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E-Verify: A Panacea or Burden for Employers

September 6, 2011
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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services reported in fiscal 2010 that 98.3 percent of all queries submitted to E-Verify resulted in confirmations within 24 hours. Despite the quick turnaround on queries, the accuracy and reliability of the program remains divisive.
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Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Immigration Law on Hiring

May 31, 2011
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Under the Arizona law, employers that intentionally violate the law a second time by knowingly hiring an illegal immigrant can lose their business license.
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Demand for H-1B Visas Off to Slower Start

April 13, 2011
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Just 5,900 petitions had been filed by April 8 under the general H-1B visa cap of 65,000, and only 4,500 petitions had been filed under a 20,000-visa cap for those with master’s degrees or higher.
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What ICE's Latest Round of 1,000 Audits Means to a Business

March 25, 2011
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Much is potentially at stake, and employers that did not receive a notice should take advantage of their good fortune and ensure that they are in compliance with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement now.
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Cutting the Gordian Knot Requirements for Electronic I-9 Storage

July 30, 2010
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Commentary: Public Law 108-390 amended the Immigration and Nationality Act to allow electronic signature and electronic storage of I-9 forms, but the regulations implementing it have created a web of confusion.
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TOOL Immigration Issues for U.S. and U.K. Employers

May 20, 2010
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For many employers in the United States and United Kingdom, talented workers from overseas are vital to the continued success of their business. Because of the intricacies of immigration law in both jurisdictions, employers should proceed carefully and obtain sound legal advice each and every time a non-domestic worker is hired, retained, transferred or even terminated.
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Anti-Staffing H-1B Memo to Get Another Meeting

March 24, 2010
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Concerns were raised during a previous public meeting that the memo could prevent staffing firms from bringing in foreign physicians and allied health workers on H-1B visas.
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E-Verify at a Glance

March 24, 2010
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Although there is growing use of E-Verify by private employers, a large percentage of those companies are using it because they are required to—either because they operate as employers in a jurisdiction where it is legally required or because they are federal contractors or subcontractors. For the vast majority of employers in the U.S., E-Verify is still optional. The chart below shows the circumstances in which E-Verify must be used, and when it’s merely an option for an employer to consider.
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How Well Does E-Verify Perform

March 24, 2010
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An analysis of the program performed for the U.S. government found that in most cases, the system correctly verified authorized worker status. But because the system is not set up to detect identify fraud, the inaccuracy rate for unauthorized workers is approximately 54 percent.
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