ICE Worksite Investigations Quadruple in Fiscal Year 2018 from 2017

According to a recent news release by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the fiscal year 2018 marked a substantial surge in criminal investigations, business audits and arrests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The release shows the amount of worksite investigations opened by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) essentially quadrupled over the course of a year, rising from 1,691 in fiscal year 2017 to an astonishing 6,848 in FY18. In addition, HSI initiated 5,981 I-9 audits, compared to just 1,360 in FY17. This heightened enforcement reflects the Trump Administration’s promise to crackdown on undocumented labor. HSI Executive Associate Director Derek N. Benner is q

Update on H-1B program: Department of Labor LCA Changes are causing confusion for U.S. Employers

On August 3, 2017, the Employment and Training Administration released a Federal Register notice, outlining the Department of Labor’s (DOL) intent to revise the forms related to the H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 nonimmigrant visa application processes. These changes went into effect on November 19, 2018. According to the notice, these revisions to Form ETA 9035 (the LCA for Nonimmigrant Workers) have been implemented to “promote greater clarity of existing employer obligations under the programs, and promote greater program transparency by collection additional information on the employment of temporary nonimmigrant workers by U.S. employers.” Unfortunately for U.S. employers, however, these revision

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