The U.S. Department of State has confirmed that contractors on a pre-approved list at the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) are now auditing approved nonimmigrant petitions — including H-1B and L-1 petitions — in order to verify that information contained in the petitions is correct.  The audits are creating significant delays for petition-based visa applicants at embassies worldwide.

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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.

The DOJ’s Office of Special Counsel has released “Do’s and Don’ts” guidance for companies participating in the eVerify program.  eVerify is a voluntary program for employers to verify the identity and work eligibility of all new hires.  The “Do’s and Don’ts” can be found here.  Information about the E-Verify program can be found here