What's New Archive
New Spanish Language Employee Rights Webinar (2/19/14)
Beginning February 27, 2014, the E-Verify and Form I-9 Employee Rights webinar will be offered in Spanish. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices are co-presenters of this free live webinar. Spanish speaking worker advocates, workers, and job seekers are encouraged to attend. Pre-registration is not required. Please add to your calendar and click here to join one of these webinars:
See our flyer for more information.
New: Form I-9 Video Vignettes! (2/10/14)
On February 10, 2014, USCIS released three Form I-9 video vignettes to demonstrate how to properly complete each section of the Form I-9. View all three vignettes to gain knowledge about each data field, deadlines, reverification rules, and much more. Each vignette, in four minutes or less, walks the viewer through the key steps.
Visit I-9 Central or view the Handbook for Employers Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (M274) for more information.
New Year, New Milestone, New Web Features! (1/23/14)
Half a Million Enployers Enrolled in E-Verify!
E-Verify reached a significant milestone at the end of 2013; the 500,000th employer enrolled. To commemorate this landmark, the E-Verify website has a new look that includes more plain language and easy-to-follow graphics, including a new interactive History and Milestones page and an “E-Verify for Business Leaders” video that introduces the program’s benefits to prospective users. Learn more about this exciting chapter for E-Verify!
New and Revised E-Verify MOUs Released (1/6/14)
On December 8, 2013, E-Verify released three revised Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) for E-Verify browser users and three new MOUs for Web Services users and developers.
The new and revised MOUs became effective for new users on December 8, 2013, and for existing users on January 8, 2014. Existing users will not need to execute a new MOU. For more information, including a list of E-Verify enhancements and copies of the new and revised MOUs, please see the following:
Outreach will host two E-Verify Existing Users webinars to explain these recent enhancements:
Please sign up for a webinar at www.uscis.gov/e-verify. All are invited to attend!
Mobile Access to E-Verify: Join the Listening Session (12/16/13)
On December 18, beginning at 2:00pm, you’re invited to discuss the future of E-Verify mobile access. Register for this listening session or visit www.E-VerifyListens.ideascale.com to share about your experience accessing E-Verify on a mobile device and how we might improve the experience.
New Issue of E-Verify Connection
Check out the December issue of E-Verify Connection, the e-newsletter with valuable information for ALL employers. You’ll see the updated format; just like the posters, the newsletter now takes less ink to print.
New and Revised E-Verify MOUs Released
On December 8, 2013, E-Verify released three revised Memorandums of Understanding (MOU), for E-Verify browser users and three new MOUs for Web Services users and developers.
The new and revised MOUs become effective for new users on December 8, 2013, and for existing users on January 8, 2014. Existing users will not need to execute a new MOU. For more information, including a list of E-Verify enhancements and copies of the new and revised MOUs, please see the:
Revised Posters, Thanks to You!
Revised E-Verify Participation and Right to Work posters are now available. Download them in English and Spanish today. Although the previous versions of the posters are still acceptable, we hope you will be pleased that they now require less ink to print…just as you suggested on E-Verify Listens.
Coming Soon –Revised and New E-Verify MOUs
On Dec. 8, 2013, E-Verify will release revised Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) for E-Verify browser users and new MOUs for users accessing E-Verify through Web services.
Current E-Verify users will not be required to execute a new MOU, but are bound by any and all enhancements to the E-Verify program including the new or revised MOU that applies to their access method. Current users should become familiar with the new or revised MOU that applies to their access method.
Employers who join the E-Verify program on or after Dec. 8, 2013 will execute a new or revised MOU (Revision Date 06/01/2013) during enrollment. Please visit the MOU webpage for a preview of the revised and new MOUs and to read more information about this release, including what it means for existing users.
E-Verify revised and added new the MOUs in response to customer feedback and to update the MOUs with policy and process changes. Users will find that the new versions have more plain language and are easier to understand.
Please join us for a stakeholder teleconference on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 and Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (EST) to discuss the new and revised MOUs.
New E-Verify Enhancement to Help Prevent Fraud
On November 18, 2013, E-Verify announced an enhancement that will help identify and deter fraudulent use of Social Security numbers (SSNs) for employment eligibility verification. E-Verify is now able to detect patterns that indicate an SSN may have been used fraudulently. The enhancement strengthens the integrity of the E-Verify program by implementing standards that have proven effective in protecting individual identities. There will be no change to the E-Verify process for employers as a result of this enhancement.
For more information, see the Press Release.
Collecting Ideas for Mobile E-Verify solutions
In our effort to continuously improve the convenience of E-Verify case processing, we are seeking your feedback for future mobile E-Verify solutions. We welcome your ideas and ask that you submit your suggestions on E-Verify Listens.
Temporary Protected Status Extended for Somalians
The Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Somalia has been extended for an additional 18 months, from March 18, 2014 through September 17, 2015. There will be no automatic extension of employment authorization documents for TPS beneficiaries from Somalia.
