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  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on List B Documents(522 KB - 3/29/2010)
    A 3/29/10 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel Katherine Baldwin provides guidance on acceptable List B (identity) documents.
    AILA Doc. No. 10032959.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on Subcontractor Documentation(560 KB - 12/22/2010)
    A 12/22/10 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel Katherine Baldwin provides guidance for subcontractors who are asked by their general contractor to provide I-9 documentation for subcontractor employees.
    AILA Doc. No. 10122259.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on Automated Recruitment Software(1100 KB - 12/22/2010)
    A 12/22/10 letter from Deputy Special Counsel Katherine Baldwin provides guidance on whether an employer may reject an applicant if he answers “No” to a question in its recruitment software, “Can you, after employment, submit proof of your legal right to work in the U.S.?”
    AILA Doc. No. 10122258.
  • DOJ FAQs on Social Security Number (SSN) "No-Matches”(26 KB - 11/22/2010)
    DOJ OSC guidance answering frequently asked questions about name/Social Security Number (SSN) "no-matches" including employer liability under the anti-discrimination provision of the INA.
    AILA Doc. No. 10112265.
  • DOJ Guidance for Employers on SSN "No-Matches" (Do's and Don'ts)(71 KB - 11/22/2010)
    DOJ OSC guidance for employers listing “do's and don’ts” for the handling of name/Social Security Number (SSN) no-match notices.
    AILA Doc. No. 10112264.
  • DOJ Guidance for Employees on SSN "No-Matches"(62 KB - 11/22/2010)
    DOJ OSC guidance for employees who receive a name/Social Security Number (SSN) no-match notice or discover a Social Security Card error.
    AILA Doc. No. 10112263.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on Export Control/ITAR(642 KB - 10/6/2010)
    A 10/6/10 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel Katherine Baldwin provides guidance on the use of information and documents provided by an employee in connection with completing an I-9 in order to comply with the Export Control Act.
    AILA Doc. No. 10100659.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on Puerto Rico Birth Certificates(543 KB - 10/4/2010)
    A 10/4/10 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel Katherine Baldwin provides guidance on whether an employer violates I-9 rules if it knowingly accepts an invalid birth certificate in light of Act No. 191, which invalidated certain birth certificates issued before 7/1/10.
    AILA Doc. No. 10100459.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on Visa Sponsorship Questions(987 KB - 9/27/2010)
    A 9/27/10 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel Katherine Baldwin provides guidance on pre-employment questions regarding visa sponsorship. Includes four prior TALs on pre-employment questions as attachments.
    AILA Doc. No. 10092759.
  • EOIR Memorandum on 1-800 Number and Privacy Enhancements(308 KB - 9/21/2010)
    EOIR 09/21/10 memo from Brian M. O’Leary, Chief Immigration Judge, on a recent EOIR decision on privacy enhancements and public use of the Alien-Number (A-Number). The memo directs courts to implement two operational safeguards to avoid public disclosure of the A-Number.
    AILA Doc. No. 10092138.
  • EOIR OPPM 10-01: Procedures for Handling Requests for a Stipulated Removal Order(714 KB - 9/16/2010)
    EOIR 9/15/10 Operating Policies and Procedures Memorandum 10-01 from Brian M. O’Leary, Chief Judge, containing guidance for the immigration courts on how to handle requests for a stipulated removal order.
    AILA Doc. No. 10091630.
  • OIL Monograph: Immigration Consequences of Crimes(1003 KB - 9/13/2010)
    Office of Immigration Litigation reference guide created in response to the Supreme Court decision Padilla v. Kentucky, which requires defense counsel to effectively advise their clients on the immigration consequences of a guilty plea in a criminal case.
    AILA Doc. No. 10091361.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on Defense Contracts(757 KB - 8/19/2010)
    An 8/19/10 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel Katherine Baldwin provides guidance on whether the exception to the citizenship discrimination prohibition under INA §274B(a)(2)(C) permits compliance with a defense contractor’s request that only U.S. citizens work on a project.
    AILA Doc. No. 10081959.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on Providing I-9s to State Agencies(514 KB - 7/22/2010)
    A 7/22/10 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel Katherine Baldwin provides guidance on whether an employer should provide copies of I-9s in response to a request by a state agency, in this case, the Washington State Welfare Agency.
    AILA Doc. No. 10072259.
  • EOIR Memo on FY2010 Case Completion Goals(476 KB - 7/14/2010)
    A 7/14/10 memo from Brian M. O’Leary, Chief Immigration Judge, announcing EOIR’s FY2010 Case Completion Goals, including goals for detained cases, bond hearings, expedited asylum cases, credible fear reviews, Institutional Hearing Program, and more. Courtesy of Jesse Maanao.
