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Bollman Firm to Offer I-9 Training Webinars on New Form I-9

October 07, 2016
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A new version of the Form I-9 will be released on November 22, 2016 and become mandatory on January 22, 2016. Patricia A. Bollman will deliver a 90 minute Power Point presentation designed to train Human Resource and Personnel departments on how to complete the new version of the Form I-9. Webinars will be held on: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. CT, or Wednesday, December 14, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. CT, or Thursday, January 12, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. CT.

ICE Issues FY 2014 Worksite Enforcement Annual Report

December 14, 2015
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) has issued its Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2014 on its worksite enforcement efforts as required by federal law. Current worksite enforcement strategies are the result of guidance issued in April, 2009 by the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) Secretary which stated that ICE resources would focus on the worksite enforcement program by performing criminal investigations and prosecuting employers who knowingly hired unauthorized workers as a means of targeting one of the root causes of illegal immigration.

USCIS Proposes Changes To The Form I-9

December 09, 2015
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On November 24, 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) published a notice in the Federal Register to inform the public of proposed changes to the Form I-9. The notice allows the public a 60 day period to comment on the proposed changes. After the 60-day period ends, USCIS may make changes to the form based on comments received and will publish a second notice in the Federal Register. The public will have an additional 30 days to provide comments on proposed changes.

Travel Group Thanks White House for Visa Waiver Remark Fix

December 08, 2015
The head of the U.S. Travel Association thanked the White House on Monday for correcting the President’s mistake when he stated that one of the San Bernardino shooters entered the U.S. through the Visa Waiver Program (“VWP”). The U.S. Travel Association stated that while the travel community supports examining the program for improvements, it should not be “unduly undermined”.

Elimination of Visa Page Inserts for U.S. Passports

December 07, 2015
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The U.S. Department of State (“”DOS”) will no longer add visa pages into U.S. passports beginning January 1, 2016. Previously, U.S. passport holders had the option to pay for the insertion of additional 24 page visa inserts when valid passports lacked adequate space for entry or exit visa stamps. The decision to discontinue this service was made to enhance the security of the passport and to abide by international passport standards.

DOJ Settles Discrimination Claim with Florida Landscaping Company

December 03, 2015
The Office of Special Counsel with the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) settled with Sunny Grove Landscaping & Nursery Inc., after finding that it discriminated against lawful permanent residents by requiring them to produce permanent resident cards to prove work authorization. As part of its Settlement Agreement with the DOJ, Sunny Grove will pay $7,500 in civil penalties and undergo anti-discrimination training.

Fiscal Year 2017 H-1B Quota Expected to Fill Quickly

December 02, 2015
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Employers who want to file for a Fiscal Year 2017 H-1B visa need to be aware that it is anticipated that the quota will fill quickly this year. The earliest effective date for a FY 2017 H-1B is October 1, 2016, which is the first day of the U.S. government’s new fiscal year. Employers may begin filing for FY 2017 H-1B visas as early as April 1, 2016. There are 65,000 H-1B visas available and an additional 20,000 visas for beneficiaries who have obtained a Masters Degree or higher at a U.S. institution of higher education.

Delays in Regular Processing for O and P Petitions

December 01, 2015
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Immigration Practitioners have been advised that O and P petitions are currently taking longer to be processed than the posted processing time frames. Although USCIS posts that the regular processing time for O and P petitions is two weeks, in practice, regular processing at both VSC and CSC Service Centers is currently taking approximately eight to ten weeks, not including additional processing time if an RFE is issued.

DOJ Settles with McDonalds to Resolve Allegations of Immigrant Discrimination

November 30, 2015
On November 19, 2015, the Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel entered into a Settlement Agreement with McDonald’s after McDonald’s, as part of its Form I-9 process, required Lawful Permanent Residents to show new green cards when the original document expired. Under the agreement, McDonald’s will pay $355,000 in civil penalties, undergo 20 months of monitoring, and train employees on INA anti-discrimination provisions.

USCIS Announces Addition of 16 Countries Eligible to Participate in the H2A and H2B Visa Programs

November 19, 2015
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USCIS and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of State, have added Andorra, Belgium, Brunei, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, San Marino, Singapore, Taiwan, and Timor-Leste to the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H2A and H2B Visa programs for the coming year. The notice listing the eligible countries published on Nov. 18, 2015 in the Federal Register.

Welcome To Our New Blog!

November 19, 2015
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As part of our new website, we are excited to welcome you to our Blog page. We will use this page as a way to provide you with information on current changes, updates and events in Immigration and Nationality Law. This forum allows us to provide you with news as it happens and to cover a broad range of topics. We hope you will check back often to see what articles are of interest to you.

As always, if you have any specific questions or concerns regarding a particular case or immigration issue, please contact us directly and we would be happy to help you.