New 30-Day Commentary Period Opens for I-9 Reissue

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has opened a 30-day public commentary period on possible revisions to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The commentary period ends July 5, 2019. The act requires both a 60-day and 30-day commentary period for the I-9, whose current version expires […]

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ICE Raids on Record Pace — Return of the No-Match Letter

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its two enforcement wings — Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) — have ramped up raids and indictments. In 2018, DHS conducted 6,850 worksite investigations compared to 1,700 the prior year. In addition, ICE made 800 criminal arrests in 2018 but just 140 in […]

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Homeland Security Investigations Up 300 Percent-Plus Over Previous Year

Audits, investigations and arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents in FY 2018 rocketed 300 to 750 percent over the previous fiscal year, depending on the category of enforcement. HSI worksite investigations surged in FY 2018 to 6,846 from 1,691 the previous year (400 percent). I-9 audits rose from 1,360 […]

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ICE on the Move Against I-9 Worksite Violations

Instructional materials, checklists and guidebooks on the I-9 verification process and virtually every compliance issue a business could ever face are available in our online Digital Workplace Compliance Library, a vast and invaluable resource. You could be relying on it daily if you sign up for an annual compliance plan with Personnel Concepts. Watch our […]

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I-9 Fines Increased

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced that it would be increasing the fines for Form I-9 errors and other common violations of federal immigration law. The news of the penalty increases comes as the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has pledged to quadruple worksite inspections, which includes auditing Forms I-9. This form is used to verify an employee’s identity and […]

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USCIS Releases Details of July 17 Revised I-9 Form

USCIS released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17. Employers will be able to use this revised version or continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16 N through Sept. 17. On Sept. 18, employers must use the revised form with a revision date of 07/17/17 N. Employers […]

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New Form I-9 to Be Issued in July

A new version of the Form I-9, dated 07/17/2017 N, will become mandatory on Sept. 17, 2017, replacing the version dated 11/22/2016 N, which may continue to be used until Sept. 16, 2017. The International Entrepreneur Rule was published in the Federal Register by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Aug. 31, 2016, as a proposed rule […]

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Recent Regulatory and Legal Updates You Should Be Aware Of

In the past year, covering the end of the Obama administration to the beginning of the Trump White House, several developments have taken place on the legal and regulatory fronts that employers should be aware of and comply with as needed. Jan. 22, 2017: Revised Form I-9 use is mandated. The new employment eligibility form that […]

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New Form I-9 Must Be Used Starting Today

The revised “smart” version of the Employment Verification Form I-9 must be used beginning today, Jan. 22, even though it’s a Sunday and unlikely that many new hires would start work today. Form I-9 came about as a result of the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986, when President Ronald Reagan and the […]

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Revised Form I-9 Released

Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. By Jan. 22, 2017, employers must use only the new version, dated 11/14/2016 N. Until then, they can continue to use the version dated 03/08/2013 N or the new version. Among the changes in the new version, Section 1 […]

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