Immigration Law

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ICE announces extension to I-9 compliance flexibility to July 31, 2023
Posted on 20 Oct 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Oct. 11, 2022 "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), today announced an extension of the Form I-9 flexibilities first announced in March 2020 and updated in March 2021. On February 18, 2022... Read More

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OCAHO Levies $183.6K Penalty for I-9 SNAFU
Posted on 13 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USA v. Maverick Construction, Apr. 21, 2022 "The Court orders Respondent to pay $183,600 in penalties for failing to prepare and/or present Forms I-9 for 136 employees, in violation of Section 274A(a)(1)(B) of the Act." Read More

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ICE Extends I-9 Compliance Flexibility (Apr. 25, 2022)
Posted on 26 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Apr. 25, 2022 "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), today announced an extension of the Form I-9 flexibilities first announced in March 2020 and updated in March 2021. On February 18, 2022... Read More

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New Form I-9 Guidance for T and U Visa Holders
Posted on 17 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Feb. 17, 2022 "The statuses of T and U nonimmigrants (victims of human trafficking and certain other crimes) are granted for up to four years and may be extended under certain circumstances. Family members of T and U nonimmigrants may also... Read More

Tags: M-274 , I-9

$1.5M Civil Penalties for I-9 Errors: U.S. v. R&SL Inc. (OCAHO)
Posted on 27 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

U.S. v. R&SL Inc. "Respondent is not liable for any violations in Count I or Count II. As to Count III, Respondent is liable for failure to ensure timely prepare and/or present Forms I-9 for 213 employees. As to Count IV, Respondent is liable... Read More

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Frozen Food Co. Pays $40K to Settle I-9 Bungle
Posted on 11 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, Jan. 10, 2022 - "The Department of Justice today announced that it has reached a settlement agreement with Buddy’s Kitchen Inc., a Minnesota-based company that produces and distributes frozen foods. The settlement resolves claims that... Read More

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ICE Extends I-9 Flexibility
Posted on 17 Dec 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Dec. 15, 2021 "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) today announced an extension of the flexibilities in rules related to Form I-9 compliance that was initially granted last year. Due to the continued precautions related to COVID... Read More

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A Slap on the I-9 Wrist for Microsoft?
Posted on 7 Dec 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

I-9s are not rocket science, yet software giant Microsoft did some Very Dumb Things, according to the DOJ 12-7-21 media release and settlement agreement . Read More

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Electronic I-9 Software Costs the Gap Over $73K in Penalties, Back Wages
Posted on 30 Nov 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, Nov. 29, 2021 "The settlement with Gap resolves claims that the company discriminated against certain non-U.S. citizens (including lawful permanent residents, refugees and asylees) and naturalized U.S. citizens because of their current or... Read More

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USCIS RPI: Remote Document Examination for Form I-9
Posted on 25 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 10/26/2021 "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking input from the public regarding document examination practices associated with the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility... Read More

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OCAHO Levies $136K Penalty for I-9 Violations
Posted on 3 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USA v. Psychosomatic Fitness "[T]he parties do not dispute that Respondents violated 8 U.S.C. § 1324a(1)(B). At issue before the Court is the appropriate penalty in this case. ... [T]he Court notes with concern that Respondents provided a... Read More

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DACA Form I-9 News (Jan. 4, 2021)
Posted on 5 Jan 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Jan. 4, 2021 - Completing Form I-9 for Employees with Extended Work Authorization under DACA "When completing Form I-9, employees may choose to present their unexpired Form I-766, Employment Authorization Document (EAD) with Category code... Read More

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Company Settles I-9 Beef with DOJ for Over $627K
Posted on 11 Nov 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Justice Department, Nov. 10, 2020 "The Justice Department announced today that it signed a settlement agreement with Fleetlogix Inc. (Fleetlogix) resolving claims that the company discriminated against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens by requiring... Read More

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USCIS Extends Form I-9 Flexibility
Posted on 20 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Aug. 19, 2020 "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced an extension of the flexibility in complying with requirements related to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification... Read More

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DHS Modifies I-9 Practices Due to COVID-19
Posted on 4 May 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, May 1, 2020 " COVID-19 Temporary Policy for List B Identity Documents Because many areas are under stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19 and some online renewal services have restrictions, employees may experience challenges renewing a state... Read More

Tags: COVID-19 , I-9 , USCIS