• The USCIS has once again delayed implementation of the final rule that would require federal contractors and subcontractors to use the government's E-Verify employment eligibility review system. The rule was first published on Nov. 14, 2008, but its effective date has now been postponed until Sept. 8, 2009.
  • Per the confirmation from the USCIS, foreign nationals newly approved for permanent residence in the U.S. may experience a delay of approximately eight week in the receipt of their permanent resident cards (i.e., "Green Cards") due to the production delays at the government's facilities. USCIS local offices are issuing temporary evidence of immigration status in the form of a passport stamp so that a permanent resident may have proof of work and travel authorization in hand.
  • The USCIS has recently reminded individuals with pending Adjustment of Status, Legalization, Asylum, and Temporary Protected Status to obtain a travel document (i.e., Advance Parole) prior to departure from the U.S. for a temporary trip abroad. Advance Parole provides permission to re-enter the U.S. and, without this travel document, a foreign national may be unable to reenter the U.S. and his/her pending immigration proceedings may be denied and or viewed as abandoned. Average processing time for the Advance Parole document is 90 days. Importantly, individuals with prior immigration violations may be unable to travel abroad even when in possession of the Advance Parole document. If you or an employee falls into that category, consult immigration counsel before making travel plans abroad.