West African Countries Designated for Temporary Protected Status (11/25/14)
The Secretary of Homeland Security has designated Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for a period of 18 months, effective Nov. 21, 2014 through May 21, 2016. Eligible nationals from these countries (and aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided in any of these countries) must demonstrate that they satisfy all eligibility criteria, including that they have been “continuously residing” since Nov. 20, 2014 and “continuously physically present” in the United States since Nov. 21, 2014. The 180-day TPS registration period begins Nov. 21, 2014 and runs through May 20, 2015.They may also apply for employment authorization documents and for travel authorization.
Employers should be aware that they may have employees from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone who may choose to apply for TPS. Please refer to the Temporary Protected Status page on I-9 Central for more information on completing Form I-9 or reverifying TPS beneficiaries.
TPS Designation, EADs Extended for Honduras and Nicaragua (10/21/14)
The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Honduras and Nicaragua for an additional 18 months, from Jan. 6, 2015 through July 5, 2016. The extension allows current TPS beneficiaries of Honduras and Nicaragua to re-register for TPS in accordance with the Federal Register notice. DHS has also automatically extended the validity of Employment Authorization Documents issued under the TPS designation of Honduras and Nicaragua for six months, through July 5, 2015.
Further details on this extension of TPS for Honduras and Nicaragua may be found in the Federal Register. Additional information on TPS for Honduras and Nicaragua is available at www.uscis.gov/tps. Employers verifying or reverifying the employment eligibility of employees who are TPS beneficiaries from Honduras or Nicaragua should refer to the Temporary Protected Status page on I-9 Central.
President Extends EADs for Qualified Liberian Nationals (10/3/14)
Liberian nationals covered under Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) have had their employment authorization documents, which expire Sept. 30, 2014, automatically extended to be valid through March 30, 2015. For detailed information, please see the Federal Register notice.
Employees: Know Your Rights Quiz now on website! (9/30/14)
E-Verify released an online “Employees: Know Your Rights Quiz.” The interactive quiz has a total of 15 questions (5 questions each on Form I-9, E-Verify and Self-Check). It offers a fun and easy way to test one’s knowledge about Employee Rights.
Last Reviewed/Updated: 11/25/2014
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