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11/05/19

Continuation of Documentation for TPS Beneficiaries for Six Countries; Documents Auto-Extended Through Jan. 4, 2021

DHS today announced a Federal Register notice extending the validity of TPS-related documentation for beneficiaries under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan through Jan. 4, 2021. The notice automatically extends the validity of Employment Authorization Documents (EADs); Forms I-797, Notice of Action; and Forms I-94, Arrival/Departure Record.

DHS is extending the TPS documentation in compliance with the preliminary injunctions of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in Ramos, et al. v. Nielsen, et. al. and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Saget, et. al., v. Trump, et. al., and with the order of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to stay proceedings in Bhattarai v. Nielsen.

Completing Form I-9

When completing or updating Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, follow the chart below to determine which documents a current TPS beneficiary from these countries may present, as well as the new expiration date of their automatically extended EADs:

If the employee’s EAD has category code of A-12 or C-19 and a Card Expires date of: Enter the new expiration date of the employee’s automatically extended EAD on Form I-9:     You must reverify the employee before they start work on:
07/22/2017 01/04/2021 01/05/2021
11/02/2017 01/04/2021 01/05/2021
01/05/2018 01/04/2021 01/05/2021
01/22/2018 01/04/2021 01/05/2021
03/09/2018 01/04/2021 01/05/2021
06/24/2018 01/04/2021 01/05/2021
07/05/2018 01/04/2021 01/05/2021
11/02/2018 01/04/2021 01/05/2021
01/05/2019  01/04/2021 01/05/2021
04/02/2019 01/04/2021 01/05/2021
06/24/2019 01/04/2021 01/05/2021
07/22/2019 01/04/2021 01/05/2021
09/09/2019 01/04/2021 01/05/2021
01/02/2020 01/04/2021 01/05/2021
01/05/2020 01/04/2021 01/05/2021
03/24/2020 01/04/2021 01/05/2021

Find more details on the USCIS TPS page  and instructions for completing Form I-9 on the I-9 Central TPS page.

10/28/19

E-Verify Records Disposal

On Jan. 2, 2020, USCIS will dispose of E-Verify records that are more than 10 years old, which are those dated on or before Dec. 31, 2009. E-Verify employers have until Dec. 31, 2019, to download case information from the Historic Records Report if they want to retain information about these E-Verify cases.

For more information and guidance on downloading the Historic Records Report, see the fact sheet (PDF) and instructions for downloading (PDF).

Employers are required to record the E-Verify case verification number on the corresponding Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, or attach a copy of the case details page to the Form I-9. Employers should retain the Historic Records Report with the Forms I-9.

09/27/19

TPS SUDAN, NICARAGUA, HAITI, AND EL SALVADOR REMINDER: Certain EADs Remain Valid through Jan. 2, 2020

Employment authorization documents (EADs) with a category code of “A-12” or “C-19” and a Card Expires date as indicated in the chart below, remain valid through Jan. 2, 2020.

2017

2018

2019

07/22/2017

01/05/2018

01/05/2019

11/02/2017

01/22/2018

04/02/2019

 

03/09/2018

07/22/2019

 

11/02/2018

09/09/2019

 

USCIS automatically extended these EADs, which were issued to eligible beneficiaries under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, and El Salvador. Current employees with these EADs continue to be authorized to work. Employers should not reverify until Jan. 3, 2020. For information on completing Form I-9 for new employees who present this EAD, see the Federal Register notice and then refer to I-9 Central’s TPS page.

09/24/19

TPS for Syria Extended for 18 Months; EADs Automatically Extended Through March 28, 2020

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan announced that the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Syria has been extended for 18 months, through March 31, 2021. Current beneficiaries who want to maintain their status must re-register September 23, 2019 through November 22, 2019.

Given the timeframes for processing TPS re-registration applications, USCIS has automatically extended the validity of certain Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) issued under the TPS designation of Syria through March 28, 2020.

Completing Form I-9

When completing or updating Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, follow this chart to determine which documents a current TPS beneficiary of Syria may present, as well as the new expiration date of their automatically extended EADs.

Find more details about this extension on the TPS designation for Syria page and instructions for completing Form I-9 on the I-9 Central TPS page.

09/05/19

Form I-9 and E-Verify Guidance During Hurricane Season

All Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, requirements remain in effect for areas affected by hurricanes. All employers must continue to complete and retain Form I-9 for all individuals they hire.

See our hurricane fact sheet (PDF, 137 KB) for more information on how employers should complete Form I-9 if an employee’s documents are lost, stolen, or damaged.

09/03/19

New E-Verify Videos

All E-Verify videos are now located on the new E-Verify video resources page, your one-stop location for important topics you need to know about E-Verify. Watch our videos on E-Verify.gov to learn about the benefits of the program, how to create a case, and employee rights.

08/27/19

Continue to Use the Current Form I-9 for Employment Eligibility Verification

Until further notice, employers should continue using the Form I-9 currently available on I-9 Central, even after the expiration date of Aug. 31, has passed.

We will provide updated information about the new version of the Form I-9 as it becomes available.

Employers must complete Form I-9 for all newly-hired employees to verify their identity and authorization to work in the United States.

