ICE Worksite Investigations and I-9 Audits Soar in FY 2018: What this Means for Employers

What do employers need to know? The U.S. Department Homeland Security (DHS) has released the statistics of criminal investigations, corporate audits, and related arrests carried out by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the fiscal year 2018. As I mentioned in a previous post, special agents opened 6,848 worksite investigations in FY 2018, quadrupling the amount from FY 2017, and conducted 5,981 I-9 audits. These enforcement actions resulted in 779 criminal arrests, 1,525 administrative arrests, and 49 criminal convictions of employers in management positions. Why should employers care? As we have reported, ICE has promised to crack down on employers by conducting investigation

USCIS Announces H-1B Electronic Registration Window

On December 6, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the implementation of the new H-1B visa electronic filing system for the 2020 H-1B cap. According to the news release, employers planning to file H-1B petitions must first register electronically and pay the associated $10 fee. The initial registration period will be between March 1 and March 20, 2020. If the agency deems it necessary, USCIS may open an additional registration period if not enough registrations are received to meet the determined allocations. The release states that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will publish a Federal Registrar notice in the coming weeks to provide details on the registrat

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