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E-Verify to Deactivate User Accounts

On August 1st, E-Verify will begin deactivating user IDs that have not been accessed for 270 days. This announcement was apparently prompted by USCIS’ anticipated changes to the user requirements. On May 20, 2016, USCIS published a 30-day notice in the Federal Register inviting public comment on proposed changes to the E-Verify program. Among the … Continue Reading

India Next Member of the US Global Entry Program

On June 3, 2016, India’s Ministry of External Affairs, the Consular, Passport and Visa Division, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to begin the membership procedure for the U.S. Global Entry Program. The two countries would like to complete India’s entry into the Global Entry Program within … Continue Reading

USCIS Fraud Site Visits Target Executives and Managers

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) fraud unit, known as the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS), plans to expand the number of site visits for this fiscal year. The expansion of the site visit program comes in response to an August 2013 report released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s … Continue Reading

CBP Enhances ESTA to Address Past Travel to Iran

On February 23rd as part of the continued implementation of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) had been enhanced to include questions that would address travel eligibility to the U.S. for an individual who has … Continue Reading

April 1 Will Mark the Start of the H-1B Cap Season

The H-1B cap season is fast approaching.  For fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017), US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) will begin accepting cap subject H-1B petitions on Friday, April 1, 2016.  This is the earliest date for which an employer may file a petition to be received by USCIS requesting H-1B employment with a start … Continue Reading

E-Verify Retention Reminder

As of Jan. 1, 2015, the government started deleting E-Verify records that were created on or before Dec. 31, 2004. This action was initiated in accordance with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) records retention and disposal schedule. USCIS now disposes of E-Verify records that are over ten years old every January 1st. Employers … Continue Reading

Congress Expected to Pass Visa Bill with JCPOA Implications

On December 15, 2015, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced that Congress reached agreement on a $1.1 trillion FY 2016 omnibus spending bill (HR 2029), which included a controversial provision that could have implications for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”).  Division O, Title II contains the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and … Continue Reading