Current Somalian TPS beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from October 31, 2013, through December 30, 2013. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) encourages beneficiaries to register as soon as possible within the 60-day re-registration period. Please note that there is no e-filing offered: All Somalia TPS re-registrations must be submitted by mail.
Certain nationals of Somalia (or aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided in Somalia) who have not previously applied for TPS may be eligible to apply under the late initial registration provisions, if they meet: (1) At least one of the late initial filing criteria and (2) all TPS eligibility criteria (including continuous residence in the United States since May 1, 2012, and continuous physical presence in the United States since September 18, 2012).
Please see www.uscis.gov for more information about TPS for Somalia.
E-Verify Adds Updated Web Content
On October 30th, with the launch of the new USCIS website, E-Verify unveiled updated web content that responds to customer feedback and external web audits. The website also now has shortened and easier to remember URLs, streamlined navigational tools, and more.
Some of the new pages are :
Some updated pages are:
E-Verify is Available
All E-Verify features and services are now available. Please see the information that addresses employer and employee questions about how the federal government’s shutdown affected E-Verify and Form I-9.
The New Further Action Notice makes the TNC process more efficient
Beginning September 9, 2013, E-Verify users will find that the Tentative Nonconfirmation (TNC) Notice and Referral Letter have been combined into the new Further Action Notice. The new notice gives instructions to the employer and the employee. If the employee decides to contest the TNC, the employer will print and issue the new Referral Date Confirmation Notice that informs the employee of the date by which they must initiate contact DHS or SSA to begin resolving the TNC. The TNC process for employers has also been streamlined. E-Verify users will also notice fewer screens making the process more efficient.
Communication to the employee is also enhanced with the plain language Further Action Notice. Further, a new employee TNC email notification has been added to those released in July 2013. This email informs the employee of the date by which contact with DHS or SSA must be initiated to resolve the TNC.
Users will complete a short tutorial and knowledge check when accessing E-Verify for the first time after the enhancements are released to learn about the changes.
Iowa Joins RIDE Starting Sept. 8
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that beginning September 8, 2013, Iowa will be the next state to join the Records and Information from DMVs for E-Verify (RIDE) Program. RIDE helps to reduce document fraud and boosts the accuracy of E-Verify employment eligibility verifications.
Learn more about Driver’s License Verification.
More Enhancements Coming to E-Verify – September 2013
E-Verify will roll out new enhancements in September 2013. The Tentative Nonconfirmation (TNC) process will be enhanced with the new Further Action Notice that will replace the current TNC Notification and Referral Letter.
Join us for our Stakeholder Teleconference on the new Further Action Notice and the other changes to the TNC process.
Please Do Not Submit Test Cases in E-Verify
USCIS wants to remind employers that they may not create test cases in E-Verify and that E-Verify’s Monitoring and Compliance Branch (M&C) monitors this behavior. Employers violate the terms of the MOUat Article II.C.8 if they use the E-Verify system for any unauthorized purpose and this includes creating practice cases using fake names or Social Security numbers.
If you need more information on using E-Verify, USCIS provides manyvideos and guidance materials on its E-Verify website. USCIS also offers free webinars to employers and employees to explain and demonstrate how to use E-Verify.
Read E-Verify Connection, July 2013
The July issue of E-Verify Connection reports about E-Verify’s latest enhancements, includes updates for all employers on the automated Form I-94, and has a host of information for our Spanish speaking stakeholders. All this and so much more can be found in this exciting two page edition of E-Verify Connection. Download your issue today!
USCIS Seeks Volunteers for Enhanced Form I-9 Study
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has been developing a new version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, that contains enhancements designed to assist employers in complying with the law and reducing errors employers and employees commonly make when completing Form I-9.
Before we propose the enhanced form and invite public comment on the proposal as mandated under the Paperwork Reduction Act, USCIS is seeking nine employers from the public to volunteer to assist in a study to determine how much time it takes employers to complete an enhanced version of Form I-9 that USCIS is developing.
The study will be administered at USCIS offices in Washington, D.C., on September 3, 2013; September 5, 2013; or September 6, 2013 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Administration of the study will be no more than 1.5 hours. USCIS will not provide any compensation to reimburse participants for any expenses, including time or travel.
All interested employers, large and small, are invited to submit a request to volunteer to participate in the study. USCIS will randomly select four large employers and five small employers from all submissions received by the deadline of August 15, 2013. Multiple submissions by the same employer will not be included in the random selection process.
USCIS will contact the Point of Contact provided on the volunteer request submission of selected employers by August 23, 2013 to schedule an appointment to participate in the study. The Point of Contact provided by the employer must be an individual who will represent the employer at the study. At the study, the individual will be requested to play the role of an employer completing Section 2 and/or Section 3 of the Form I-9.
