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Immigration compliance is everyone’s concern, yet too often companies do not prioritize it until something big or bad happens. Think about how you would react if Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrived at corporate headquarters or your office with a Notice of Inspection to review your forms I-9 within three days… The goal of this blog is to alert employers about issues surrounding employer compliance and flag issues they should be considering as they develop an overall immigration compliance program for their company. It should provide a resource and tool to discuss what steps can be taken to comply with federal and state immigration and employment laws.

The blog is intended to serve as a tool and resource for human resources professionals, general counsels and business owners to provide a better understanding of what is required by a company to comply with federal and state immigration laws as it relates to their workforce. It is meant to provide useful insights into developments and trends with respect to the Employment Eligibility Verification Form (form I-9), the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification program), state laws and related areas of the law.

Employers are again receiving “no-match letters” from the Social Security Administration (SSA) . No-match letters—called Employer Correction Requests—will be sent when SSA discovers a mismatch between information provided by employers for wage reporting purposes and SSA’s records. A “no-match” relates to employee names and social security numbers (SSNs). In March 2019 SSA began mailing notifications to...Continue Reading...
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reached the FY2020 H-1B visa cap. For FY2020, Congress mandated a regular cap of 65,000 H-1B visas, plus an additional 20,000 H-1B visas for those with advanced degrees from U.S. institutions of higher education (i.e., the master’s cap). Last Friday, USCIS announced that they reached the H-1B general visa...Continue Reading...
It is the equivalent of the NCAA March Madness for H-1B petitioners and beneficiaries. The fiscal year (FY) 2020 H-1B cap season is officially in full swing. Today, April 1st, is the first day U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is accepting H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2020 cap on April 1, 2019. Once an...Continue Reading...