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Employers and SAVE User Agencies! USCIS Is Using New Secure Blue Ink for Certain Immigration Document Stamps

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently started using secure blue ink for certain immigration document stamps. You can see an example of the blue ink in U.S. Custom and Border Protection’s Carrier Liaison Program bulletin from July 1, 2014.
On July 1, 2014, USCIS stopped using secure red ink for these stamps. As of that date, the following five immigration stamps will appear in secure blue ink:
  1. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Parole Stamp
  2. Temporary I-551 Alien Documentary Identification and Telecommunication (ADIT) Stamp
  3. Refugee Stamp (Section 207)
  4. Asylum Stamp (Section 208)
  5. Initial / Replacement Form I-94 Stamp
Employers should be aware of this recent change in secure ink color when examining acceptable documents presented by employees during the Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification process. Lists of acceptable documents appear on the last page of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.

Please remember that employers must accept the documents a worker presents when completing
Form I-9 as long as those documents appear genuine on their face and relate to the person presenting them.

Employers cannot reject an unexpired, acceptable document presented by a worker, nor can they specify which documents they will accept. Learn more about
acceptable documents here.