Monthly Archives: September 2009

Department of Homeland Security Extends Deadline for State Compliance with REAL ID Regulations

On September 28, 2009, DHS again extended the deadline for states to request an exemption from compliance with the REAL ID regulations, this time from October 11, 2009 to December 1, 2009.  The REAL ID Act of 2005 prohibits Federal agencies from accepting a driver’s license or personal identification card for any official purpose unless … Continue Reading

ICE Fines Poultry Plant $450,000 for Hiring Illegal Aliens

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) fined a Missouri poultry plant $450,000 for I-9 violations following a worksite enforcement investigation.  ICE arrested more than 130 employees who were not authorized to work in the United States.  As part of the settlement, the company agreed to train its human resource personnel on how to avoid hiring … Continue Reading

First Visa Bulletin of Fiscal Year Shows Long Waits for Green Cards

On September 10, 2009, the U.S. Department of State released the October 2009 Visa Bulletin.  As anticipated, the news is not good.  Waiting lists for Indian and Chinese nationals whose U.S. employers have sponsored them for positions that require advanced degrees are backed up to early 2005.  For positions that require at least a bachelor’s … Continue Reading

U.S. Immigration Law Governs Northern Mariana Islands as of November 28, 2009

Under the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008, U.S. immigration law will extend to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), a chain of 14 Pacific islands located near Guam, beginning on November 28, 2009.  Inspection and admission of travelers to the CNMI will change, and authorized stays under the Visa Waiver Program in … Continue Reading

Associations Seek Emergency Injunction Against Federal Contractor E-Verify Rule

On September 1, 2009, four business associations filed in federal court for an emergency injunction to delay the implementation of the new E-Verify requirement for certain federal contractors, which will become effective on September 8, 2009, under the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).  The pleading and brief may be read here.  Check back for updates. UPDATE:  … Continue Reading