Interesting Immigration News Tidbits
Thomas Gard, a manager of Hallmark Industrial Services Inc., pled guilty in federal district court in August 2013 to harboring 42 undocumented workers, who were engaged in cleanup work on an oil spill in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Previously, the owner of Hallmark Industrial, Philip Hallmark, had pleaded guilty to similar crimes. According...
The Latest News on E-Verify
What is E-Verify?
is a free service provided by the U.S government for designated agents and employers to access U.S. employment-eligibility records via the Internet. E-Verify evolved in 2006 from the Basic Pilot Program established by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the former Immigration and Naturalization Ser...
Update on USCIS Processing Times
We would like to update our clients on current processing times for the various USCIS processing centers.
H-1B: 2 months
L: 1 month
ID Requirements for Public Schools in New York
In 1982, the Supreme Court ruled that in the United States, any individuals including illegal immigrants are secured with the right of free education from elementary to higher education (secured in the U.S. constitution). However, some public schools in New York demanded students and their guardians to submit documents to prove their...
On May 29, 2015, Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, announced that the U.S. is intending to enter negotiations to establish preclearance operations at 10 airports in 9 new countries, including Japan, Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. If negotiations are s...
CBP new data collection
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that they will begin testing a new way to collect biometric data of foreign national travelers using a handheld mobile device. CBP officers will be stationed near loading bridges of selected flights departing the U.S. to scan travelers’ fingerprints and passports. This data wil...
Social Security Number Card
Effective September 9, 2015, there will be revisions in he Social Security Administration’s (SSA) regulations to allow applicants for a Social Security Number (SSN) card to apply for an SSN by completing the required application and submitting required evidence. Specifically, these revisions will allow applicants more flexible ways...
Delays in Processing Times for USCIS
Currently, it appears that United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is experiencing delays in processing times for nonimmigrant visa applications. According to processing time reports as of August 31, 2015, H-1B applications filed at the Vermont Service Center should be taking 4 to 5 months for both Change of Status...
ICE Releases Worksite Enforcement FY 2014 Annual Report
ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) released the Worksite Enforcement FY2014 Annual Report that includes information on worksite enforcement investigations, criminal and administrative employee and employer arrests, and the fines assessed and collected each fiscal year.
ICE uses its legal authorities to investigate cri...
Form I-9: Useful Information on the basics of I-9 completion and employer obligations
When a U.S. citizen or noncitizen is hired by a U.S. employer for employment in the United States, both the employee and employer must fill out Form I-9, which is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals. Form I-9 is available on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)...