News by Category: Immigration

Deadline Approaching for Using “Smart” Form I-9

The new “Smart” Form I-9 has been released and the deadline for using the new form is quickly approaching. Employers may continue using the current version of Form I-9 until January 21, 2017. After January 21, all previous versions of the Form I-9 will be invalid, and employers will be required to … Read More »

Supreme Court Will Decide Whether Immigration Executive Actions Are Constitutional

By Misty Wilson Borkowski, Abtin Mehdizadegan On January 19, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States agreed to hear whether President Obama’s November 20, 2014 Executive Actions, which made several important administrative changes in the immigration process, are constitutional. The Executive Actions, which could impact over 4 million immigrants, … Read More »

Yes, You, Too: Form I-9 Compliance for Small Businesses

Imagine this scenario: You own your own business and, for tax purposes, list yourself as an employee of your business. One day, you receive a Notice of Inspection from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). After the inspection, you are informed that you have been … Read More »

U.S. Embassies and Consulates Abroad Unable to Process Visa Requests

On June 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of State issued an alert stating: “The Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our visa systems. These issues have resulted in delays in printing visas and may mean rescheduling some visa interviews.” The issue stems from a hardware failure … Read More »

“Save the Date:” The Importance of Timely I-9 Form Preparation

In an action brought by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) against Liberty Packaging, Inc. (Liberty), the U.S. Department of Justice recently held that providing the government with backdated I-9 Forms constituted a violation of the Immigration and Naturalization Services Act. The DOJ is actively … Read More »

USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2016

On Monday, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it finished the computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, to select H-1B visa petitions to meet the 65,000 cap for fiscal year (FY) 2016. USCIS stated it will begin premium processing for H-1B cap cases no later than May … Read More »

(N)Ever Changing Immigration Laws

by Misty Wilson Borkowski Last November, immigration practitioners and foreign nationals were delighted when President Obama announced changes pursuant to an executive action that would allow many more individuals to apply for deferred action. Some of the most popular changes were: Expanding the eligibility criteria for the Deferred Action for … Read More »