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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

USCIS Tells Employers to Use Current Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 Past August 31 Expiration Date

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – has announced that, until further notice, employers in the United States should continue to use the current version the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 (Rev. 08/07/09) even after its Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number expiration date of August 31, 2012. The bulletin sent by the USCIS for the announcement is available here: ‘Continue to Use the Current Form I-9 for Employment Eligibility Verification’. Continue reading

Second Phase of Georgia E-Verify Law Requires Employers with 100 to 499 Employees to Comply by July 1

As part of the phasing in process for Georgia’s ‘HB 87 – Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011,’ the second phase of the law requires private businesses in the state “with 100 or more employees but fewer than 500 employees” to use the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system by July 1, 2012 to verify the legal work authorization status of newly hired employees to work in the United States. The full text of the law is available at: http://www1.legis.ga.gov/legis/2011_12/sum/hb87.htm. Continue reading

Company Forfeits 2 Million Dollars to DHS for Hiring Illegal Workers and Agrees to Use E-Verify

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – recently announced in a press release that a Houston, Texas-based tree trimming company has avoided criminal prosecution for employing illegal workers by agreeing to forfeit $2 million to the DHS related to revenue derived from the employment of illegal workers. The company has also agreed to adhere to revised immigration compliance procedures that include the use of E-Verify, a free electronic employment eligibility verification system run by the U.S. government. The press release from ICE is available at: http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1205/120518houston.htm. Continue reading

Alabama E-Verify Law Requiring Businesses to Enroll in E-Verify by April 1 No April Fools Joke

All businesses in Alabama must enroll in the federal E-Verify employment eligibility verification system by April 1, 2012, and this is no April Fools’ Joke. According to ‘The Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act’ (H.B. 56), considered by many to be the toughest immigration enforcement measure in the country to date, every Alabama business – regardless of size – must enroll in E-Verify by the April 1 deadline to be in compliance with the law or else they could lose their licenses for failing to abide by the law. The full text of Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act is at: http://www.openbama.org/index.php/bill/fulltext/3154. Continue reading

Enlace E-Verify Self Check Spanish Language Event Scheduled for March 1 2012

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Office of Public Engagement has invited the public to participate in “Enlace,” a free Spanish language event focused on the E-Verify Self Check online service scheduled for Wednesday, March 1, 2012, at 3:30 PM to 5:00PM EST (12:30 to 2:00 PM PST). Those interested in attending the event may do so via a live Web stream at http://www.uscis.gov/enlace or by calling 1-888-989-4980, entering the passcode “ENLACE,” and downloading the presentation. Continue reading

E-Verify Self Check Now Available in All 50 United States

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that the free online service of the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system called “Self Check” that allows workers to check their own employment eligibility status is now available in all 50 United states, as well as Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands. For more information about Self Check, please visit: http://www.uscis.gov/selfcheck. Continue reading

White House Releases Strategic Implementation Plan for Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in US

The first U.S. Government strategy and implementation plan to address ideologically-inspired violent extremism in the Homeland, the White House recently released the ‘STRATEGIC IMPLEMENTATION PLAN FOR EMPOWERING LOCAL PARTNERS TO PREVENT VIOLENT EXTREMISM IN THE UNITED STATES’ that will serve as a blueprint for how the Administration will implement the Domestic Strategy on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) in the United States, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Office of Public Engagement.

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E-Verify Use Rising in California as Employers Use Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification System

Despite California Governor Jerry Brown recently signing into law the Employment Acceleration Act of 2011 (A.B. 1236) that prohibits cities and counties in the state from requiring employers to use an electronic employment eligibility verification system such as E-Verify beginning January 1, 2012, an article in the Contra Costa Times reveals that more than 26,000 employers in the Golden State have signed up for the federal E-Verify program that checks if newly hired employers are legally eligible to work in the United States. Continue reading