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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) are now offering two free E-Verify webinars and they are both available on-demand. E-Verify is a Web-based, free program operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that allows businesses to determine the eligibility of their employees to legally work in the United States.

Form I-9 Webinar On-Demand: This free self-service tool reviews Form I-9 and imparts best practices at the viewers’ convenience. Viewers can choose the chapters of their choice or watch the entire 22 minute video in one sitting.

E-Verify Webinar On-Demand: This free self-service tool reviews Form I-9 and E-Verify, enrollment, how to run a case and more. It’s another good training tool to help your business. Viewers can choose the chapters of their choice or watch the entire 14 minute video in one sitting.

The Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification as published is marked to expire on March 31, 2016. Employers should continue to using Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification until further notice, no replacement has been published. USCIS will provide updates about the new version of Form I-9 as it becomes available.

Form I-9 is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States. All U.S. employers must ensure proper completion of Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States. This includes citizens and noncitizens.

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On Friday, September 26, 2014, USCIS announced that they have published a web page with free on-demand access to a Form I-9 webinar. On-demand means that this video of the Form I-9 webinar is available at any time on the Internet. This webinar explains how to correctly complete the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification form. You can choose from any of the (14) individual chapters or you may watch the entire 22 minute video altogether. This is a great training tool to learn how to correctly complete this important form.

Form I-9 Webinar on Demand

Form I-9 is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States. All U.S. employers must ensure proper completion of Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States. This includes citizens and noncitizens.

E-Verify, the Internet-based system that employers use to check whether job applicants may legally work in the U.S. is currently unavailable due to a Federal Government shutdown. You will not be able to access your E-Verify account!

E-Verify Customer Support and any related services are also closed.

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The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has requested information from the federal government agencies involved in the immigration system for updates on their contingency plans in case of a government shutdown. A possible government shutdown could happen as early as October 1, 2013, the beginning of the new fiscal year 2014 (FY2014). AILA has reported that they have not received any updated information at this time. They suggested reviewing the shutdown plans for the last threatened federal government shutdown, which was in 2011.

Below is an excerpt from MVP Law Group’s original blog post on the subject dated (4/8/11).

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has announced a free E-Verify webinar on Employee Rights. This free online seminar will be held on Wednesday, June 19 at 12:00am EST (noon). You can register with the link listed below; you will need to include your first name, last name and an email address. Experts for both the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) will be going over Form I-9, E-Verify and other related subjects.

Click here to register

E-Verify is a Web-based, free program operated by the DHS that allows businesses to determine the eligibility of their employees to legally work in the United States.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has updated Form I-9. Please see below for a review of all of the new revisions to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.

Section 1 – Employee Information and Attestation

1. Employees must complete and sign Section 1 of Form I-9 no later than the 1st day of employment

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is offering free online Web Seminars (Webinars) on the revised form I-9, which is used for Employment Eligibility Verification. Please see the schedule for the month of April below. There are at least three more webinars available. All you need to do is sign-in 15 minutes before the schedule time and you are ready.

The Revised Form I-9 Webinars will cover an overview of the process and includes step by step instructions of how to complete the form.

FREE Revised Form I-9 Webinars

Recent investigations and raids make it clear that I-9 enforcement is a top priority to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ALL employers must accurately complete I-9 forms for all new employees; therefore, it is imperative that your company has an organized and meaningful audit system in place, to assure compliance with the law. If your company is in need of assistance in getting your I-9 forms into compliance, you should contact a qualified, experienced immigration attorney.

Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), all employers must verify that every person that is hired is either:

– A U.S. citizen – A lawful permanent resident – A foreign national with authorization to work in the U.S.

About 300 farmers gathered on Wednesday (2/27/13) in Raleigh, NC at the North Carolina State Legislative Building. They were there for a press conference and the release of the North Carolina Farm Bureau’s (NCFB) “North Carolina Agriculture Workforce Report – February 2013“. The NCFB conducted a farm labor survey of approximately 50,000 farms in North Carolina.

One major problem they found was that 61% of the farmers were having trouble finding workers to pick their crops and work their fields. The NCFB advocates an enhanced Guest Worker Program as part of overall U.S. Immigration Reform. The farmers are worried that the NC Legislature will make E-Verify mandatory for temporary farm workers without a reliable guest worker program in place. As of July 1, 2013 NC employers with 25 or more employees will be required to use E-Verify to check work authorization for all new hires. Seasonal temporary workers are exempt but NC farmers are worried this will soon change.

Doug Patterson, owner of Patterson Farm, Inc. which employees about 300 people stated, “We feel that if nothing is done in the next few years, we will reduce acreage or get out of the fruit and vegetable farming business altogether. North Carolina will have to decide to import our workers or import our food.” Patterson added, “If the state passes and implements a mandatory E-Verify system without a viable, affordable federal guest worker program in place, then many farmers will be forced to quit.”