Employers interested in participating in the study may submit a request to volunteer by e-mailing the following information to I-9Central@dhs.gov by August 15, 2013 with “Enhanced Form I-9 Study” in the subject line:
Name of Company:
Address of Company:
Is your company/entity considered “small” under SBA guidelines? (Yes) (No)
Point of Contact:
Telephone Number of Point of Contact:
E-mail Address of Point of Contact:
Availability: (September 3) (September 5) (September 6)
Independent Reports Rate E-Verify Favorably
The results of four reports completed on E-Verify in 2010 highlighting the general accuracy of the program and user experiences have been posted on the E-Verify Program Reports page. These reports show that E-Verify is a reliable, efficient and accurate tool for verifying an employee’s eligibility to workin the United States, and that the system continues to improve as the program expands.
Update to RIDE
Beginning July 14, 2013 Idaho is the newest state to join the Records and Information from DMVs for E-Verify (RIDE) Program. RIDE helps to reduce document fraud and boosts the accuracy of E-Verify employment verifications.
On June 13, 2011, USCIS launched RIDE. This feature allows the E-Verify Program to validate the authenticity of driver’s licenses presented by employees as Form I-9 identity documents. Mississippi and Florida also participate in the RIDE program.
Learn more about Driver’s License Verification.
E-Verify E-Mail Notifications to Employees
E-Verify announced a new customer service enhancement that will send e-mail notifications to employees when there is an information mismatch. This latest enhancement to E-Verify is made possible by a recent revision to Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9. The revised Form I-9 allows employees to voluntarily provide their e-mail address. If a Tentative Nonconfirmation (TNC) is received, employees who have provided their e-mail address will be directly notified of the TNC.
Employers will notice a new data field in E-Verify asking for the employee’s e-mail address. When the employee provides an e-mail address on Form I-9, employers are required to enter it into E-Verify. The new e-mail notification process does not replace the current TNC process. Employers are still required to notify employees of TNCs and their right to contest.
For more information click here.
Second Stakeholder Conference on Revised Form I-9
On May 7, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invited interested individuals to participate in a second stakeholder teleconference. Subject matter experts (SME) spoke on revisions to Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification, and the form’s instructions. In addition to discussing revisions to the form, SME’s also answered questions from stakeholders about the form. Please refer to the Questions and Answers and the Executive Summary from the stakeholder teleconference for more information.
I-94 Automation Update
Employers and employees should be aware that their responsibilities for completing Form I-9 have not changed due to Form I-94 automation.
On your employee's first day of work for pay, they must complete Section 1 of Form I-9. If your employee selects that they are an “Alien Authorized to Work” they must either provide their Alien Registration Number (A-Number)/USCIS Number or their Form I-94 Admission Number.
If your employee cannot complete Form I-9, which includes providing all required information, they may not work for pay. Employers continuing to employee an individual who did not complete Form I-9 may be subject to fines and penalties.
For Participating E-Verify Employers:
You cannot create an E-Verify case until the Form I-9 is complete. If your employee cannot complete the Form I-9, you may not create a case.
If CBP issued you an electronic Form I-94 upon your admission to the United States at an airport or seaport, you should be able to access your Form I-94 information from the CBP website at http://cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/id_visa/i-94_instructions/. If you are unable to access your Form I-94 information from the CBP website, you should call or go to a CBP deferred inspection to correct the problem. For more information about Deferred Inspection Sites you may click here. In the alternative, you may file Form I-102 with USCIS and request your Form I-94; however, there is a filing fee and this process may take weeks.
Syrian Nationals May be Eligible to Register or Re-register for TPS and Obtain New Employment Authorization
USCIS encourages employers to ensure their employees know that the Secretary of Homeland Security has re-designated Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and has extended the existing TPS designation for Syria from Oct. 1, 2013 through March 31, 2015. This re-designation allows eligible nationals of Syria (or persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Syria) in the United States to register or re-register for TPS in accordance with the Federal Register notice. Please see I-9 Central for more information.>
Temporary Protected Status Extended for Salvadorans
The Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador has been extended for an additional 18 months, from September 10, 2013 through March 9, 2015.
Current Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from May 30, 2013, through July 29, 2013. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) encourages beneficiaries to register as soon as possible within the 60-day re-registration period.
The 18-month extension also allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Eligible Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries who re-register on time will receive a new EAD with an expiration date of March 9, 2015. USCIS recognizes that all re-registrants may not receive their new EADs until after their current EADs expire. Therefore, USCIS is extending the current TPS El Salvador EAD bearing a September 9, 2013, expiration date for an additional six months, through March 9, 2014.
Please see I-9 Central for more information about TPS for El Salvador.
Revised Form I-9 Stakeholder Conference
On March 11, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invited interested individuals to participate in a stakeholder teleconference. Subject matter experts (SME) spoke on revisions to Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification, and the form’s instructions. In addition to discussing revisions to the form, SME’s also answered questions from stakeholders about the form. Please refer to the Questions and Answers from the stakeholder teleconference for more information.
E-Verify Connection - Read the Latest!
The May issue of the E-Verify Connection is now available. Read the latest about the revised Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification Form), find out about accessing E-Verify from your mobile device, and much more. Read Issue 13 of E-Verify Connection.
