1. ICE Arrests Without Warrant Banned From Northampton County, Pennsylvania, Court House

    On March 2, a federal officer, who was not in uniform, conducted a warrantless arrest of an undocumented immigrant inside the Courthouse. The undocumented immigrant was a spouse of a U.S. citizen, was very close to becoming a lawful permanent resident in the United States, is gainfully employed in the U.S., and has paid his federal taxes regularly for the past ten years. The immigrant was arrested, READ MORE READ MORE

  2. The New Public Charge Rule

    On February 22, the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule, effective as of February 24. This announcement came after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the nationwide injunctions against the new public charge rule on January 27. The New Public Charge Rule Anyone who received one or more public benefits for more than twelve months in aggregate within READ MORE READ MORE

  3. An Overview of STEM OPT Employer Site Visits

    Employers who have employed F-1 students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) category of the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program can expect site visits by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). The March 2016 STEM OPT rule allows the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct site visits of employers that train STEM OPT students. Conducting Site Visits The site visits are READ MORE READ MORE

  4. Department of Homeland Security Suspends New York Residents From All Trusted Traveler Programs

    As an aftereffect of the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act that went into effect on December 14, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has now suspended Trusted Traveler Programs such as Global Entry (for entry from abroad), NEXUS (for entry from Canada), SENTRI (for entry from Canada and Mexico), and FAST (for truck drivers entering the U.S. from Mexico) for the state of New York. READ MORE READ MORE

  5. Employers: DHS Releases New Revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

    The United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has again changed the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. On January 31, 2020, the USCIS released the long-awaited revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9), with an edition date of “10/21/2019.” The changes are minor and USCIS has accordingly revised “Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9.” Though the Form I-9 went into effect on January 31, READ MORE READ MORE