State Requirements

States Adding Their Own Employment Verification Requirements A recent trend in the immigration practice has been states (and some times even municipalities) adding their own requirements for employment verification, in addition to the Form I-9 required by federal regulations. Most notable is Colorado, which now requires that employers complete an ...Read More

New I-9

NEW FORM I-9 and HANDBOOK RELEASED USCIS has released a new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, as well as the M-274, Handbook for Employers, Instructions for Completing the Form I-9. The form and handbook are available on the USCIS website: www.uscis.gov.  While the content of ...Read More

F-1 OPT & CAP GAP

STUDENT/H-1B UPDATE - APRIL 2008: USCIS ISSUES EXTENSION OF OPT TIME FOR SPECIFIC CLASSES OF STUDENTS AND 'CAP GAP' RELIEF USCIS issued an Interim Final Rule on April 8, 2008, introducing "cap gap" relief to those foreign students holding F-1 visa status and optional practical training expiring this summer who submitted ...Read More

New I-9 Penalties

The Department of Homeland Security has announced higher monetary penalties against businesses that knowingly hire illegal immigrants, the first increase in such fines in nearly a decade.  Under the plan, which becomes effective March 27, the minimum penalty for willingly hiring an unauthorized worker would go from $275 to $375. The maximum penalty ...Read More

ESTA

"ESTA" NOW REQUIRED FOR VISA WAIVER APPLICANTS DHS now requires an online visitor visa applications for individuals wishing to enter the United States under the Visa Waiver Program.  This new online application, known as the "Electronic System for Travel Authorization" ("ESTA"), provides for the issuance of a two ...Read More

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