DOJ Sues California Firm For Requiring Document Not on I-9 Required List

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and its Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices is suing a California medical services firm, alleging a pattern of requiring job applicants to provide forms not required for Form I-9 work eligibility status. The suit springs from a February 2010 incident in which the company rejected a […]

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USCIS Expands E-Verify to 16 Additional States

The online E-Verify Self-Check program offered by the United States Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) has been expanded to 16 more states. Self-Check is open to individuals to verify that government databases contain the correct documentation to authorize them to work in the United States. The new states are California, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, […]

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USCIS Launches I-9 Central Online Resource

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has launched I-9 Central, a new online resource center dedicated to the most frequently accessed form on USCIS.gov: Form I-9, Employee Eligibility Verification. The free Web site builds on recent employment-related enhancements by providing employers and employees simple one-click access to resources, tips and guidance to properly complete Form […]

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Social Security Administration Resumes Sending No-Match Letters

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has resumed its practice of sending no-match letters to notify employers when any of their employees' submitted Social Security numbers do not correspond to a valid number on record. The SSA temporarily stopped issuing the letters in 2009 when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), under pressure from both unions […]

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DHS to Publish Form I-9 Final Rule Tomorrow

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is poised to publish its final rule concerning documents acceptable to verify employment eligibility on the federal Form I-9, which is used to establish a person's legal right to work in the United States. The final rule, which will be published tomorrow (April 15) in the Federal Register, adopts […]

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USCIS Holds Forum on Possible Redesign of Form I-9

On Tuesday, February 23, 2011, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) held a meeting to discuss the use and design of its Form I-9, which is used to document a worker's right to work in the United States. The participants were challenged—at the outset—to envision how they would design the I-9 if they […]

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E-Verify Now Features Passport Photo Match Capabilities

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas yesterday (Nov. 10, 2010) announced the addition of a passport and passport card verification feature on the government’s online E-Verify employee eligibility system. “U.S. passport photo matching is another in the long line of enhancements we have made to improve the integrity of the E-Verify […]

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E-Verify Adds Photo Verification Option

Beginning this week, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) is expanding the photo matching portion of its E-Verify program to include U.S. passports and driver’s license data.   This change will be effective at the start of September and will give companies and organizations that use E-Verify the capability of comparing photos from […]

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USCIS Clarifies ‘Three-Day’ Rule for I-9 Verification

Employers have three business days after hiring someone to collect information and complete the I-9 employment eligibility verification form, whether on paper or using the E-Verify electronic system. This has long been known as the "three-day rule," but it has–according to a recent United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) statement–often been misinterpreted. According to […]

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ICE Deal Saves Managers from Doing Hard Time

Think that maintaining properly vetted I-9 forms on your employees isn’t that big a deal? The answer –it is a big deal–has been driven home forcefully to management at Columbia Farms in Columbia, S.C. After an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid in 2008 discovered hundreds of illegal immigrants working at the poultry plant, most […]

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