08/12/19

The fourth video in our E-Verify small business series is now available

We understand the day-to-day realities of running a business and built E-Verify with employer’s needs and concerns in mind. The fourth video in our small business series illustrates how E-Verify can help businesses simplify the employment eligibility verification process.

Watch the fourth video in our series: E-Verify Small Business: What shapes your success, then visit E-Verify.gov and enroll with confidence.

07/22/19

E-Verify small business video series now available

We understand the day-to-day realities of running a business and built E-Verify with employer’s needs and concerns in mind. Over the next several weeks, we’ll release a series of videos that illustrates how employers can use E-Verify to simplify the employment eligibility verification process.

Watch the first video in the series: E-Verify Small Business: What drives your success, then visit E-Verify.gov and enroll with confidence.

07/08/19

Watch our new E-Verify Benefits video

Discover E-Verify’s key benefits and functions in the E-Verify Benefits video. In less than two minutes, learn about the simple, effective, and efficient tool that businesses and employers can use to confirm their workforce’s employment eligibility.

You can also connect with us on Twitter (@EVerify) and on Facebook. Don’t forget to subscribe to GovDelivery to receive the latest E-Verify email updates, and text “EVERIFY UPDATES” to 468311 to get the latest E-Verify updates.

07/03/19

“Northern Mariana Islands Long-Term Legal Residents Relief Act” Guidance for Certain Individuals Present in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)

USCIS announced it will automatically extend parole, and employment authorization if applicable, for certain residents of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). This specific extension of parole as authorized by law will provide relief while USCIS establishes procedures for obtaining the new CNMI Resident status, which was created by the Northern Mariana Islands Long-Term Legal Residents Relief Act (PDF) (Public Law 116-24), signed by President Trump on June 25, 2019.

Please visit the USCIS Website for more information.

You can also connect with us on Twitter (@EVerify) and on Facebook. Don’t forget to subscribe to GovDelivery to receive the latest E-Verify email updates, and text “EVERIFY UPDATES” to 468311 to get the latest E-Verify updates.

06/20/19

Employers—Are You Accepting a Restricted Social Security Card?

You can only accept unrestricted Social Security cards as a List C document.

Do not accept an employee’s restricted Social Security card that is stamped with one of the following restrictions:

  • “VALID FOR WORK ONLY WITH DHS AUTHORIZATION”
  • “VALID FOR WORK ONLY WITH INS AUTHORIZATION”
  • “NOT VALID FOR EMPLOYMENT”

Sample Restricted Social Security Card w/Stamp "VALID FOR WORK ONLY WITH DHS AUTHORIZATION"

06/05/19

Public Comment Period for Form I-9 Extension Open Until July 5, 2019

USCIS published a Federal Register notice to invite public comments on our proposed extension of Form I-9 before it expires on August 31.

The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 requires a 60-day and a 30-day comment period for this Form I-9 extension. The second comment period will be open for 30 days, until July 5, 2019.

05/28/19

Not All Nonimmigrants Are Eligible to Work

Some nonimmigrants are employment authorized incident to status in the U.S., which means they are eligible to work based on their nonimmigrant status or are eligible to apply for employment authorization. However, other nonimmigrants, such as temporary visitors for pleasure, are not eligible to work in the U.S.

Temporary visitors for pleasure typically receive a Form I-94 with a B-2, WT, GT, or GMT class of admission. Employers should not accept a nonimmigrant’s Form I-94 with these admission codes as evidence of employment authorization.

For information on acceptable documents for nonimmigrants, visit the Acceptable Documents page or see the Handbook for Employers (M-274), Section 7.0; Evidence of Status for Certain Categories.

05/10/19

Continuation of Documentation for TPS Beneficiaries from Nepal; TPS Nepal Documents Auto-Extended Through March 24, 2020

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a Federal Register Notice announcing actions to comply with the order of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to stay proceedings in Bhattarai v. Nielsen, No. 19-cv-00731 (N.D. Cal. March 12, 2019). The parties’ disputes in Bhattarai v. Nielsen are similar to, and will be informed by, the disputes being litigated in Ramos v. Nielsen, No. 18-cv-01554 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 3, 2018).  For this reason, DHS will not implement or enforce the decision to terminate TPS for Nepal or Honduras during the pendency of the Ramos v. Nielsen appeal, or by other order of the court.

DHS is also automatically extending the validity of TPS-related Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), Forms I–797, Notice of Action (Approval Notice), and Forms I–94 (Arrival/Departure Record) for beneficiaries under the TPS designation for Nepal through March 24, 2020.  Note that beneficiaries under the TPS designation for Honduras either have or will receive TPS-related EADs valid through January 5, 2020.  For this reason, the automatic extension discussed in this article does not apply to them. 

