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I-9 Form Update: COVID-19 Pandemic-Related Temporary Policies, Employer Tips

The E-Verify program has issued a potentially confusing array of temporary policies related to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic over a period of several years. Below is a summary of selected changes and employer tips related to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Physical Document Inspection Flexibilities Extended The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) […]

DHS Extends I-9 Flexibility for Pandemic-Related Remote Work: Employer Takeaways and Tips

Due to ongoing pandemic-related concerns, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended to April 30, 2022, the flexibility policy in complying with certain physical inspection requirements related to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The flexibility policy previously was set to expire on December 31, 2021. Below is a summary of the background, related guidance, […]

H-1B Cap Season Begins, What to Expect

At WR Immigration, we are committed to partnering with our clients so they can stay ahead of the curve on the H-1B process. Our goal is to make immigration easier for you and to streamline your global mobility program. As a part of this commitment, we are constantly adding to our client resources, including our […]

E-Verify Update for HR Managers: Final Responses Will Resume on TNCs

HR managers should be aware of procedural requirements when employees receive a final response regarding their Tentative Nonconfirmation (TNC) status.  Background In March 2020, E‑Verify extended the timeframe employees had to contest their TNC status due to government office closures among other factors.  E‑Verify has announced that DHS will begin updating TNCs with final responses. […]

Top 5 Reasons Employers Should Choose WR Immigration

There’s a lot to accomplish when building a strong global mobility program for your company. Strong global mobility and immigration programs maximize outcomes and ROI; utilize efficient processes; leverage technology; stay compliant; achieve cost-savings; advance diversity and inclusion; and show compassion. That’s no short order, which is why choosing the right immigration counsel is critical.  […]

Work Authorization Verification ‘Flexibilities’ for Remote Workers in the Time of Covid: A Boon or a Headache for Industry?

The Biden administration has allowed in-person physical inspection requirements related to the Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification process to be postponed during the Covid-19 pandemic. This has been a great convenience for employers in the short term but could pose logistical problems down the line as more and more people may need to be reverified […]

Upcoming: WERC and WR Immigration Team-Up for Another Webinar – Changes in the Global Immigration Landscape

Led by Managing Partner Bernie Wolfsdorf and Strategy and Innovation Partner Charina Garcia, WR Immigration and the Worldwide Employee Relocation Real Estate Advisory Council (WERC) are teaming up again to host a webinar on Nov. 15, 2021, at 11am pacific. This time the topic is Changes in the Global Immigration Landscape – What You Need […]

HR Checklist: Onboarding Considerations for Foreign-born Workers

As HR leaders compete in today’s talent market, they frequently look across borders for the skilled new hires the organization needs to succeed.  When bringing foreign workers on board, however, there are steps they should take to ensure a smooth onboarding over the first 100 days. Here we highlight some of the most important and […]

Workplace Immigration: Tips for Onboarding New H-1B Cap Employees

Employers can start onboarding new FY2022 H-1B employees effective October 1st.  Here are some WR Immigration’s tips for onboarding new H-1B employees. Start by completing Form I-9, the Employment Eligibility Verification form. Section 1 must be completed on day one of employment, and section 2, the employer verification portion, must be completed within three days […]

HR’s Crucial Role in Life Sciences IPOs

Much attention has been given to venture investments in New England life sciences companies. Private funding is creating an incredible lift for lab space, office space, hiring, and overall innovation. IPOs, however, deserve as much recognition. Larger and fast-growing companies are heading for the Street, with nearly 50 U.S. biotech companies filing to go public in the […]

DE&I at Biotech Week: Creating a Path for Foreign-Born Workers

We proudly sponsored Biotech Week Boston’s Diversity Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) Summit last week.  The Summit brought together panelists and attendees from over 22 countries around the world, each with a diverse set of experiences, perspectives, and important themes to add to the conversation.   WR Immigration’s Julie Galvin led a session focused on overcoming common obstacles, including incorporating a DE&I lens when hiring foreign-born employees.   The Summit’s keynote, Incorporate the Right […]

Technology is Key for HR to Manage Fast Growth

Fluctuating immigration policies and unpredictable COVID-19 restrictions have resulted in a need for improved communication tools, propelling organizations – including HR departments – into the future of work. With the job market in sectors like Life Sciences expected to grow 7% by 2028, effective technology will be a key enabler to address both HR and […]