Mark A Ivener, A Law Corporation

Category: ICE

DHS Issues Final Rule Amending F-1 Regs, Breaks Record for Public Comments

On March 11, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule amending regulations to expand optional practical training (OPT) for students with U.S. degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) and create new obligations for F-1 students and F-1 employers starting May 10, 2016.  OPT is a form of temporary employment… Read More

DHS Secretary Releases Statement on Southwest Border Security in Light of Removals

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson released a statement on January 4, 2016, on southwest border security, in light of stepped-up removal operations underway.  Secretary Johnson noted that in the spring and summer of 2014, a significant spike occurred in families and unaccompanied children from Central America attempting to cross the U.S. southern… Read More

DHS Considers Removing Hundreds of Newly Arrived Undocumented Families; Candidates React

According to news reports, the Obama administration is considering removing hundreds of families who came to the United States without authorization since early 2015 and have been ordered to leave by an immigration judge. The vast majority are said to have fled violence in Central America. The reports of possible removals, or “raids,” are providing… Read More

OSC, ICE Issue Joint Guidance for Employers Conducting I-9 Audits

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) jointly issued new “Guidance for Employers Conducting Internal Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 Audits” on December 17, 2015. The guidance notes that although not required by law, an employer may conduct an internal audit of I-9 forms… Read More

ICE Releases SEVP Guidance on Errors in Denials of STEM OPT Extensions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on February 6, 2014, that some optional practical training (OPT) science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) extension applications were denied in error. USCIS said they were not adjudicated in accordance with applicable Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) OPT policy guidance. USCIS sent… Read More