Completing Form I-9

When completing or updating Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, follow the chart below to determine which documents a current TPS beneficiary from Nepal may present, as well as the new expiration date of their automatically extended EADs:

If the “Card Expires” date on the employee’s EAD is:

 

Then, to complete Form I-9, your employee
may present this Federal Register Notice
along with the EAD that contains
a category of A12 or C19

Enter the new expiration date of the automatically extended EAD on Form I-9:

You must reverify them before they start work on:

June 24, 2018

March 24, 2020

March 25, 2020

June 24, 2019

March 24, 2020

March 25, 2020

Find more details about these extensions on the TPS designation for Nepal pages and instructions for completing Form I-9 on the I-9 Central TPS page.

05/07/19

New I-9 Central Page

Need help understanding if your employee’s work authorization has been extended? Visit our new Employment Authorization Extensions page.

04/12/19

Public Comment Period for Form I-9 Extension Open Until April 30

USCIS published a Federal Register notice (PDF) to invite public comments on our proposed extension of Form I-9 before it expires on Aug. 31.

The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 requires a 60-day and a 30-day comment period for this Form I-9 extension. The first 60-day comment period will be open until April 30.

04/05/19

TPS for South Sudan Extended for 18 Months; EADs Automatically Extended Through Oct. 29, 2019

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced that the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for South Sudan has been extended for 18 months, through Nov. 2, 2020. Current beneficiaries who want to maintain their status must re-register between April 5 , 2019, and June 4, 2019.

Given the timeframes for processing TPS re-registration applications, USCIS has automatically extended the validity of certain Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) issued under the TPS designation of South Sudan through Oct. 29, 2019.

Completing Form I-9

When completing or updating Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, follow this chart to determine which documents a current TPS beneficiary of South Sudan may present, as well as the new expiration date of their automatically extended EADs.

Find more details about this extension on the TPS designation for South Sudan page and instructions for completing Form I-9 on the I-9 Central TPS page.

04/04/19

DED for Liberia Continued through March 30, 2020; EADs Extended Through Sept. 27, 2019

On March 28, 2019, President Trump issued a memorandum directing Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to extend the deferred enforced departure (DED) wind-down period for eligible Liberians for 12 months and to provide for continued work authorization through March 30, 2020. Eligible Liberians may apply for new EADs covering this extended wind-down period. In order to allow sufficient time for affected individuals to file and for USCIS to process their applications, DHS is automatically extending DED-related EADs with a printed expiration date of March 31, 2019, and bearing the code “A-11” for an additional 180 days through Sept. 27, 2019.

Completing Form I-9

When completing or updating Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, refer to this Federal Register notice and the Liberia DED page, which provides confirmation that your employee’s EAD, if it has an expiration date of March 31, 2019, and states A-11 under Category, is automatically extended for six months through Sept. 27, 2019. After Sept. 28, 2019, you will be required to reverify this employee’s work authorization on Form I-9.

Find more details on the end of DED for Liberia on I-9 Central and instructions for completing Form I-9 on the Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure page.

03/29/19

Continuation of Filing Procedures for Employment Authorization and Automatic Extension of Existing Employment Authorization Documents for Eligible Liberians Before Period of Deferred Enforced Departure Ends

On March 28, 2019, President Trump, after consulting relevant executive branch agencies, issued a memorandum extending the wind-down period for Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for an additional 12 months, through March 30, 2020, for certain eligible Liberians.  During this time, such individuals may remain in the United States. The president also directed DHS Secretary Nielsen to provide for continued work authorization for Liberian DED beneficiaries. USCIS will publish a notice in the Federal Register with information on the six-month automatic extension, through Sept. 27, 2019, of employment authorization documents (EADs) currently held by eligible Liberians under DED and instructions on how they can obtain EADs for the remainder of the DED wind-down period.

For more information see: /humanitarian/deferred-enforced-departure/ded-granted-country-liberia/ded-granted-country-liberia. Liberian nationals or their employers may also contact the USCIS Contact Center at 1-800-375-5283.

03/21/19

Updating Your E-Verify Password?

E-Verify’s self-service options allow users to access and manage their account online.

Users can reset their login ID or password at https://e-verify.uscis.gov/web. These self-service options are part of E-Verify’s ongoing effort to improve the user experience.

03/15/19

New Right to Work Poster

The Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) released a redesigned version of its “Right to Work” poster. The redesigned poster offers information to prospective and current employees about the legal right to work in the U.S. and a law that protects legally-authorized workers from discrimination based on their citizenship status and national origin. E-Verify employers must display the E-Verify Participation poster and the IER Right to Work poster in English and Spanish in a prominent place that is clearly visible to prospective employees and all employees who will have their employment eligibility confirmed with E-Verify as stated in the E-Verify User Manual.

03/06/19

TPS Alert

On Oct. 3, 2018, in Ramos, et al. v. Nielsen, et al., No. 18-cv-01554 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 3, 2018)  (PDF, 458 KB), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California enjoined DHS from implementing and enforcing the decisions to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, and El Salvador, pending further resolution of the case.

On March 1, 2019, DHS announced its continued compliance with the preliminary injunction in a Federal Register Notice that extends the validity of TPS-related documentation for beneficiaries from Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, and El Salvador. Instructions for completing Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, for these beneficiaries and information about verifying their continued TPS before agencies can be found in the Notice, as well as on the specific TPS country pages and the Update on Ramos v. Nielsen page, all available on the USCIS website.

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