COVID-19 & Form I-9 Related News

Stay up to date with the latest Form I-9 related news.

In March 2020, E-Verify extended the timeframe for employees to take action on Social Security Administration (SSA) Tentative Nonconfirmations (TNCs) due to SSA office closures to the general public.
All Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, requirements remain in effect for areas affected by natural disasters and other unforeseen circumstances. All employers must continue to complete and retain Form I-9 for all individuals they hire. DHS will continue to monitor the situation and provide updated guidance, as needed.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today published a Federal Register notice extending the validity of Temporary Protected Status (TPS)-related documentation for beneficiaries under the TPS designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Su
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced an extension of the flexibility in complying with requirements related to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, due to COVID-19. This temporary guidance was set to expire August 31, 2021. Because of ongoing precautions related to COVID-19, DHS has extended the Form I-9 flexibility policy until December 31, 2021.
Want to know more about E-Verify and what may be planned for the future of the program? Listen to Tammy Meckley, Associate Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration Records and Identity Services Directorate with the Department of Homeland Security in an Equifax Workforce Wise podcast interview. The two-part interactive session includes an overview of E-Verify and a series of questions pertaining to current and future plans for the program.
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas designated Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, effective August 3, 2021, through February 3, 2023. Haitian nationals and individuals having no nationality who last habitually resided in Haiti may submit an initial registration application under the TPS designation for Haiti and apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) during the 18-month registration period that begins August 3, 2021 and ends on February 3, 2023. The EADs of TPS beneficiaries have a Category Code of A12 or C19.
USCIS is complying with the July 16th order from the U.S. District Court in Texas. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients with a valid Employment Authorization Document (EAD), including an EAD that has been automatically extended, are still permitted to work. See I-9 Central for more information on Completing Form I-9 for Employees with Extended Work Authorization Under DACA.
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Somalia and redesignated Somalia for TPS through March 17, 2023. Current beneficiaries who want to maintain their status must re-register July 22, 2021 through September 20, 2021. Somali nationals and individuals having no nationality who last habitually resided in Somalia may submit an initial registration application under the redesignation of Somalia for TPS and apply for an EAD.
E-Verify requires all employers to take action on Tentative Nonconfirmation cases (TNC) for their employees within 10 federal government working days. Although most Social Security Administration offices are currently closed, this does not affect the 10-day requirement. Employers are reminded to complete the following steps in E-Verify within 10 federal government working days after issuance of a TNC result:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in an E-Verify Web Services (WS) Listening Session for the Interface Control Agreement (ICA) version 31 (v31) Draft Release on July 28 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern. The listening session will provide an opportunity for WS developers to ask questions, share concerns and provide valuable feedback on their experiences with the new ICA v31 draft release. Your feedback may be integrated into the final ICA v31 public release scheduled in September.

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