The Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program authorizes the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, via its Fraud Detection and National Security Unit, to make unannounced site visits at employer worksites which sponsor foreign national employees' for H-1B or L-1 work visas. Read more.
E-Verify is a Web-based system that compares information from the Form I-9 to government records to confirm that an employee is authorized to work in the United States. For information on E-Verify, please visit: http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify
The new STEM OPT (Optional Practical Training) regulations took effect on May 10, 2016. Notable provisions include a new Training Plan, an increase of the total OPT period to 36 months for qualifying students and employers, new reporting requirements, new travel eligibility during the cap-gap period, and the potential for government site visits to ensure compliance with the program. Read more.
Employers who seek H-1B, H-1B1, L-l or O-1A classification on behalf of an employee or potential employee are required to answer the Export Control questions in Part 6 of Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Status. This is an extremely complex area of the law. Even if you feel that export regulations have no implication for your business, you need to at least familiarize yourself with the issue to determine what steps you will need to take before you can sign the I-129 Petition. Read more.
The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) established the I-9 Verification of Employment Record requirement. IRCA prohibits U.S. employers from hiring and employing workers in the United States with knowledge that a worker is unauthorized to work in the U.S. As of 1986, IRCA requires all U.S. employers to verify identity and employment authorization on Form I-9 for all employees. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, USCIS I-9 Central provides an I-9 Webinar which addresses several basic questions about the I-9 form, including record retention requirements. For detailed instructions on how to complete Sections One, Two, and Three of Form I-9, please refer to the below videos provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).