    AILA Doc. No. 12080150.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on Pre-Employment Inquiries(625 KB - 7/2/2010)
    A 7/2/10 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel Katherine Baldwin provides guidance on whether an employer may terminate an employee who said he was authorized to work without restriction, but who in fact possesses an F-1 visa and would require future H-1B sponsorship.
    AILA Doc. No. 10070259.
  • OSC on Pre-Hiring Questions for NIV and Adjustment Applicants(4274 KB - 6/29/2010)
    A 6/29/10 letter from OSC Deputy Special Counsel Katherine A. Baldwin states that decisions not to hire individuals based solely on their need for visa sponsorship or an employer letter to USCIS would generally not be actionable under the INA's anti-discrimination provisions.
    AILA Doc. No. 10062959.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on Seasonal Employees(590 KB - 6/22/2010)
    A 6/22/10 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel Katherine Baldwin provides guidance on employment eligibility verification obligations for seasonal workers who are laid off every year in November and return to work the following February.
    AILA Doc. No. 10062259.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on I-9 Storage(525 KB - 6/10/2010)
    A 6/10/10 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel Katherine Baldwin provides guidance on whether the Form I-9 should be maintained in the employee’s file or whether it should be stored separately.
    AILA Doc. No. 10061059.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on I-9 Self-Audits(570 KB - 6/10/2010)
    A 6/10/10 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel Katherine Baldwin provides guidance on employer-conducted internal audits that involve reviewing employees’ Forms I-9 and the attached photocopies of documentation presented for initial employment verification.
    AILA Doc. No. 10061080.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on Company Dishonesty Policies(557 KB - 4/29/2010)
    A 4/29/10 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel Katherine Baldwin provides guidance on how an employer should deal with various situations involving the transition of an employee from undocumented work status to legally authorized work status.
    AILA Doc. No. 10042959.
  • EOIR Memo on Transition to the INA in the CNMI(85 KB - 4/28/2010)
    This 03/29/10 memo from Brian M. O’Leary, Chief Immigration Judge, addresses the transition to the INA in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and issues that may arise in cases involving respondents in the CNMI.
    AILA Doc. No. 10042866.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on Failure to Take Action on TNC(531 KB - 4/21/2010)
    A 4/21/10 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel Katherine Baldwin provides guidance on whether an employee’s failure to take action upon receipt of an E-Verify Tentative Nonconfirmation (TNC) letter is a valid basis for terminating employment.
    AILA Doc. No. 10042159.
  • EOIR FOIA Response for IJ Work Plan(387 KB - 4/12/2010)
    In response to an AILA FOIA request, EOIR offers the Immigration Judge Performance Work Plan, which was approved in 2009.
    AILA Doc. No. 10041267.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on Employer Reverification Obligations(577 KB - 3/23/2010)
    A 3/23/10 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel Katherine Baldwin provides guidance on an employer’s responsibility with respect to employees who present temporary evidence of work authorization in the I-9 verification process.
    AILA Doc. No. 10032359.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on State Agency’s Refusal to Accept SSN(570 KB - 3/25/2010)
    A 3/25/10 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel Katherine Baldwin provides guidance to employers who have been advised by a state unemployment agency that a reported SSN does not belong to one of its employees.
    AILA Doc. No. 10032580.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on Timing of I-9 Completion(533 KB - 3/24/2010)
    A 3/24/10 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel Katherine Baldwin provides guidance on whether some components of a large employer can complete Form I-9 on the first day of work while other components complete the I-9 before the first day of work.
    AILA Doc. No. 10032459.
  • USCIS and DOJ Office of Special Counsel MOA on Employment Discrimination and E-Verify(305 KB - 3/19/2010)
    On 03/17/10, USCIS and the Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel signed a Memorandum of Agreement governing information and case referrals between the agencies relating to E-Verify-related discrimination allegations and misuse of E-Verify.
    AILA Doc. No. 10031965.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on Federal Contractors and E-Verify(526 KB - 3/17/2010)
    A 3/17/10 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel Katherine Baldwin provides guidance on the use of a prior Form I-9 by a federal contractor to run an existing employee through E-Verify.
    AILA Doc. No. 10031759.
  • EOIR Responds to TRAC Report on Backlogged Immigration Matters(435 KB - 3/12/2010)
    EOIR sent a letter to the TRAC in response to its report on backlogged immigration matters. The letter states that the picture painted by TRAC fails to reflect the agency’s positive trajectory to increase the number of immigration judges by later this year.
    AILA Doc. No. 10031266.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on Notice of Mismatched SSNs(581 KB - 3/3/2010)
    A 3/3/10 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel Katherine Baldwin provides guidance on responding to a notification by city or county officials that some employees have provided Social Security numbers that do not match SSA records.
