New I-9 form effective April 3; H-1B visa deadline

March 20, 2009 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

Two important deadlines are approaching for HR. On April 3, employers must start using the new I-9 form. Initially the change was set to happen in February, but the Obama administration delayed it and other unimplemented regulations to allow time for further agency review.

April 1 marks the beginning of the annual race for the H-1B visa lottery. In past years, the USCIS has gotten significantly more requests than it has H-1B visas to allow. Employers who want to apply for the visas must submit their requests on April 1 to have a chance at the lottery.

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New I-9 Form Delayed for 60 Days

February 02, 2009 - by: HR Hero 5 COMMENTS

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced a 60-day delay in implementing the new Form I-9 for employment eligibility verification for new hires.

The new I-9 forms were to take effect February 2, but a seemingly last-minute decision was made on January 30 to delay implementation of the I-9 forms and their accompanying rules. The delay comes in response to a January memorandum from President Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. In that memorandum, Emanuel directed all federal agencies to put a freeze on certain unimplemented federal regulations, recommending that these regulations be subject to a 60-day hold for further agency consideration.

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