This is a reminder that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
Services (USCIS) released an updated version of Form I-9,
Employment Eligibility Verification. The new Form I-9, dated
11/14/2016, became mandatory on January 22, 2017, replacing the
version dated March 8, 2013. As you know, pursuant to federal
immigration law, employers must maintain a properly completed Form
I-9 for all employees hired in the U.S. after November 6, 1986.
Employers may access the new Form and its Instructions at:
most important change to the Form is that it can now be completed
electronically, which may decrease errors. However, if you use the
electronic Form I-9 on the government website, you must still print
it out and have it signed by both the employee and employer. The
Manual for Employers (M-274) is in the process of being updated,
but there are still no changes regarding I-9 Forms for remote
Immigration-Related Executive Orders
On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an Executive
Order that created substantial changes to the United States'
long-standing refugee policy and other certain immigration
benefits. It would also suspend the admission of individuals
"from" the following countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya,
Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 120 days. A subsequent
communication from the Department of Homeland Security clarified
that people who hold lawful permanent resident ("green
card") status will be readmitted to the U.S. even if they are
from one of the seven countries. That means that if you employ
someone in temporary status (e.g., H-1B, L-1, E-1/E/2, TN or O-1)
and they are from the listed countries, they would have trouble
reentering the U.S. if they were out of the country for business,
vacation, family matters and the like.
Several federal courts have issued rulings to stay the terms of
the Executive Order that would have barred the entry of foreign
nationals from these countries even with a valid visa or status as
a lawful permanent resident. After a district court judge in the
Western District of Washington issued a stay, putting a temporary
hold on enforcement of this ban, the Court of Appeals for the 9th
Circuit upheld the stay, so this Executive Order is not being
enforced as of this writing.
We advise clients that have employees who are nationals of the
seven affected countries who are on temporary visas to avoid
traveling internationally if possible, as another Executive Order
may be issued while they are abroad. However, lawful permanent
residents from the affected countries should be able to travel
abroad and safely return to the United States. They should expect
that it may take longer to clear Customs/Immigration when returning
to the United States. We will keep you updated with immigration law
changes that affect you and your employees.
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United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
announced today that the annual H-1B quota for both the regular
65,000 visa petition bachelor's degree cap and the 20,000 visa
petition U.S. master's degree cap has been met for Fiscal Year
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Beginning June 6, 2017, the Canada immigration department will award points under the comprehensive ranking system in two new areas including strong French language ability, and having a sibling in Canada.
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