On April 30, 2013 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) automated the Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record, process at air and sea ports and will expand the automated process nationwide to all air and sea ports of entry by the end of May. CBP will continue to provide the paper Forms I-94 to certain classes of aliens arriving to the United States by air or sea, such as refugees, certain asylees and parolees, and whenever CBP determines the issuance of the paper Form I-94 is appropriate. Additionally, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will continue to issue the paper Form I-94 to aliens who are already in the United States.
How will this affect E-Verify?
CBP I-94 record automation will not affect E-Verify. If your employee provided their foreign passport with their Form I-94 arrival/departure record, you will be required to enter the foreign passport information they provided in Section 1 when creating a case in E-Verify.
How will this affect Form I-9?
Employers may see new Forms I-94 (see example below) presented to them after automation that look different than paper Forms I-94.
The Form I-94 printout from the CBP website is an official Form I-94. However, CBP I-94 record automation will not affect Form I-9. On the current version of Form I-9 (03/08/13)Nemployees that choose to provide their I-94 Admission number, will either:
E-Verify Monitoring & Compliance Listening Sessions
On April 23, 2013, 2:00pm – 3:00pm (EST) E-Verify will host a listening session (Listening Session) to collect feedback from users like you about E-Verify’s Monitoring and Compliance (M&C) team. During this listening session (Listening Session), E-Verify will provide an overview of its M&C activities, which aim to assist E-Verify users with possible compliance issues. E-Verify also welcomes your feedback on experiences with the M&C team. Read the full event invitation (Meeting Invitation) and learn more about how to participate.
Form I-9 Correction Notice Published
On March 8, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the recently revised Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9. USCIS announced in the DATES section of the notice that employers can no longer use prior versions of Form I-9 effective May 7, 2013. USCIS incorrectly described the effective date as beingafter May 7, 2013.
On April 9, 2013, USCIS published a correction notice in the Federal Register. This notice corrects the error and clarifies that employers may no longer use prior versions of the Form I-9 effective May 7, 2013.
For more information about Form I-9, please visit www.uscis.gov/I-9Central.
E-Verify Wraps Up 2012!
Last year proved to be fruitful for the E-Verify program as it added new user resources to its expanding portfolio, engaged users with additional foreign language materials, and provided greater technical enhancements to support more mobile web browsing. Additionally E-Verify launched the Employee Rights Toolkit and the Employee Rights Webinars, Self-Check and it now has over 432,000 employers enrolled to use E-Verify as of February 2013. For more information read the End of Year Blog.
Employees from Honduras or Nicaragua with Expiring EADs May Still Be Authorized to Work
Employees from Hondurasor Nicaraguawho have Temporary Protected Status (TPS) have had their employment authorizations automatically extended until January 5, 2014, even if the employees have not yet obtained a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD). For detailed information, please visit our I-9 Central What’s New page.
Special Edition of E-Verify Connection Available
The March Issue of E-Verify Connection is now available. In this issue you can read all about the exciting improvements USCIS has made to the Form I-9. Stay up-to-date about the latest Form I-9 news by taking a free webinar. For more information about the changes to the Form view the updated Handbook for Employers, Guidance for Completing Form I-9(M-274) on I-9 Central.
New Form I-9 Released
On March 8, 2013, USCIS released a new EmploymentEligibilityVerification Form I-9. Employers should begin using the new Form I-9 with revision date 03/08/13 immediately for all new hires. The revision date is on the lower left of the new form (Rev. 03/08/13)N. Employers may continue to use previously valid Forms I-9 (Rev. 08/07/09Y and 02/02/09N) for 60 calendar days. Beginning May 7, 2013, employers must only use the new Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13)N. In the cases of reverification or rehires the new version of the Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13)N must be used. For more information, please refer to the Federal Register notice. You may obtain the new Form I-9 (Rev.03/08/13)N by visiting I-9 Central or the USCIS website.
Here are some of the changes to the I-9:
Employers are required to complete Form I-9 for all newly-hired employees to verify their identity and authorization to work in the United States.
E-Verify Achieves Exceptional 2012 Satisfaction Scores
According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), overall satisfaction with E-Verify improved by one point in 2012, and is four points above the 2010 measure. E-Verify’s score also far surpassed the current federal government’s average score of 67.
E-Verify is also far above average in customer service. Employers reported overall satisfaction with theprogram , and cited that E-Verify is easy to use and navigate. Employers were also impressed with the tutorial, registration and photo matching, which all earned high marks.
Read the entire American Customer Satisfaction Index Survey for E-Verify here.
New Year Edition of E-Verify Connection
The January issue of the E-Verify Connection is now available. Read about the new User Friendly E-Verify Employer Database, find answers to your E-Verify questions in the updated E-Verify Questions and Answers, and find out how you can order the new free Employee Rights Tool Kit DVD/CD. Read Issue 11 of E-Verify Connection.
Mississippi RIDE Update
On January 17, 2013, E-Verify began confirming information on Mississippi state identification cards. If a new employee presents the state-issued identification card as a List B document for Form I-9, you will be required to enter additional information into E-Verify. The verification of the identity card information is similar to the current Driver’s License process. Mississippi and Florida driver’s licenses and state identification cards verification helps strengthen the integrity of E-Verify. Mississippi was the first state to join the E-Verify RIDE in June 2011, with Florida joining in December 2012. Visit our website for more information Driver’s License Verification.
