Trump’s Travel Ban

On June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court ruled to lift part of the stay on some portions of the Trump Administration’s travel ban. The Executive Order (EO-2) had banned entry of nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from the United States for at least 90 days and suspends the admission of all … More Trump’s Travel Ban

Making it Easy to Complete Form I-9 for Remote Employees

By Carrie M. Ziegler Thomas In today’s digital workplace where more employees work from home or remotely, verifying a newly hired employee’s identity and eligibility in three days can seem impossible. This puts pressure on the employer since the employee’s documents must be physically inspected in person. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services advises that employers in … More Making it Easy to Complete Form I-9 for Remote Employees

Avoiding Citizenship Discrimination: Recent Fines Highlight Need to Review Company I-9 Policies

Last week, a California farm labor contractor agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel (OSC) a penalty of $320,000 for allegedly discriminating against U.S. permanent residents. The OSC claims that Luis Esparza Services, Inc. required green card holders to present specific documents when verifying their work eligibility because of their … More Avoiding Citizenship Discrimination: Recent Fines Highlight Need to Review Company I-9 Policies

How Obama’s Immigration Executive Action Will Affect Your Businesses

by Jerome Grzeca After President Obama’s immigration executive action announcement last week, companies across the country are wondering how their hiring practices will be impacted in the short and long term. While the turbulent political seas get calmer in the weeks to come, employers should immediately review their internal policies with respect to the employment … More How Obama’s Immigration Executive Action Will Affect Your Businesses

Artesia

When I first agreed to go to Artesia, I had no idea what I was walking into. I knew the background of the facility and what was happening there, but being an attorney there is something completely unique and heartbreaking. The on the ground team faces a myriad of ups and downs every day and … More Artesia

Revision of USCIS I-9 Handbook for Employers

Earlier this year, in conjunction with the release of the new Form I-9, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a revised version (rev. 3/8/13) of the M-274 Handbook for Employers.  Subsequently, without notice, USCIS released another version of the M-274 with a revision date of 4/30/13, but it is not clear when this new version … More Revision of USCIS I-9 Handbook for Employers

IRS Warns of Pervasive Telephone Scam

Around the country, individuals are falling victim to a new phone call phishing scheme. This scam is targeting taxpayers, including those who have recently immigrated to the United States. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a warning to try and prevent these criminals from stealing anymore information from unsuspecting victims. The scam is very well … More IRS Warns of Pervasive Telephone Scam

Government Shutdown Would Lead to Immigration Headaches

As you may have heard on the news, there is a possibility that the U.S. government could shut down if a budget agreement is not reached by the end of the fiscal year (October 1st.)  If there is, in fact, a government shutdown, all non-essential government functions would be closed, including most of the Department … More Government Shutdown Would Lead to Immigration Headaches

Visas immediately available for families of lawful permanent residents

For the first time in recent memory lawful permanent residents (LPRs) of the United States will be able to obtain immigrant visas for their spouses and children immediately.   Even as recently as July, permanent residents had to wait at more than two years to bring their children and spouses to the United States.  Historically, the … More Visas immediately available for families of lawful permanent residents