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Employers must undergo balancing act during implementation period

Nearly five million undocumented immigrants residing in the United States would be eligible for work authorization under an executive action announced by President Barack Obama.

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November 24, 2014
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Council for Global Immigration recommended that proposed revisions to the E-Verify Self-Check program incorporate dynamic, multidimensional, knowledge-based authentication technology to safeguard against identity theft.
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April 8, 2014

On January 28, President Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union Address from the Capitol. The SHRM Government Affairs team and the Council for Global Immigration hosted a live Twitter chat to engage HR professionals in a conversation about the President's legislative agenda and HR public policy issues in the current Congress.  

January 29, 2014
Employers seeking high-skilled foreign talent must start identifying those who need sponsorship for new H-1B visa petitions now, well ahead of the April 1, 2014, start of the filing season. 
On April 1 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept cap-subject H-1B petitions for fiscal year (FY) 2015 for workers starting work on Oct. 1, 2014.
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January 21, 2014

Employers need access to top talent globally, and they devote significant resources to managing employee immigration, but they still face a variety of obstacles that inhibit their ability to hire skilled professionals in a timely manner, according to a new survey report.

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October 9, 2013

Though they are much less frequently used than H-1B visas, and in spite of calls by employers to make visas more readily available, the Department of Homeland Security recommended curtailing availability of L-1 visas in an August 2013 report.

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September 16, 2013

The rules on employers prepopulating or filling out any part of Section 1 of Form I-9 before employees have completed it have generated a fair amount of confusion recently because Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials have, at times, made contradictory statements.

Adding to the muddle, the regulations and published agency guidance itself are not 100 percent clear on the issue of prepopulating Section 1.

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September 12, 2013

India Outsourcing Service Changed in the United States

Indian consulates in the U.S. awarded a new contract to BLS International Services Limited to provide visa and other immigration services to U.S. residents, since July 1, 2013.

The previous provider, Travisa Outsourcing, ended its services on June 28, 2013.

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August 5, 2013

Immigration reform is fully under way as the “Gang of Eight," a group of Republican and Democratic senators, introduced its bi-partisan immigration reform bill on April 18. Human resources professionals around the country are paying close attention as passage of the bill could profoundly affect their internal processes and overall talent management strategies.  

April 22, 2013

As the federal government has shifted the focus of worksite enforcement from unauthorized workers to the employers who hire them, there has been a steady uptick in government investigations, resulting in increased civil penalties, as well as criminal prosecutions of company executives, owners and managers. Yet employers who take the extra step of requiring additional documentation to verify a worker's legal status could face a different set of legal problems.

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April 11, 2013

The consensus between business and labor—deeply divided for years over what to do about low-skilled temporary workers—will be crucial to the success of any comprehensive immigration reform, stakeholders agreed.

The often adversarial AFL-CIO and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently announced “shared principles” outlining certain areas of agreement on critical issues, such as redefining what constitutes a guest worker and revamping the method to determine how many guest workers should be allowed into the country.

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March 28, 2013

Employer representatives have testified before a congressional panel that they support the expansion of the federal government’s E-Verify electronic employment verification system, which experts agree will be a central piece of comprehensive immigration reform.

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March 21, 2013

The number of I-9 audits multiplied over the past decade, rising from almost none—just three in 2004—to 500 in 2008 and 3,004 in 2012.

Employers should pay attention accordingly, as the fines for substantive and procedural violations of the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) can add up quickly, Daniel Brown, an attorney with Fragomen in Washington, D.C., said on March 12, 2013, at the Society for Human Resource Management’s 2013 Employment Law & Legislative Conference.


For knowing violations, IRCA penalties range from:

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March 20, 2013

Immigration reform, the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and legislation calling for the raising of the minimum wage are some of the pressing public-policy issues HR professionals should be keeping track of in 2013, said Michael P. Aitken, pictured above, vice president of government affairs for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

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March 13, 2013

Employers wishing to sponsor a first-time H-1B worker should soon begin the petition process. April 1, 2013, is the first day U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept H-1B cap-subject petitions for next year’s allotment of visas for foreign national professionals.

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March 7, 2013

The number of employment-related immigration bills that state legislatures enacted in 2012 declined from 2011, according to a report the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) released Jan. 29, 2013.

In 2012 Immigration-Related Laws and Resolutions in the States, the NCSL said states put immigration “on the back burner” while focusing on budget deficits and redistricting. In addition, the NCSL said, states “hit the pause button” because they were awaiting the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Arizona v. United States, 132 S. Ct. 2492 (2012).

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February 26, 2013

While the framework for a comprehensive overhaul to the nation’s immigration laws has captured the attention of lawmakers, the media and the public, the federal agencies charged with administering the current immigration system are keeping busy in 2013 implementing employment-based regulations and programs.

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February 11, 2013

In the dysfunctional world that has become the nation’s capital, something as rare as a unicorn racing across the National Mall has appeared—lawmakers on both sides of the aisle calling for agreement on comprehensive immigration reform.

On Jan. 28, 2013, a bipartisan group of eight senators announced the framework of their legislative direction with four pillars:

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February 4, 2013

A number of bills introduced in the 112th Congress that did not result in legislation likely will be re-introduced in the 113th Congress, beginning in January. Following are a few that we may see again.

Employment Non-Discrimination Act

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January 9, 2013


The Form I-9 is on the verge of the first substantive change in 25 years, according to Mary Pivec, an immigration attorney with Williams Mullen in Washington, D.C., but its release date is a topic of some debate.

Kevin Lashus, an immigration attorney with Jackson Lewis in Austin, Texas, told SHRM Online that he is “guessing that the form will be finalized by the end of the calendar year and will be released for use at the beginning of January 2013.”

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October 8, 2012