New E-Verify Enrollment Page
The new E-Verify Enrollment page links you to a variety of resources that will help as you make your decision to enroll in E-Verify. You can even view the video How to Enroll in E-Verify. Thinking about enrolling in E-Verify? Find what you need to know by visiting the new E-Verify Enrollment page today!
E-Verify Online Employer Search Tool Available
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is replacing the lists of E-Verify employers and federal contractors that previously appeared on the E-Verify Website with a brand new online search tool.
The E-Verify Employer Search Tool, which gives the public the ability to search and view E-Verify employers, includes exciting new features. Individuals can now search, filter, sort, and export employer results and view employer information by name, state, city, zip code, and workforce size.
Launch the E-Verify Online Employer Search Tool.
Update to RIDE
Florida is the newest state to join the Records and Information from DMVs for E-Verify (RIDE) Program. RIDE helps to reduce document fraud and boosts the accuracy of E-Verify employment verifications. On June 13, 2011, USCIS launched RIDE. This feature allows the E-Verify Program to validate the authenticity of driver’s licenses presented by employees as Form I-9 identity documents. Mississippi was the first state to partner with USCIS to implement RIDE.
Learn more about Driver’s License Verification.
New E-Verify Questions and Answers
E-Verify has redesigned Questions and Answers! The new Questions and Answers provide information to current participants that specifically relates to their role with E-Verify and important topics that may affect their organization. In addition, this new resource includes frequently asked questions and information that is needed before you enroll in E-Verify.
New Employee Rights Webinar for Worker Advocates
The new employee rights webinar will help you help others to understand their rights in the Form I-9 and E-Verify processes. USCIS and the DOJ Civil Rights Division are co-presenters of this free live webinar that explains employee rights and employer responsibilities in the employment eligibility verification process. This webinar also includes a review of Self Check and materials to educate and assist workers. Don’t forget to view and download the creative resources in the Employee Rights Toolkit to share with those you serve.
Workers and job seekers are welcome to attend too.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM EST Attend Session
Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 2:00 PM EST Attend Session
Spanish Language I-9 Central Website Launch
USCIS launched the Spanish language version of I-9 Central. This is a free, user-friendly website that allows employees and employers to access Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, and the updated “Handbook for Employers: Instructions for Completing Form I-9 (M-274).” The website provides crucial resources and tips to assist with the employment eligibility processes, and will serve as a valuable resource to the USCIS’ multilingual customer base.
New Employee Rights Toolkit for workers
To increase awareness about employee rights in the employment eligibility process, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a helpful new online resource - the Employee Rights Toolkit for workers and worker advocates. This toolkit compiles a variety of educational materials such as employee rights videos, informative fliers, brochures, and posters. It also contains information about USCIS Multilingual Engagements and guidance on avoiding immigration scams, or the Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law. Most of the materials are available in English and Spanish. View the entire toolkit online and download it today! Please share the information on the toolkit with your community. Add the toolkit link to your website. You can also order a free E-Verify Employee Rights Toolkit on DVD/CD.
The New Edition of E-Verify Connection is Now Available
Issue 10 of E-Verify Connection is available and contains exciting and informative news such as:
Showing Work Authorization with Form I-94
The Form I-94, Arrival-Departure Record, is a document that can show that you are allowed to work in the United States. Currently, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) may take up to 45 days after you arrive in the United States to put your Form I-94 information into its system. E-Verify uses this system to help confirm you are authorized to work. If your employer uses E-Verify, you may choose to present your unexpired foreign passport along with your unexpired Form I-94 when you and your employer complete the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, during the 45-day period. Doing this may help avoid a delay in completing your E-Verify processing. For more information, please see the CBP website or call CBP at (877) CBP-5511 or TTD: (866) 880-6582.
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 the forms section of http://www.uscis.gov. This form should continue to be used even after the OMB control number expiration date of August 31, 2012 has passed. USCIS 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.
New Edition of E-Verify Connection Available
Don’t miss Issue 9 of E-Verify Connection! Learn about E-Verify Listens, new E-Verify Existing User Webinar, the new lists of E-Verify Employers and Federal Contractors, customized webinars for Florida and Georgia, the new M-274 Handbook for Employers in Spanish, and more. You can also find out when we will be in a city near you in our Outreach section!
Handbook for Employers (M-274) Now in Spanish
USCIS has published a Spanish version of the helpful M-274 Handbook for Employers. Previously this handbook was only available in English. Now in an effort to better serve our customers, USCIS has added the Handbook for Employers in Spanish to its list of foreign language resources.
Just like the English Version, the Spanish M-274 Handbook for Employers (insert link) gives guidance to employers on how to properly complete the Form I-9, (Employment Eligibility Verification Form), and includes a questions and answers section. Visit I-9 Central to view the new Spanish M-274 Handbook for Employers.
