Monthly Archives: June 2011

How to be I-9 Compliant

In June, the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a strategic plan for work site enforcement through fiscal year 2014. One of the key initiatives of the plan is enforcement of U.S. immigration-related employment laws, in … Continue reading

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South Carolina Joins Rest of the States in Making E-Verify Mandatory

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has been handed a new bill that makes E-Verify mandatory in the state. This bill follows action taken by Georgia, Alabama and in a small measure North Carolina to tackle illegal immigration in their states. … Continue reading

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ICE intensifies crackdown by issuing I-9 notices

Last week saw Obama administration issuing more than 1000 I-9 audit notices in an effort to monitor I-9 compliance deficiency and track employers who harbor illegal immigrants in their workforce. This move can be seen as a step to intensify … Continue reading

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RIDE launched by USCIS

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today launched Records and Information from DMVs for E-Verify (RIDE), a new feature which allows USCIS’s E-Verify program to validate the authenticity of Mississippi driver’s licenses used by employees as Form I-9 identity documents. … Continue reading

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SAVE Act re-introduced by Rep. Heath Shuler

Rep. Heath Shuler has reintroduced legislation that would mandate use of E-Verify nationwide, strengthen border security and improve enforcement of immigration law. The SAVE Act takes a three-pronged approach to combat illegal immigration through increased border security, mandatory worker verification, … Continue reading

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Alabama passes the toughest immigration law so far

This week saw Alabama governor Robert Bentley sign one of the toughest immigration laws in the country. The 72-page legislation known as HB 56 also touches on issues as diverse as contract law and voter registration. It makes Alabama the … Continue reading

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18-Month Extension and Re-designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced the re-designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and extended the country’s current TPS designation for 18 months—through Jan. 22, 2013. Secretary Napolitano first announced that she was designating Haiti for TPS on … Continue reading

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H-2A Optional Checklist and Questions & Answers in Light of USCIS’s Implementation of VIBE

Due to the time-sensitive nature of agricultural work, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) expedites all H-2A “temporary or seasonal agricultural worker” petitions. However, some recent H-2A petitions have experienced unexpected delays due to Requests for Evidence (RFEs) resulting from … Continue reading

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