. Existing cards, produced in the older format, remain valid for the period indicated on the card. As individuals renew their Green Cards, the old cards will be phased out.

Seven States Now Mandate the Use of E-Verify.

Across the country, states continue to enact their own employment-related immigration legislation, including legislation requiring certain employers to use E-Verify to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. Currently, seven states have implemented laws requiring certain employers, and state contractors to use E-Verify. The seven states mandating the use of E-Verify are Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Rhode Island.
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