E-Verify Listens Wants to Hear From You
USCIS has launched E-Verify Listens, which is a new, free online forum where you can express your ideas about how to improve E-Verify. For the next 6 months, forum members can up-vote or down-vote each other’s ideas. Top ideas will get noticed by E-Verify staff and taken into consideration when improvements are made to E-Verify. Registration is quick, so go to E-Verify Listens today to start sharing your brilliant ideas.
E-Verify has upgraded the presentation that is used during the Existing User Webinar! The new and improved presentation helps you maximize your use of E-Verify’s easy-to-use features, correct common mistakes, prevent avoidable TNCs and use best practices.
Just Released – E-Verify Self-Assessment Guides
USCIS is pleased to give our customers a resource to support their compliant use of E-Verify. Take advantage of these useful tools and begin using the new Self-Assessment Guide for E-Verify Direct Access Users or the Self-Assessment Guide for E-Verify Web Services Users today!
Changes to Form I-797C, Notice of Action
On April 2, 2012, USCIS began issuing a new version of Form I-797C, Notice of Action, on plain bond paper rather than on secure paper. USCIS issues Form I-797C to acknowledge that USCIS has received an application, petition, or other document filed at a USCIS Service Center. If you have filed an application to replace a lost, stolen, or damaged document issued by DHS found on list A or C (e.g., Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551); Employment Authorization Document (Form I-766)), USCIS will issue Form I-797C after accepting the filing. The new version of Form I-797C prominently displays the statement “THIS NOTICE DOES NOT GRANT ANY IMMIGRATION STATUS OR BENEFIT.” Notwithstanding this statement, a Form I-797C receipt notice for the application to replace a lost, stolen, or damaged document continues to be an acceptable receipt for Form I-9 purposes for 90 days. For more information about the new Form I-797C, please click here.
New Edition of E-Verify Connection is Now Available
The March 2012 issue of E-Verify Connection brings you updates about E-Verify’s new Employer’s List, Tips on the Form I-9 and Receipts, Excellence in Government awarded to Self Check as well as the Self Check going nationwide. Just to name a few of the exciting articles in this edition. Read Issue 7 of E-Verify Connection today!
Now Available: E-Verify Employer Lists
Who are the 345,000+ employers enrolled in E-Verify? Now, the lists of E-Verify employers and federal contractors are conveniently available on the E-Verify website.
The E-Verify Employers and Federal Contractors Lists provide the business name, city, state and ZIP code used during registration with E-Verify. They also indicate which businesses are federal contractors and provide other information such as workforce size. Click here to see these lists.
These lists cover employers and federal contractors enrolled in E-Verify through March 15, 2012. The federal contractors list is self-reported and consists of employers who say their federal contract has the E-Verify FAR clause.
USCIS Seeking Public Comment on Revisions to Form I-9
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a notice in the Federal Register on March 27, 2012,inviting public comment on several revisions to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The revisions to Form I-9include:
Self Check National Launch
The public is invited to comment until May 29, 2012, on the revisions under consideration. For more information, see the USCIS Update. USCIS will post information regarding any new version of Form I-9 on I-9 Central. Until a new version is approved and posted, employers must continue to use the current version of the form.
USCIS announces the nationwide launch of Self Check, the free online service that allows individuals in the United States to check their own employment eligibility. This fast, free, voluntary, and secure service is now available in English and Spanish to all 50 States, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. See the USCIS press release here.
Visit the new Self Check webpage to use Self Check and view the demo. Review the updated Self Check Information Tool Kit to see how you can inform others about this great tool for job seekers and others.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will conduct three webinars in March to inform employers and workers residing in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) about Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. There will also be a question and answer period, and a brief review of E-Verify. CNMI employers may now enroll in E-Verify.
Every employer and agricultural recruiter/referrer-for-a-fee must complete a Form I-9 for each individual hired for employment in the United States, as required by federal law. All new employees are required to present proof of employment eligibility and identity to employers during the Form I-9 process. Employers and workers should visit the I-9 Central Web section at www.uscis.gov/I-9Central for more information on Form I-9.
As of November 28, 2011, employers in the CNMI must use the standard Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification when hiring individuals for employment in the CNMI and for reverification. Employers can no longer use the Form I-9 CNMI, which was temporarily used in the CNMI.
Please follow the link to check out the upcoming webinar dates.
E-Verify Now Available in the CNMI
Employers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) may now enroll in E-Verify. E-Verify can verify the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees, including employees with CNMI-Only Transitional Worker (CW-1) or E-2 CNMI Investor (E-2C) nonimmigrant statuses. Enrolling in E-Verify is easy. The E-Verify website has a variety of resources to help you prepare. Visit the Getting Started page of the E-Verify website to explore enrollment resources. The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) page on I-9 Central provides additional Form I-9 guidance for employers hiring individuals in the CNMI.
Employees from El Salvador with Expiring EADs May Still Be Authorized to Work
Employees from El Salvador who have Temporary Protected Status (TPS) have had their employment authorizations automatically extended until September 9, 2012, even if the employees have not yet obtained a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Please visit I-9 Central What's New section for detailed information.