    AILA Doc. No. 10030380.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on Suspect Document Notices(523 KB - 2/3/2010)
    A 2/3/10 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel Katherine Baldwin provides guidance to employers on responding to an ICE Notice of Suspect Documents.
    AILA Doc. No. 10020359.
  • Pilgrim’s Pride Non-Prosecution Agreement(164 KB - 12/31/2009)
    On 12/30/09, the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Texas, Pilgrim's Pride Corporation, and ICE reached a non-prosecution agreement to resolve an investigation with respect to the hiring and employment of unauthorized aliens.
    AILA Doc. No. 09123165.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on Identity Verification(556 KB - 12/29/2009)
    A 12/29/09 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel Katherine Baldwin provides guidance on the impact of INA §274B on an employer’s use of an identity-verifying test in order to prevent identity fraud by prospective or newly hired employees.
    AILA Doc. No. 09122959.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on LPR Reverification(538 KB - 12/23/2009)
    A 12/23/09 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel Katherine Baldwin provides guidance on the reverification requirements for an LPR employee who originally submitted a valid foreign passport and machine-readable immigrant visa (I-551 stamp).
    AILA Doc. No. 09122359.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on Constructive Knowledge and Internal Audits(550 KB - 12/4/2009)
    A 12/4/09 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel Katherine Baldwin provides guidance on whether an employer, after conducting an internal audit and finding a document that does not appear to be valid, may require the employee to present other proof of work authorization.
    AILA Doc. No. 09120459.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on “Right to Work” Posters(529 KB - 12/1/2009)
    A 12/1/09 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel Katherine Baldwin provides guidance on whether employers are required to post OSC’s “You Have the Right to Work” poster at work sites.
    AILA Doc. No. 09120159.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on Notice of False Documents(535 KB - 11/19/2009)
    An 11/19/09 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel Katherine Baldwin provides guidance to employers who receive notice from a worker’s compensation carrier that an E-Verified employee presented false documents.
    AILA Doc. No. 09111980.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on Refugees and Asylees(599 KB - 9/21/2009)
    A 9/21/09 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel Katherine Baldwin provides guidance on I-9 verification procedures for asylees and refugees, including proper documentation and the implications of an expired employment authorization card.
    AILA Doc. No. 09092159.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on Pre-Employment Questions for NIV Holders(600 KB - 8/12/2009)
    An 8/12/09 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel Katherine Baldwin provides guidance on pre-employment questions for job applicants who are temporary nonimmigrant visa holders, whose visas will expire in one year or less.
    AILA Doc. No. 09081259.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on Reverification of Expiring LPR Cards(527 KB - 8/6/2009)
    An 8/6/09 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel Katherine Baldwin provides guidance on reverification procedures for workers whose lawful permanent resident cards expire.
    AILA Doc. No. 09080659.
  • DOJ "Do's and Don'ts" for Employers on E-Verify(201 KB - 7/14/2009)
    Guidance for employers regarding E-Verify from the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices, Civil Rights Division, DOJ.
    AILA Doc. No. 09071468.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on Visa Sponsorship Policies(593 KB - 5/1/2009)
    A 5/1/09 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel states that decisions not to recruit, hire, or fire individuals based solely on their need for visa sponsorship, currently or in the future, would generally not be actionable under the INA’s anti-discrimination provisions.
    AILA Doc. No. 09050159.
  • DOJ Letter on E-Verify Document Requirements and Anti-Discrimination Provisions of the INA(531 KB - 4/13/2009)
    DOJ Civil Rights Division letter responds to an inquiry regarding whether the requirement that employers enrolled in E-Verify reject I-9 List B documents that do not contain photographs, and make copies of certain List A documents, violates anti-discrimination provisions of the INA.
    AILA Doc. No. 09041365.
  • EOIR Responds to USA Today Article on Immigration Court Backlogs(19 KB - 4/10/2009)
    In a 3/30/09 letter, Thomas Snow, Acting Director, EOIR, responded to a USA Today article on immigration court backlogs.
    AILA Doc. No. 09041071.
  • Memorandum from the Office of the Attorney General Regarding Commitment to Open Government(560 KB - 3/20/2009)
    A 3/19/09 memorandum from the Office of the Attorney General discusses the Freedom of Information Act and our nation’s commitment to open government.
    AILA Doc. No. 09032061.
  • EOIR Acting Director Snow's Letter to the Washington Post on Public Access to Immigration Proceedings(18 KB - 3/17/2009)
    A 2/23/09 letter from Thomas Snow, Acting Director, EOIR, to Tom Shroder, Editor of the Washington Post, regarding a 2/22/09 Washington Post Magazine article titled "The Outsider." Acting Director Snow states that the article incorrectly describes the public's access to immigration proceedings.
