Immigration Law

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Paget, Joel H.
Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC

Immigration Law

Contact: Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC (Washington, USA)

USCIS: All offices are open and clients are asked to show up for all appointments at USCIS. Applications which are filed will continue to be processed.

Department of Labor: The DOL Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) has confirmed that due to the government shutdown, it is neither accepting nor processing any applications or related materials it receives, including Labor Condition Applications (LCAs).

Read more: Government Shutdown: How Are You Affected?

Contact: Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated (San Antonio, Texas, USA)

United States and Citizenship Services (USCIS) has posted contradictory information on the exact date that the new I-9 form (Rev. 03/08/13)N must be used. The revision date is referenced on the lower left hand corner of the form.  The Federal Register notice indicates that prior versions of the form can no longer be used by the public effective May 7, 2013.

Read more: USCIS Unclear on Start Date for New Form I-9 Use – Issues New Handbook

Contact: John E. Exner IV; Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP (Los Angeles, California, USA)

After many months of announcements and discussion, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”), through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”), released a new edition of the Form I-9 on March 8, 2013. This newest version of the form goes into effect immediately. However, USCIS has authorized a sixty (60) day grace period during which either the new version of the form or the last version may be used. Following the end of the grace period, on May 7, 2013, all U.S. employers are required to use the new Form I-9 for all new hires. Employers should notcomplete the new I-9 for current employees unless it is being used for reverification purposes.

The Form I-9, intended to document verification of the identity and employment authorization of each new employee, has seen many minor modifications and revisions in the last several years, but none as significant as the current changes to the form. Furthermore, as it is the employer’s responsibility to complete and retain each Form I-9 for each new employee, it is also the responsibility of all employers to familiarize themselves with the new features of the form and the mandatory time frames for its usage.

Read this entire article on the Michell Silberberk & Knupp website. 

Contact: Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP (Delaware & Pennsylvania, USA)

Last week the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, unveiled in the Federal Register a revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form, which is better known as a Form I-9. For more than 25 years, employers have been required to use the Form I-9 to confirm the identity and the eligibility of all newly hired employees for all levels of an organization to work in the United States.

Read more: Employers Directed to Use New Form I-9 Verifying Work Eligibility by May 7

Contact: Sue Willman and Monica Fanning; Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP (Missouri, USA)



The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released on Friday, March 8, 2013 its new Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) that all employers are required to use to verify the identity and employment authorization eligibility of their employees.  The new form may be used immediately, but must be used beginning no later than May 7, 2013.

Read more: Revised I-9 Form Now Available and Will Be Mandatory Effective May 7, 2013