Additional Translated Sample TNC Letters and Referral Notices are Now Available
E-Verify continues to expand its resources to support effective employer – employee communication of the E-Verify tentative nonconfirmation (TNC) and referral processes. In addition to the 9 languages already offered, the TNC notices and referral letters are now available in 4 new languages which include:
To see the completed list of TNC notices and Referral letters please visit our Foreign Language Resources section.
IMPORTANT: If you need to provide your employee with a notice or letter in a language other than English or Spanish you should:
New Form I-9 Guidance Available for Employers Who Hire Individuals from the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Palau
Please visit the new Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Palau page on I-9 Central for information for employers who hire individuals from the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Palau.
Employees from Honduras or Nicaragua with Expiring EADs May Still Be Authorized to Work
Employees from Honduras or Nicaraguawho have Temporary Protected Status(TPS) have had their employment authorizations automatically extended until July 5, 2012, even if the employees have not yet obtained a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD). For detailed information please visit our I-9 Central What's New Archive page.
The latest edition is now online! Want to see if Self Check is available in your state, see what’s new on I-9 Central, or learn how E-Verify protects your privacy? Check out E-Verify Connection. Are you interested in attending a FREE Spanish-language seminar on E-Verify employee rights and responsibilities, or taking a FREE Webinar? Find out about all this and more in Issue 5 of E-Verify Connection.
Employees from Sudan or South Sudan with Expiring EADs May Still Be Authorized to Work
How do I determine if an employee’s expiring EAD has been automatically extended?
To determine if an expiring EAD has been automatically extended, do the following:
How do my employer and I complete Form I-9 (i.e., verification) using an automatically extended EAD for a new job?
When using an automatically extended EAD to fill out Form I-9 for a new job prior to May 2, 2012, you and your employer should do the following:
(1) For Section 1, you should:
a. Check “An alien authorized to work;”
b. Write your alien number (A-number) in the first space (your EAD or other document from DHS will have your A-number printed on it); and
c. Write the automatic extension date in the second space.
(2) For Section 2, employers should:
a. Record the document title;
b. Record the document number; and
c. Record the automatically extended EAD expiration date.
After May 2, 2012, employers must reverify the employee’s employment authorization in Section 3 of Form I-9.
What corrections should my employer and I at my current job make to Form I-9 if my EAD has been automatically extended?
If you are an existing employee who presented an EAD that was valid when you first started your job, but that EAD has now been automatically extended, you and your employer should correct your previously completed Form I-9 as follows:
(1) For Section 1, you should:
a. Draw a line through the expiration date in the second space;
b. Write May 2, 2012, above the previous date;
c. Write “EAD Ext.” in the margin of Section 1; and
d. Initial and date the correction in the margin of Section 1.
(2) For Section 2, employers should:
a. Draw a line through the expiration date written in Section 2;
b. Write May 2, 2012, above the previous date;
c. Write “EAD Ext.” in the margin of Section 2; and
d. Initial and date the correction in the margin of Section 2.
After May 2, 2012, when the automatic extension of EADs expires, employers must reverify the employee’s employment authorization in Section 3.
If I am an employer enrolled in E-Verify, what do I do when I receive a “Work Authorization Documents Expiring” alert for an automatically extended EAD?
If you are an employer who participates in E-Verify, you will receive a “Work Authorization Documents Expiring” case alert when an employee’s EAD is about to expire. Usually, this message is an alert to complete Section 3 of Form I-9 to reverify an employee’s employment authorization. For existing employees with EADs that have been automatically extended, employers should dismiss the E-Verify case alert and follow the instructions above explaining how to correct Form I-9. After May 2, 2012, employment authorization needs to be reverified in Section 3. You should never use E-Verify for reverification.
For more general information about completing or updating Form I-9, consult the Handbook for Employers: Instructions for Completing Form I-9 (M-274).
On October 26, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano testified before Congress on how USCIS has continued to improve E-Verify's accuracy and efficiency, enhance customer service, and reduce fraud and misuse. Click here to view the entire testimony.
USCIS Redesigns Employment Authorization Document and Certificate of Citizenship to Enhance Security and Combat Fraud
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has redesigned the Employment Authorization Document (Form I-766) to ensure a more secure document. The new security features include:
Employers should note that the employee’s alien registration number, commonly known as the A#, is found under the USCIS # heading on the front of the card.
See the Handbook for Employers for examples of earlier versions of the Employment Authorization Document that are still acceptable for Form I-9 purposes.
The redesign of the Employment Authorization Document demonstrates our commitment to producing secure documents. For more information, visit the USCIS website.
18-Month TPS Designation for the Republic of South Sudan and 18-Month Extension of Current TPS Designation for Sudan
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano has designated the new Republic of South Sudan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months and extended the current TPS designation of Sudan for the same period. The designation and extension are both effective Nov. 3, 2011, and will continue throughMay 2, 2013. The announcement of the Secretary’s decisions will be published in the Federal Register on Oct. 13, 2011.
