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January 24, 2017 1:44 PM | Posted by Maria Mejia-Opaciuch | Permalink

Beginning January 22, employers must only use the new I-9 Form dated November 14, 2016, which replaces the form dated March 8, 2013. The new I-9 Form is located on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service website at and has a new expiration date of August 31, 2019. Failure to use the new form may result in the assessment of penalties. The I-9 Form has been required for all new hires after November 6, 1986.

The new form, which has “smart” error-checking features, is simpler to use. Its enhancements streamline certification for certain foreign nationals. The most prominent changes are:

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November 18, 2016 3:56 PM | Posted by Maria Mejia-Opaciuch | Permalink
More than 10 days have passed since the election results were revealed, and the United States now has a businessman as its president-elect ready to take office on January 20, 2017. However, despite his business background, it appears that the Trump administration will be equally hard on legal business immigration as on illegal immigration. President-elect Trump’s campaign speeches and his position paper on immigration shed light on how his vision regarding immigration will impact employers with a foreign national workforce. Here are some of the pertinent temporary work visas, inspections procedures and immigration control practices that may be impacted when the Trump administration is in place, as well as a brief discussion about the longer delays expected for foreign workers traveling to the United States for short-term business reasons or to work and study read more
September 22, 2016 4:28 PM | Posted by Maria Mejia-Opaciuch | Permalink
For the 26th year, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) has issued registration instructions for the annual Diversity Visa (DV) lottery. Registration for the 2018 lottery opens 12 noon eastern daylight time (EDT) on October 4, 2016, and closes 12 noon EDT on November 7, 2016. As in the past, only electronic applications will be accepted by completing the DV form at, the only site to accept the DV lottery applications. There is no fee for online submission. There is no paper submission to the DOS. The DOS will only accept one entry per person during this registration period. Those who apply more than once will be disqualified. The DOS will issue a confirmation number once the online application has been submitted. It is critical to save this number as the DOS will not re-issue one to the applicant if it is misplaced.  read more