    AILA Doc. No. 09031768.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on Delay of 12/17/08 Interim Final Rule(544 KB - 3/6/2009)
    A 3/6/09 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel Katherine Baldwin notes the delayed implementation of the 12/17/08 interim final rule modifying the list of acceptable I-9 documents and advises employers to use the current I-9 (exp. 6/30/09) until further notice.
    AILA Doc. No. 09030659.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on Social Security Numbers(588 KB - 3/5/2009)
    A 3/5/09 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel Katherine Baldwin provides guidance on pre-employment social security number requirements and E-Verify.
    AILA Doc. No. 09030559.
  • Office of Legal Counsel Opinion on Payment of Back Wages to H-1B Physicians Employed by VA(56 KB - 2/26/2009)
    A 2/11/08 DOJ Office of Legal Counsel opinion concludes that the statute authorizing the H-1B program does not waive the federal Government’s sovereign immunity, therefore the award of back wages to eleven alien physicians employed by VA hospitals who were not paid the the prevailing wage is barred.
    AILA Doc. No. 09022668.
  • DOJ Office of Legal Counsel Opinion on Meaning of Temporary Worker under the Statute(71 KB - 2/26/2009)
    A 12/18/08 memo from John Elwood, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, on the meaning of "temporary worker" under 8 USC §1101(A)(15)(H)(II)(B), concludes that USCIS’s then-proposed and now-final H-2B regulation represents a permissible construction of the statute.
    AILA Doc. No. 09022664.
  • Duff Memo on Prosecution of Fraudulent Document Possession Crimes Under the Identification Fraud Statute(900 KB - 2/19/2009)
    A 1/22/09 memo from James Duff, Dir. of the Admin. Office of the U.S. Courts, transmits a letter from Kenneth Melson, Dir. of the Exec. Office for U.S. Attorneys, noting that some defendants convicted of possessing false, stolen, or unlawfully produced ID docs. may have been incorrectly sentenced.
    AILA Doc. No. 09021964.
  • EOIR Searchable Cumulative Index of Precedent Decisions Volumes 16-24(384 KB - 2/18/2009)
    EOIR has made accessible a searchable cumulative index of precedent decisions for volumes 16-24, and interim decisions 2526 to 3633.
    AILA Doc. No. 09021837.
  • Snow Memo on Protective Orders and the Sealing of Records in Immigration Proceedings(168 KB - 2/12/2009)
    A 2/9/09 Operating Policies and Procedures Memorandum (OPPM) from Thomas Snow, Acting Chief Immigration Judge, EOIR, provides guidance regarding issuance of protective orders and sealing of records in immigration proceedings.
    AILA Doc. No. 09021272.
  • Snow Memo on Classified Information in Immigration Court Proceedings(102 KB - 2/12/2009)
    A 2/5/09 Operating Policies and Procedures Memorandum (OPPM) from Thomas Snow, Acting Chief Immigration Judge, EOIR, provides guidance on the proper handling of classified information in Immigration Court proceedings.
    AILA Doc. No. 09021271.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on Certificates of Birth Abroad(526 KB - 2/10/2009)
    A 2/10/09 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel Katherine Baldwin provides guidance on whether a certificate of birth abroad issued by the U.S. consulate in Montreal (Form FS-240) is an acceptable List C document for I-9 verification purposes.
    AILA Doc. No. 09021059.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on Meaning of “Protected Person”(1073 KB - 1/23/2009)
    A 1/23/09 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel provides guidance on the meaning of “protected person” as it pertains to LPRs under the INA anti-discrimination provisions, and whether LPRs may work in the export control sector if they are not “protected persons.”
    AILA Doc. No. 09012359.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on Residency Requirement for Criminal Checks(535 KB - 1/22/2009)
    A 1/22/09 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel provides guidance on the impact of INA §274B on an employer’s requirement that employees submit to a criminal background check, but in order to conduct the check, the employee must have resided in the U.S. for five years.
    AILA Doc. No. 09012259.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on Selective Use of E-Verify(547 KB - 1/12/2009)
    A 1/12/09 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel Katherine Baldwin provides guidance on whether a designated E-Verify agent may selectively verify employees under E-Verify at the request of employer clients.
    AILA Doc. No. 09011259.
  • OSC Technical Assistance Letter on Timing and Acceptable Documents(591 KB - 1/8/2009)
    A 1/8/09 letter from DOJ Deputy Special Counsel Katherine Baldwin provides guidance on whether particular documents can be accepted for employment eligibility verification purposes and about the timing of the verification process.
    AILA Doc. No. 09010859.
 
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