On August 19, 2009, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it was rescinding its August 2007 and October 2008 regulatory amendments concerning actions employers can take to benefit from "safe harbor" protection after receiving notification from DHS or the Social Security Administration that an employee’s reported work authorization or Social Security information does not match government records. In October 2007 a U.S. District Court in California preliminarily enjoined implementation of the regulations. Under the revised regulations, if employers took certain actions within prescribed timeframes, they could shield themselves from liability for allegedly employing individuals who lacked authorization to work in the United States. For additional information on the revised regulation, please review prior blog postings on this topic. Continue Reading U.S. Department of Homeland Security Rescinds Safe Harbor Regulation for Employers That Receive “No Match” Letters

The Department of Homeland Security recently published amendments to the regulation governing the US-VISIT program. This Final Rule, which will become effective January 18, 2009, requires all non citizens (with some exceptions noted below), including lawful permanent residents, to register with US-VISIT, upon admission to the United States.
Continue Reading DHS Publishes Amendments Requiring All Non Citizens to Register at a US-VISIT Kiosk Upon Entry to the US