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Employers must start using new form I-9 on May 1, 2020

On Jan. 31, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Form, version date of “Rev. 10/21/2019,” that all employers must begin using on May 1, 2020.

H-1B Visa Processing Delays Underscored by Extraordinary Need for Healthcare Workers

Processing delays for immigration cases have increased by 46 percent in the past two fiscal years and 91 percent since FY 2014.

Federal Judge Blocks Enforcement of DHS’ “Unlawful Presence” Calculation

International students at U.S. colleges and universities can feel a bit more secure now that a federal district court judge in North Carolina has permanently enjoined the government from enforcing its 2018 Policy Memorandum that changed how “unlawful presence” would be calculated.

USCIS Publishes New Form I-9

On January 31, 2020, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new edition of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, approved by the Office of Management and Budget on October 21, 2019. Employers may begin using this updated form immediately, but must use it as of April 30, 2020.1 All U.S. employers must properly complete Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States, including citizens and non-citizens.2 Both employees and employers (or authorized representatives of the employer) must complete the form.

Travel Ban Update: Administration Adds Six New Countries to List

Approaching the three-year anniversary of the issuance of President Donald Trump’s “Executive Order Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” on January 31, 2020, Trump added six new countries to the list of affected countries: Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar (Burma), Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania.

USCIS Releases New Version of Form I-9

Today, US Citizenship & Immigration Services released a new version of Form I-9. The new form bears a revision date of 10/21/2019. Prior versions of the I-9 form are not authorized. Employers have until April 30, 2020 to use the new version of the form. To avoid unnecessary complications in the event of an ICE audit, employers should destroy blank copies of the old version of the I-9 form and distribute the new form for use immediately.

USCIS to Begin Implementing Public Charge Rule as of February 24

On January 30, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will begin implementing the new public charge regulations on February 24, 2020. The regulations broadly expand the list of public benefits that can be considered, as well as the discretion given to immigration officers when deciding whether someone is “more likely than not” to become a public charge.

USCIS Introduces New I-9 Form

The long-promised new Form I-9 is now available for use and downloading from the USCIS website. Although it became available for use starting January 31, 2020, there is a grace period. Employers have up to 90 days (until May 1, 2020) to start using the new form which has the Revision date 10/21/19 on the bottom corner. Failure to use the new form on and after May 1, 2020, will lead to penalties in case of an audit.

Immigration Update – USCIS Releases New Form I-9

USCIS has announced it has published a New Form I-9, which employers may start using January 31, 2020. The announcement is available at: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/whats-new/whats-new.

Time to Start Planning for H-1B Cap Season

It is time to start preparing for the upcoming H-1B visa lottery, which begins April 1, 2020, and will be the first one to require an electronic registration for each case.
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