A few weeks ago, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced its new edition of Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification. While the dust has mostly settled from the remodeling of this form, many employers are still deciding the next steps for moving into the new design for training HR staff and more importantly how to decide whether or not to use the permanent remote verification option. Employers must meet three requirements to conduct post-pandemic Form I-9 updates using the new alternative inspection virtual review process and must implement in a uniform and non- discriminatory manner. We will provide practical tips and guidance to assist with the move to the new Form I-9 mandated for use for all U.S. employers on November 1, 2023, and address other important immigration and compliance updates.
Key topics to be discussed:
The new Form I-9 issued August 1, 2023, required for use by November 1, 2023
Practical Issues for I-9 Compliance
Conditions for Employers to Conduct Remote Verifications
Date / Time: September 19, 2023
Sarah J. Hawk | Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Sarah Hawk’s strategic mind and extensive understanding of current and emerging immigration legislation and trends have earned her national and international recognition. Sarah provides crucial immigration counsel to domestic and multinational companies in various industries such as healthcare, financial services, hospitality, higher education, and technology, among others.
Sarah brings nearly 20 years of experience helping companies develop and implement immigration policies to secure visas and permanent residence status for executives, managers, and critical employees. She also assists physicians, professors, and scientists at universities and research institutions, along with artists, athletes, entrepreneurs, and investors.
Her comprehensive knowledge includes advising on a broad range of immigration petitions, nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications, consular processing, waiver cases and outbound placement, helping clients manage their global workforce. Sarah provides guidance for even the most complex I-9 and E-verify compliance, audits, investigations, training, and policies for various entities.
Sarah oversees the preparation of employment-based immigration petitions (B, H, L, O, P, TN, E-2), PERM labor certification applications, EB-1 Extraordinary Ability, EB-1 Outstanding Researcher/Professor, EB-2 National Interest Waiver, and immigrant petitions in virtually all preference categories, adjustment of status and consular processing cases and naturalization cases.
With a knack for building and enhancing client relationships, Sarah once served as business immigration legal counsel delegate on a trip to China, providing counsel to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Sarah is a frequent speaker nationally and regionally on business immigration issues.
Mandira Sethi | Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Mandira Sethi has over a decade of immigration experience working on an extensive range of immigrant visa and nonimmigrant petitions. As an immigrant from India, Mandira knows firsthand the challenges, of not only immigrating to a new country, but also working through the process of living, working, and becoming a citizen.
These experiences have given her a deep rooted passion for assisting other individuals, as well as businesses and organizations with successfully navigating the immigration process. And now, as an attorney, Mandira focuses her practice on continuing her work on an extensive range of such visa petitions.
Mandira assists and advises clients with employment-based immigration petitions (B, H, L, O, TN, E-2, E 3, J-1), PERM labor certification applications, EB-1 Extraordinary Ability, and EB-1 Outstanding Researcher/Professor status. She also has a vast knowledge with immigrant visa petitions in virtually all preference categories, and works on adjustment of status, consular processing cases and naturalization cases, as well as deferred action, I-601 waivers, 245(i) eligibility, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and U visas.
Mandira also provides guidance on and assistance to clients with regards to I-9 compliance, audits and investigations, and she stays abreast of everchanging immigration policies facing her clients to help them remain in compliance.
She has managed an average of 100 active employment and family-based immigration cases at a time, which enables her to be comfortable serving as the primary point of contact and managing immigration preparation, documentation, and filings.
In addition, Mandira is a registered neutral with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution.
I. The new Form I-9 issued August 1, 2023, required for use by November 1, 2023 | 1:00pm – 1:30pm
II. Practical Issues for I-9 Compliance | 1:30pm – 2:00pm
Form length reduction from 2 pages to 1 page
Revised Instructions and Update to the List of Acceptable Documents
A major overhaul of the M-274 Handbook for Employers
Break | 2:00pm – 2:10pm
III. Conditions for Employers to Conduct Remote Verifications | 2:10pm – 2:40pm
The pros and cons of remote examination
E-Verify compliance and additional anti-fraud training requirement