E-Verify COVID-19 Accommodation: New Temporary Rule for I-9 Compliance

By: Elizabeth Coonan | 05.02.2020

  On May 1, 2020, the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that expiring list B documents used for the purpose of validating an employee’s eligibility to work in the United States may be treated as if the employee provided a valid receipt for the document for I-9 purposes. DHS reasoned that, “Because many Read…

COVID-19 Update: Presidential Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants

By: Caitlin Klingenberg | 04.23.2020

  Summary The highly anticipated Presidential Proclamation which suspends entry of certain immigrants during the economic recovery period of COVID-19 has been signed and will be effective at 11:59 pm today, April 23, 2020. In short, the suspension affects a limited group of foreign nationals – those who are outside the United States and without Read…

H-1B Lottery Concluded – Petitions May Be Filed Beginning April 1

By: Caitlin Klingenberg | 04.03.2020

  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced earlier this week that the H-1B electronic registration process and the FY2021 lottery has concluded. Employers are now eligible to file a FY2021 H-1B cap-subject petition — provided they electronically registered the beneficiary in the H-1B registration process, and the registration was selected in the lottery.  The Read…

Homeland Security’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: E-Verify and Form I-9 Temporary Policies

By: Elizabeth Coonan | 03.25.2020

  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has implemented several changes to the Form I-9 and E-Verify programs to alleviate concerns and burdens for employers. Form I-9 Policies As employers are likely aware, Form I-9, which provides verification of work authorization for employees, possesses the requirement that the employer be Read…

COVID-19 Immigration Q&A for Employers

By: Elizabeth Coonan |

  What impact does “work-from-home” and “social distancing” have on my foreign labor force? Many non-immigrant visas (H-1B, L-1, TN, O, P, R, etc.) are tied to particular work-sites and activities performed at specific locations. Employers that are asking their employees to work from home may need to file new Labor Condition Applications (LCAs) or Read…