The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee this past month approved on a 13-to-5 vote broad legislation that would completely redefine the country’s policies on immigration.  This appears to be the most significant immigration policy revision in decades to be sent to the full Senate  Debate is anticipated to start in this month.Continue Reading U.S. Senate Judiciary OK’s Immigration Overhaul

The immigration laws of the United States require companies to employ only people who are able to work in the United States legally.  This can be as U.S. citizens or foreign citizens who have the appropriate and necessary authorization. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the government agency that is tasked with overseeing lawful immigration to the United States.  USCIS manages the process that permits individuals from other countries to work in the United States. Some of these opportunities can be short-term, while others provide a path to a green card (permanent residency).Continue Reading Good Housekeeping for Business: E-Verify and I-9 Compliance

Did you know that April 1st is the earliest that employers are permitted to file an H1B petition for the following fiscal year, which starts October 1st.  An employer cannot file an H1B petition earlier than six months before the date of the actual start of the individual’s (beneficiary) services.

U.S. mainland, as well as Virgin Islands businesses have used the H1B program to employ foreign workers in specialized positions that require technical expertise in fields like science, engineering, and computer programming.  This program provides foreign nationals an opportunity to be employed on a temporary basis in the United States and provide needed services for an employer in a pre-determined professional position.  These jobs are required to be in a specialty occupation and require the minimum education of a bachelor’s degree to participate.Continue Reading April is Right Around the Corner and that Means Getting H1B’s Ready to File

The Obama administration has intensified a crackdown on employers of illegal immigrants, notifying over 1,000 companies recently that the government plans to inspect their hiring records. Employers of all sizes were notified they must hand over I-9 employment-eligibility forms, which contain Social Security numbers, dates of birth and statements by employees of their citizenship status.Continue Reading Should You Be Concerned About I-9 Audits?

Federal authorities in New Jersey recently announced the disruption of an international smuggling ring that prosecutors said brought hundreds of illegal immigrants to the United States, including many young women who worked as dancers at strip clubs to repay their passage.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said four people from New Jersey, one from Massachusetts, and one from Texas are each charged with one count of conspiracy to bring illegal immigrants into the United States through the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.Continue Reading Feds Bust Human Traffickers With VI Connections

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced today that it has reached an agreement  that establishes a long-lasting framework for the technical coordination of the Internet’s domain name and addressing system (DNS). 

ICANN and NTIA executed a new Affirmation of Commitments that completes the transition of the technical management of the DNS to a multi-stakeholder, private-sector-led model. The Affirmation ensures accountability and transparency in ICANN’s decision-making with the goal of protecting the interests of global Internet users.  The Affirmation also establishes mechanisms to address the security, stability, and resiliency of the Internet DNS as well as promote competition, consumer trust, and consumer choice. Continue Reading ICANN and U.S. Department of Commerce Sign New “Affirmation of Commitments”