Georgia employers face July 1 E-Verify mandate

by Geetha Adinata

Yet another domino has fallen in the changing landscape of Georgia immigration law. Beginning today, all Georgia employers with more than 10 employees (as of January 1, 2013) must use the federal E-Verify system to ensure employees are authorized to work in the United States. E-Verify checks employees’ work authorization through Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) databases.

An E-Verify requirement was included in Georgia’s 2011 Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act, also known as HB 87. But another bill, SB 160, was signed into law this spring by Governor Nathan Deal and expanded the 2011 law. So as of today, all private employers with more than 10 employees and any public contractor that wishes to bid on state contracts must use E-Verify.

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Senate immigration vote means employers need to stay tuned

June 28, 2013 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

The Senate’s passage of an immigration reform bill gives employers much to think about, but it’s hardly the last word on the issue. The House has been considering immigration measures of its own and is expected to tackle reform in a completely different way after the July 4 holiday.

The Senate passed a comprehensive reform bill on June 27 that calls for significant changes on the employment front as well as increased border security and a 13-year path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants. The Senate passed the measure, S. 744, by a vote of 68-32. Fourteen Republicans joined all 52 Democrats and two Independents in voting for the bill.

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H-1B visa cap met in first week

April 10, 2013 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it reached the statutory H-1B visa cap of 65,000 for fiscal year 2014 during the first week of the filing period. This is the first time since 2008 that the cap has been met during the first week.

The H-1B program allows U.S. businesses to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations requiring theoretical or technical expertise (e.g., scientists, engineers, and computer programmers).

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H-1B visa deadline looms

by Elaine Young

Employers wanting to hire foreign workers through the H-1B visa program need to be ready to file petitions with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on April 1. U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialized fields. The first possible start date for most H-1B employees is the first day of the federal fiscal year, October 1. Therefore, petitions submitted on April 1, 2013, will apply to the 2014 federal fiscal year, which begins October 1, 2013.

Here’s an overview of what to consider before April 1 and some information about how the H-1B process may change in the future.

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USCIS issues revised Form I-9

March 08, 2013 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a revised Form I-9, and employers should begin using it right away.

The new form went into effect today. The revision date of the form is printed in the lower left corner. Employers are encouraged to begin using the new form now, but forms dated February 2, 2009, and August 7, 2009, will be accepted until the effective date of the revised form—May 7, 2013.

All employers are required to complete a Form I-9 for each employee hired in the United States. The purpose of the form is to verify employees’ identity and employment authorization. Employers shouldn’t complete the revised Form I-9 for current employees if a properly completed form is already on file.

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January 1 marks major deadline for North Carolina E-Verify law

by Richard L. Rainey

North Carolina’s law requiring employers and local governments to use the federal E-Verify system when hiring new employees is taking effect in phases. January 1 is the next effective date.

The requirement to use E-Verify begins January 1 for employers with at least 100 but fewer than 500 employees in North Carolina. For employers with at least 25 but fewer than 100 employees in North Carolina, the requirement will start on July 1. Employers with 500 or more North Carolina employees had to begin using the system on October 1, 2012.

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Comments Sought on Proposed Changes to Form I-9

March 29, 2012 - by: HR Hero Alerts 1 COMMENTS

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is inviting public comment on proposed revisions to Form I-9, the form all U.S. employers are required to keep on employees to document that they are eligible to work in the United States. Comments will be accepted until May 29.

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Categories: Immigration / USCIS

2013 H-1B Petitions to Be Accepted Beginning April 2

March 29, 2012 - by: HR Hero Alerts 0 COMMENTS

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B visa petitions for fiscal year 2013 on Monday, April 2.

Petitions for the visas, which allow nonimmigrant specialists to temporarily work in the United States, will be considered accepted on the date USCIS takes possession of a properly filed petition with the correct fee. The agency advises that it won’t rely on the date the petition is postmarked.

As in past years, the congressionally mandated cap on H-1B visas is 65,000. Employers seeking H-1B status for nonimmigrant employees are accustomed to the cap being exceeded in just a few days, although the recession slowed demand for H-1B workers to the point that it took from April to November 22, 2011, for the cap to be met for fiscal year 2012 petitions, and the 2011 cap was never reached.

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Categories: Immigration / USCIS

Supreme Court to Review Arizona’s Divisive Immigration Law

December 13, 2011 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

by Chris McFadden

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear arguments in Arizona v. United States, the lawsuit concerning the constitutionality of the state’s controversial immigration enforcement measure S.B. 1070. The bill originally was scheduled to become law in June 2010. However, shortly before it went into operation, the U.S. District Court for Arizona issued an injunction preventing four key parts of the measure from taking effect. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that ruling, and the following provisions of the law have remained stalled since:

  • Undocumented workers may not apply for or perform work;
  • When applicable, individuals must carry “alien-registration papers”;
  • Police officers must make a reasonable attempt to determine the immigration status of stopped individuals when they suspect that they are in the United States illegally;
  • Police may make warrantless arrests of individuals when they believe they have committed offenses that could lead to their removal from the United States.

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Parts of Alabama Immigration Law Blocked — At Least Temporarily

Alabama employers may see some relief in a federal judge’s opinion on the state’s tough new immigration law even though most of the law was allowed to stand.

Chief U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn ruled on September 28 that key parts of House Bill 56, which was signed into law June 9, can take effect. But she blocked enforcement of Sections 11(a), 13, 16, and 17.

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