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Expired Form I-9 Still in Use Until Further Notice From USCIS

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The most recent version of Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification has an expiration date of August 31, 2019. A new I-9 form version is in the works, but USCIS has not yet finalized or released it for use by employers. Until USCIS publishes the new Form I-9 version, employers must continue to timely and properly complete Form I-9 for all new hires by using the existing I-9 version (showing an issue date of 07/17/17 at the bottom and a 08/31/2019 expiration date at the top).

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New Public Benefits Rule Affecting Legal Immigration

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On August 14, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security published its highly anticipated final rule defining how an immigration applicant may be deemed a public charge, and what public benefits would disqualify applicants from legally immigrating to the U.S. or from extending or changing their legal temporary immigration status.  If implemented, the final rule could penalize foreign nationals who are seeking legal status, including those who are already legally present in the U.S. or who are trying to come legally in the first place, and who obtain certain government-funded benefits that federal law otherwise expressly allows.

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TN Work Visa under the NAFTA Agreement

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Many people are familiar with some of the common work visas we have on the books, such as H-1B for skilled workers, H-2B for temporary or seasonal non-agricultural workers, or the H-2A seasonal agricultural visa, among others.  But many employers can benefit from a lesser-used classification available pursuant to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  

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USCIS Will Transfer Green Card and Citizenship Applications to Speed Up Processing

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that it will attempt to clear its processing backlogs by transferring some case interviews to other offices that have a lesser workload. This policy will only apply to green card cases filed through the I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence Adjust Status and citizenship cases filed through the N-400 Application for Naturalization.

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Employer SSN No-Match Letters Are Back!

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In March 2019, the Social Security Administration (SSA) resumed its prior practice of issuing Social Security No-Match letters. Officially, the No-Match letters are known as Educational Correspondence (EDCOR)/Employer Correction Requests. The No-Match letters notify employers when the social security number (SSN) information reported in wage and tax statements does not match information in the SSA records.

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