The Immigration Law Group at Epstein Becker Green released a Special Immigration Alert that will be of interest to our readers.

Topics include:

  1. President Trump Issues Revised Executive Order on Travel
  2. USCIS Suspends Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Starting April 3, 2017: All H-1B Petitions, Including H-1B Cap Petitions, Are Affected!
  3. Use of New Form I-9 Is Now Mandatory
  4. IRS Announces That Delinquent Taxpayers Face Revocation/Denial of U.S. Passports
  5. DHS Issues Two New Memos on Enforcement/Border Security

Read the full alert here.

By: Robert S. Groban, Jr.

Excerpt from EBG April 2013 Immigration Alert:

On March 8, 2013, the USCIS published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that it had recently revised the Employment Eligibility Verification form (“Form I-9”), and that employers must start using this new form by May 7, 2013.  Employers using prior versions of the Form I-9 on or after May 8, 2013, will violate the law and be subject to worksite enforcement fines and other penalties.

Click here to read the full Immigration Alert.

Written by: Robert S. Groban Jr.

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel (“OSC”) was established by Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (“IRCA”). The OSC investigates and prosecutes employers for discriminating against workers based on national origin, citizenship status, and document abuse. Liability can attach when an employer acts too zealously in satisfying its Form I-9 obligations, such as asking foreign-looking applicants for more or different documents than it seeks from “American” workers or instructing employment applicants on which documents to provide for Form I-9 verification. Given the recent increase in Form I-9 audits by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”), employers understandably have been too eager to satisfy their legal obligations and inadvertently crossed the line into prohibited discrimination under the IRCA. Proper training of all involved in the Form I-9 process can help organizations navigate the treacherous waters that IRCA established between the Scylla of its worksite enforcement requirements and the Charybdis of its anti-discrimination provisions.

To read EBG’s Immigration report in its entirety, click here.