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E-Verify Must Be Used by Most Employers in Georgia and North Carolina by July 1

On July 1, 2013, the final phase of laws passed in Georgia and North Carolina – Georgia House Bill 87, the “Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011” and North Carolina Session Law 2011-263 House Bill 36 – take effect and mandate the use of E-Verify for most private companies in those states. Georgia employers with more than ten employees and North Carolina employers with more than twenty five employees must begin using the E-Verify employment eligibility verification program to check work authorization for all new hires. For more information about E-Verify, visit http://www.dhs.gov/e-verify. Continue reading

Six Additional Free Form I-9 Educational Webinars Offered by USCIS to Highlight New Features

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is offering six additional free educational Form I-9 webinars that highlight the new features of the revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13) N that all employers must begin using by May 7, 2013. The new Form I-9 is available for immediate use by employers to comply with their employment eligibility verification responsibilities at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf. Continue reading

E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification Program Receives 111 Million Dollars in Funding from Congress

Both houses of Congress have agreed on legislation – H.R. 933: Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 – that includes a grant of $111,924,000 to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for necessary expenses for the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification Program. To read the full text of H.R. 933, visit http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr933/text. Continue reading

USCIS Publishes New Form I-9 for Employment Eligibility Verification

On March 8, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (Rev. 03/08/13)N that employers should begin using immediately for all new hires and re-verifications. However, since the USCIS recognizes employers may need additional time to allow for use of the new form, employers may continue to use previously accepted revisions (Rev.02/02/09)N and (Rev. 08/07/09)Y for a 60-day period until May 7, 2013. After that date, all U.S. employers must use the revised Form I-9. The new Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13)N is available at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf. Continue reading

New E-Verify and Form I-9 Employee Rights Webinar Presented by USCIS and DOJ Civil Rights Division

A new webinar co-presented by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division will help jobseekers, workers, and worker advocates understand employee rights in the Form I-9 and E-Verify processes. For information about the free live webinar – which takes place on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 and Thursday, November 15, 2012 – read the USCIS bulletin at http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/USDHSCIS-5b3c81. Continue reading

Department of Justice Settles with Janitorial Services Company over Alleged INA Violations Involving E-Verify

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has reached an agreement with a janitorial services provider based in Tampa, Florida to resolve allegations the company violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) by failing to fully reinstate an employee contesting an initial data mismatch in the federal E-Verify employment eligibility verification system. A news release from the DOJ about the settlement is available at: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2012/September/12-crt-1169.html. Continue reading

USCIS Announces Employee Rights Toolkit Online Resource to Educate Workers about E-Verify and Self Check

The September 2012 issue of E-Verify Connection, an e-newsletter from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), contains an announcement about a new Employee Rights Toolkit online resource to educate workers about E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification, Self Check, and unauthorized practice of immigration law through videos, radio, educational brochures, posters, and fliers in English and Spanish. A PDF version of the September 2012 E-Verify Connection issue is available online at: http://www.uscis.gov/USCIS/Verification/E-Verify/E-Verify_Native_Documents/Newsletters/E-Verify-Connection10.pdf. Continue reading

USCIS Releases New E-Verify Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program Enhancements on September 16

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – released several new enhancements for the E-Verify Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program on September 16, 2012 that will go into effect immediately, according to the ‘What’s New’ page on the USCIS website. For more information about E-Verify, visit: http://www.dhs.gov/e-verify. Continue reading

USCIS Publishes Second Draft of New Proposed Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification and Extends Public Comment Period

A notice published in the Federal Register on August 22, 2012 by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced an extension of the public comment period on changes in a second draft of the new proposed ‘Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification’ that employers must complete for all newly hired employees to verify their identity and authorization to work in the United States. The notice, which has a 30-day comment period ending on September 21, 2012, is available at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-22/pdf/2012-20631.pdf. The second draft of new Form I-9 is available at: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=USCIS-2006-0068-0205. Continue reading

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program Beginning August 15 May Add 1.7 Million New Workers in US

Beginning today, August 15, 2012, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – a government agency within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – will begin accepting requests for the ‘Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals’ amnesty program that could lead to an estimated 1.7 million new workers in the United States. Unauthorized immigrants 30-years-old and under who entered the U.S. before the age of 16 without documentation may now apply to remain in and to work in the country. More information is available on the USCIS website at http://www.uscis.gov/childhoodarrivals or by calling USCIS at 1-800-375-5283. Continue reading