Federal Judge Orders Halt to President’s Immigration Plan

Two days before the first wave of President Obama’s immigration reform was to take effect, a federal judge in Texas has issued a 123-page order halting federal immigration officials from implementing the plan. U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen in Brownsville issued the order on Monday barring implementation of “any and all aspects” of President […]

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USCIS Website Redesigned with Enhanced Mobile Tool

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has relaunched its website, USCIS.gov, with a new look and an enhanced tool for mobile user to check the status of their cases. The USCIS announcement explained: Our updated homepage for www.uscis.gov and www.uscis.gov/espanol will still offer the user-friendly icons and tabs you are familiar with, and […]

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USCIS Launches myE-Verify for Employees

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez has announced the launch of myE-Verify — a new website designed for employees.  myE-Verify is a one-stop shop for employees to create and maintain secure personal accounts and access new features for identity protection, according to USCIS. “Since its inception, E-Verify has provided employees with valuable […]

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USCIS Introduces Form I-9 Desktop Widget

Employers can now download and install a USCIS-provided desktop widget for filling out Form I-9, the worker eligibility document that all new hires must complete within three days. The widget takes you to an online Form I-9, but remember that employers still must complete Section I and employees Section II. In the end, you need to print […]

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USCIS Publishes Form I-9 Webinar on Demand

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has produced a “Form I-9 Webinar on Demand.” You can watch any of its 14 sections individually or the whole video in one 22-minute segment. For more details on complying with all forms of employment eligibility verification, please get a copy of Personnel Concepts’ I-9 Compliance Kit.

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USCIS Replaces Secure Red Ink With Secure Blue Ink

U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun using a new secure blue ink for many of its secure stamps. The older secure red ink was retired and is no longer used by USCIS.  You will now see the following list of stamps with secure blue ink: Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Parole Stamp […]

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Hotel Chain Gets Whopper Fine After I-9 Audit: $2 Million!

Salt Lake City-based Grand America Hotels and Resorts will forfeit nearly $2 million for hiring unauthorized workers, including illegal aliens, according to a non-prosecution agreement signed last week between the company, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The Sinclair Services Company subsidiary, […]

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Rodriguez Moves from OCR to USCIS

The man whose nomination to head the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Deparment of Labor (DOL) was withdrawn by President Obama under pressure from Republicans is now headed to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to oversee the nation's immigration policies. Leon Rodriguez has been sworn in as the director of U.S. Citizenship […]

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USCIS Issues I-9 Employee Information Sheet

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a new Form I-9 Empoyee Information Sheet to answer frequent employee questions about the form, along with tips on filling out Section One. The sheet is available in both Spanish and English at I-9 Central.

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USCIS Issues New Manuals for E-Verify

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued new manuals for its E-Verify system of online employment eligibility verification. The agency has tailored the guides to differing groups of users: employers, employer agents and web services. Employer agents are third parties who do E-Verify employment eligibility checking for employers, and web services are […]

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