Bender’s Immigration Bulletin – April 15, 2011

Bender’s Immigration Bulletin – April 15, 2011

DHS Launches E-Verify Self Check

Job seekers can now verify their own employment eligibility before applying for a job in five states and the District of Columbia through the newly launched E-Verify Self Check program.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas announced the program on March 21. The self check is initially open to workers who maintain an address and are physically located in Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Mississippi, Virginia, or the District of Columbia. This is the first time that E-Verify has been offered directly to workers. It gives the users the opportunity to submit corrections of any inaccuracies in the DHS or Social Security Administration records before applying for a job.

There are four steps in the E-Verify Self Check process:

   The user enters identifying information online (name, date of birth, address)

   The user confirms his or her identity by answering demographic and/or financial questions generated by a third-party identity-assurance service

   The user enters work-eligibility information such as a Social Security number and, depending on citizenship status, an Alien Registration number

   E-Verify Self Check checks the user’s information against relevant SSA and DHS databases and returns information on eligibility

USCIS expects to expand the program to all fifty states within twelve months.

BITS AND PIECES

USCIS USCIS announced it will start accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year 2012 cap on April 1, 2011. The cap remains set at 65,000. The first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of individuals with U.S. master’s degrees or higher are exempt. Petitions filed on behalf of beneficiaries who will work only in Guam or the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands are exempt from the cap until December 31, 2014. Employers may continue to file petitions for these cap-exempt H-1B categories for beneficiaries who will start work during FY 2011 or 2012.

EOIR The EOIR announced the investiture of three immigration judges, two of whom will serve as assistant chief judges and one of who will join the immigration judge corps in Boston. Attorney General Eric Holder appointed Steven F. Day (Boston Immigration Court) and Edward F. Kelly and Deepali Nadkarni (both Assistant Chief Immigration Judge) to their new positions. Biographical information on all three new judges is available at http://www.justice.gov/eoir/.

[This is an excerpt from the April 15, 2011, issue of Bender’s Immigration Bulletin.]

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