Current TPS beneficiaries have also been granted an automatic six-month extension of their Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) issued under the last extension of Sudan TPS, meaning they will now expire on May 2, 2012. Any individual who has a valid TPS Sudan EAD is covered by this automatic extension, even though USCIS may ultimately register the person under the South Sudan TPS designation and issue a new EAD with his or her new nationality.
Individuals seeking to obtain or maintain their TPS must file their application packages during the 180-day registration period, from Oct. 13, 2011, through April 10, 2012. This approximately six-month registration period is the same for both the TPS Sudan extension and the designation of South Sudan.
The latest version of the Right to Work poster is online. Department of Justice, Office of Special Counsel updated the English and Spanish versions of the poster. We’ve posted them on the Publications page. Be sure to display the latest posters.
Print version of Handbook for Employers (M-274) now available
USCIS has published a limited number of magazine-style color copies of the Handbook for Employers: Instructions for Completing Form I-9 (M-274) Rev. 06/01/11 N. You may order free copies online or by phone.
To order copies online:
To order by phone, call the USCIS Forms Request Line toll-free at 1-800-870-3676. Copies will be sent to you via U.S. Postal Service.
Self Check is now available in Spanish and is expanded to residents of 21 states and the District of Columbia. Self Check, a free, E-Verify service, allows workers to check their own employment eligibility status online.
Self Check is now available to individuals who maintain addresses in: Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; Nevada; New Jersey; New York; Ohio; South Carolina; Texas; Utah; Virginia; Washington; and the District of Columbia.
Self Check gives workers the same access to their employment eligibility status that employers have with E-Verify. Self Check enables workers to use the same information that employers enter into E-Verify, and checks against the same databases that E-Verify checks.
Read the news release.
Read the fact sheet.
The latest edition is now online! Want to see the new Self Check logo, access the new Federal Contractor flyer, learn more about E-Verify’s latest enhancements, such as Driver’s License verification? Check out E-Verify Connection. Are you interested in subscribing for I-9 Central, E-Verify and Self Check website updates, or request a customized webinar? Find out about all this and more in Issue 4 of E-Verify Connection.
E-Verify Can Now Check Driver’s Licenses – Mississippi is the first state to partner
New E-Verify enhancements include a driver’s license check capability. Mississippi is the first state to make its driver’s license data available to E-Verify. The partnership, developed in concert with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, is known as Records and Information from DMVs for E-Verify (RIDE). See the USCIS Press Release or our Fact Sheet to learn more.
Latest E-Verify Enhancement Released – Ease of Use Enhancements
The latest enhancements of E-Verify features many customer focused improvements. This includes added help text, password selection guidelines, and other user interface enhancements. E-Verify now includes help text items that provide ready answers to user questions. There is also a new streamlined enrollment and user registration process. Log into E-Verify today!
Effective May 23, 2011, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) extended the designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, from the current expiration date of July 22, 2011 to January 22, 2013. Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) set to expire on July 22, 2011 will be automatically extended for six months until January 22, 2012. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will issue new EADs with a January 22, 2013 expiration date to eligible TPS beneficiaries who timely re-register and apply for an EAD. For more information regarding the 18-month Haiti TPS Extension, please click here, refer to 76 FR 29000 (Extension Announcement), 76 FR 29777 (EAD Extension) or call the USCIS TPS Hotline at 1-202-272-1533 (not a toll free number).
For more information, visit the I-9 Central What's New page.
You can now find E-Verify web content in Spanish. Like www.dhs.gov/E-Verify, the E-Verify Spanish web pages are organized so visitors can easily find information that meets their specific needs. The E-Verify “Home”, “Contact”, “For Employees”, “For Employers”, “About the Program”, and “What is E-Verify” pages are now available in Spanish. Additional sections will be added soon. The E-Verify Spanish web pages will provide our Spanish-speaking community with an authoritative source of information about their rights and responsibilities and the E-Verify program and process. Visit the new www.dhs.gov/e-verify-espanol today.
E-Verify now has an easier way to request the free use of the E-Verify® Name and Logo. Download the online guidelines and learn how you can get started. E-Verify® is a registered trademark (Mark) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Unauthorized use of the E-Verify® Mark is in violation of trademark law.
Now it only takes a click of a button to request an I E-VerifyTM Seal. The I E-VerifyTM Seal distinguishes employers who commit to maintaining a legal workforce by using E-Verify. Employers that use E-Verify can request an I E-VerifyTM seal, to display in a visible location at their workplace. Download the online guidelines and application and join the I E-VerifyTM campaign today.
On March 21, USCIS launched E-Verify Self Check, the first online E-Verify program offered directly to the U.S. workforce. E-Verify Self Check, a fast, simple, secure and free service, enables individuals to voluntarily check their own employment eligibility status. USCIS is releasing E-Verify Self Check in phases, with the first phase only accessible to users who maintain an address and are physically located in Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Mississippi, Virginia, or the District of Columbia. Visit the E-Verify Self Check website and check your own employment eligibility status. Also view the Self Check Fact Sheet.
Last Reviewed/Updated: 02/26/2014