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Employers Should Continue Using Current Form I-9 to Verify Employment Eligibility

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that employers should continue using the version of Form I-9 currently available on the USCIS website (dated 08/07/09) for purposes of verifying employment eligibility even…
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New H-1B Filings Begin April 2

April 2 through 6, 2012, is the initial filing window for new H-1B petitions to be filed against the USCIS FY2013 H-1B quota if the H-1B quota availability is immediately exhausted. Employers should determine as soon as possible whether they have any…
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Current H-1B Cap Count for Fiscal Year 2012

As of October 14, 2011, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reported that only approximately 21,700 of the regular 65,000 H-1B visas for Fiscal Year 2012 remain available. The quota provides for 65,000 H-1B visas and 20,000 additional H…
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Diversity Lottery 2013 Opens

The U.S. Department of State opens entries for the Diversity Lottery 2013 beginning October 4, 2011 at noon EDT, and ending November 5, 2011, at noon EDT.
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Diversity Lottery 2012 Opens; H-1B Cap Update

The U.S. Department of State opened entries for the Diversity Lottery 2012 (DV-2012) beginning October 5, 2010 at noon EDT, and ending November 3, 2010, at noon EDT. Please note that this is a shorter entry period than in previous years.
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E-Verify Tutorial Alert

Alert: Completion of a new tutorial is required in order to continue using E-verify after a redesign is released on Sunday, June 13, 2010.
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Change in Law Regarding Employer Mandated Meetings

Effective January 1, 2010, Oregon law gives employees the right to opt out of certain employer mandated meetings and requires employers (regardless of the size) to post a communication in the workplace regarding that right.
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The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) Took Effect on

GINA prohibits discrimination by employers (and health insurers) on the basis of genetic information."Genetic information" is defined broadly to include, among other things, information about "the manifestation of a disease or disorder in family…
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Diversity Lottery 2011 Opens

The U.S. Department of State opens entries for the Diversity Lottery 2011 (DV-2011) beginning October 2, 2009 at noon EDT, and ending November 30, 2009, at noon EST.
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Federal Contractors Are Required to Use E-Verify for Many Federal Contracts Awarded On or After September 8, 2009

Companies who receive federal contracts on or after September 8, 2009, must use the government E-Verify system to confirm their employees' eligibility to work in the United States if the federal contract includes the Federal Acquisition Regulation E…
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U.S. Department of Labor Sending Questionnaires to Certain H-1B Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has begun sending detailed questionnaires to H-1B workers who are current or former employees of companies DOL is investigating. Please note that DOL states in the questionnaire that the H-1B worker is not required…
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ICE Form I-9 Audit Initiative: Are Employers Prepared?; H-1B Numbers Remain Available

On July 1, 2009, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") issued a news release announcing that it is launching "a bold, new [Form I-9] audit initiative" and has issued 652 Notices of Inspection (NOIs) to employers nationwide.
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New LCA System Required by U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has activated a new online system for the filing and certification of Labor Condition Applications (LCAs). The system is referred to as the "iCert Portal" and will be required as of May 15, 2009.
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FY 2010 H-1B Numbers Remain Available

The USCIS has confirmed as of April 9 that approximately 23,000 of the 65,000 H-1B visas from the FY2010 quota remain available following the April 1 opening for filings.
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Recovery Act Model COBRA Notices Now Available

The Department of Labor has now posted model notices and corresponding instructions in their web site.
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The IRS and Department of Labor post forms, facts, and clarifications of changes to COBRA as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Last week, we notified you of the substantial changes to COBRA resulting from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the "Recovery Act").
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New H-1B Filings -- April 1 Deadline

April 1, 2009 is the filing deadline for new H-1B petitions to be made under the USCIS H-1B quota (assuming, as in the past, that H-1B quota availability will be immediately exhausted). USCIS may soon announce a longer filing window, as it did last…
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Very Important Update to January 26 Immigration Update

The USCIS announced today that implementation of the new Form I-9 has been delayed for 60 days. The February 2 effective date is now superseded. All U.S. employers should continue to use the current version of Form I-9 until April 3, 2009.
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New Form I-9 Becomes Effective Monday, February 2, 2009

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing a new Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification), which becomes effective on Monday, February 2, 2009.
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Visa Waiver Travel and TN Status Updates

On November 17, 2008, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that seven additional countries have been added to the Visa Waiver Program.
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