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USCIS Revises Form I-9: What’s New?

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new edition of the I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Form on July 17, 2017. Employers may now use the revised version, dated 07/17/17 N, or continue using the Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16 N through September 17, 2017. On September 18, 2017, the 07/17/17 N edition of the Form I-9 will become mandatory. Employers must also continue to follow existing storage and retention rules for any previously completed Forms I-9.

State Department Guidance to U.S. Diplomatic Posts on Information Sharing Standards

President Donald Trump’s March 6th revised Executive Order directs the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security, the Attorney General, and the Director of National Intelligence to review information sharing and develop uniform screening and vetting standards and procedures for visas and other immigration benefits. In June, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held this review could proceed, and the State Department issued its first guidance to all U.S. diplomatic posts on July 12, 2017. Eventually, there will be lists of countries that meet and not meet the new standards.

USCIS Releases New Form I-9 and New Handbook for Employers

On July 17, 2017, the USCIS announced the release of a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.

Employers Must Soon Use Yet Another New I-9 Form

It might seem like just yesterday that employers were told that they needed to use a new version of the Form I-9, the document verifying the identity of new hires to ensure they are authorized to work in the United States. Yet just eight months after the release of the most recent version, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has today released an updated Form I-9. Employers will need to adapt to the change and use the new form by no later than September 18, 2017 or face the possibility of large fines.

USCIS Releases New Form I-9 and New Handbook for Employers

On July 17, 2017, the USCIS announced the release of a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.

Form I-9 Revised Again

Today, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released yet another revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Changes were made to the form's instructions and to the list of Acceptable Documents on List C.

The L-1 Category: 3 Tips to Help Your Petition Withstand Scrutiny When Filing at USCIS

With the annual H-1B visa cap posing considerable staffing issues for U.S. employers requiring highly skilled workers, multinational corporations may increasingly turn to the L-1 visa to meet their need for knowledgeable, qualified professionals.

DHS Delays the Effective Date of the International Entrepreneur Final Rule

On July 11, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) formally delayed the implementation of the International Entrepreneur Rule from July 17, 2017, to March 14, 2018, to allow for a public comment period. The final rule allowed foreign entrepreneurs who were able to demonstrate that they had received investments that posed a significant public benefit to the United States to enter the United States for an initial parole period of stay of up to 30 months to facilitate the entrepreneur’s ability to oversee his or her start-up entity in the United States. The proposed final rule also included provisions that would allow for a potential extension of an entrepreneur’s stay in the United States by up to an additional 30 months.

Emails from clientverification@state.gov Are Legitimate

Emails from clientverification@state.gov are legitimate, the Department of State Visa Office has confirmed to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

DOJ Expands Time Frame to Investigate Immigration-Related Discrimination Actions

Earlier in 2017, new rules became effective from the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Rights Division impacting the authority of the Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER)—formerly known as the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices—to self-initiate immigration-related discrimination investigations.