In June 2021, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released the America Works Report, which is based on an analysis of more than 20 years of federal jobs and employment data. Among the findings is that there are approximately half as many available workers for every open job and the ratio continues to fall. While
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DHS to Propose Expansion of Biometrics Collection
On September 11, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will release a new regulation for notice-and-comment that proposes to expand the collection of biometric data and give DHS increased flexibility to deal with emerging needs. Here are a few highlights from the draft 328-page rule.
- Unless waived by DHS, any applicant, petitioner, sponsor,
Government Guidance on How Ineligible Individuals can Return COVID-19 Stimulus Payment
On May 11, 2020, the IRS issued guidance about how to return an Economic Impact Payment (EIP), also known as a COVID-19 stimulus payment. Ineligible individuals who receive EIPs are required to return them.
Resident and Nonresident Alien EIP Eligibility
The IRS guidance indicates that:
- A person who is a nonresident alien in 2020 is
Cases Over Controversial Citizenship Question in 2020 Census Proceed as Print Deadline Nears
The 2020 decennial census is scheduled to begin on April 1, 2020, but several cases challenging the Administration’s decision to include a citizenship question in the census are putting the Administration’s June 30, 2019, “go to print” deadline at risk. The question asks, “Is this person a citizen of the United States?”
Brexit: An Update for Employers
As Brexit negotiations are coming to a head, companies may need to take stock of the current situation and strategize about how to maintain employment of current EU national employees and how to prepare for the post-Brexit landscape.
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Insights: USCIS Denying Pending Advance Parole Applications Due to International Travel
USCIS is adopting a new approach for international travel and Form I-131 Advance Parole (AP) applications.
Until recently, USCIS has approved AP applications even where the beneficiary travelled internationally during the pendency of the application. This was the case even though the I-131 application states, “If you depart the United States before the Advance Parole …
The FICA Tax Exemption for Non-Resident Aliens in the U.S. Under F, J, M, or Q Visas
A common issue for employers of non-resident aliens authorized to work in the U.S. is whether (and when) such individuals are exempt from FICA taxation. Under the Internal Revenue Code, a nonresident alien (“NRA”) in the United States under a teacher, researcher, trainee, or student visa is exempt, within certain limitations, from FICA taxation.
Evidence of Immigration Status Blocked by Courts
Could barring evidence in court of undocumented workers’ immigration status actually prevent employers from hiring illegal immigrants? It could, according to one Illinois district court judge.
Please read the full post by our colleagues Ellison F. McCoy and O. John Norris, III here.
R. Alexander Acosta Picked to Head Department of Labor
President Donald Trump has nominated R. Alexander Acosta to be Secretary of Labor. His nomination comes one day after Andrew Puzder, Trump’s first pick to lead the Department of Labor, withdrew his nomination.
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