On May 10, 2017, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Verification and Document Liaison Committee met with USCIS’ Verification Division, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Employee Rights (IER) to respond to questions, provide updates, and address follow-up items.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced it will be suspending the premium processing for petitions of H-1B visas, a decision that threatens to slow the hiring of foreign talent for some organizations.
Despite the large fines levied against employers for breaches of the INA's discrimination provision, the Department of Justice continues to settle with companies for these violations. One agency recently released guidance to help employers comply with the INA better.
The Justice Department and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the United Mexican States recently came to an agreement in an effort to mitigate instances of discrimination in the hiring process.
The Department of Justice has paid particular attention to citizenship discrimination in recent years, and such cases have yielded a number of large fines as evidence of the agency's efforts. Now the DOJ is expanding its efforts to crack down on Immigration and Nationality Act violations by increasing the number of languages it accepts complaints in.
Employers may continue using the current version of Form I-9 with a revision date of 03/08/2013 N until Jan. 21, 2017. After Jan. 21, 2017, all previous versions of Form I-9 will be invalid. To ensure compliance with USCIS, Stay tuned to I-9 Advantage to ensure you receive the latest news on the revised Form I-9