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Opening of the 2016 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program Announced

The State Department has announced that it will accept applications for the FY 2016 “diversity immigrant visa” lottery beginning October 1, 2014. Applicants who are selected and approved may submit their green card applications starting on October 1, 2015.

The State Department annually accepts “diversity immigrant visa” applications from qualified individuals born in certain countries with historically low rates of … Continue Reading

I-9 Compliance in an Era of Increased Enforcement

I-9 investigations are at an all-time high.¬† Audits of employer I-9 forms increased from 250 in fiscal year 2007 to more than 3,000 in 2012. From fiscal years 2009 to 2012, the total amount of fines grew to nearly $13 million from $1 million. The number of company managers arrested has increased to 238, according to data provided by U.S. … Continue Reading

New I-9 Form For Employers

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published Introduction of the Revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form in the March 8, 2013, Federal Register. The new Form I-9 is available here.¬†Employers should use the new form as soon as possible but have until May 7, 2013 before they will be penalized for not doing so. In addition, employers … Continue Reading

Temporary Visa or More Permanent Solution? Immigration Law 101 at the Akerman Labor & Employment Law Seminar Has the Answers

The U.S. employer that wishes to have a foreign national conduct business with its company or work for its company in the United States should determine if a temporary visa or a more permanent immigration solution is required for time spent in the United States. As part of this strategy, the U.S. based employer should work closely with the foreign … Continue Reading

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