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08/02/18

Scam Alert: USCIS Does Not Request Forms I-9 Via Email

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has learned that employers have received scam emails requesting Form I-9 information that appear to come from USCIS. Employers are not required to submit Forms I-9 to USCIS.

Employers must have a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, for every person on their payroll who is required to complete Form I-9. All of these forms must be retained for a certain period of time. Visit I-9 Central to learn more about retention, storage and inspections for Form I-9.

These scam emails come from a fraudulent email address: news@uscis.gov. This is not a USCIS email address. The body of the email may contain USCIS and Office of the Inspector General labels, your address and a fraudulent download button that links to a non-government web address (uscis-online.org). Do not respond to these emails or click the links in them.

If you believe that you received a scam email requesting Form I-9 information from USCIS, report it to the Federal Trade Commission. If you are not sure if it is a scam, forward the suspicious email to the USCIS webmaster. USCIS will review the emails received and share with law enforcement agencies as appropriate. Visit the Avoid Scams Initiative for more information on common scams and other important tips.

06/22/18

Change to Extension Period From 12 to 18 Months for Certain Form I-797 Receipt Notices

Beginning June 11, Form I-797 Receipt Notices for Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, and Form I-829, Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status, will be issued with an 18 month extension period. See the USCIS news alert for more information.

06/06/18

TPS for Honduras Terminated Effective Jan. 5, 2020; EADs Automatically Extended Through Jan. 1, 2019

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced her decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Honduras, with a delayed effective date of 18 months, through Jan. 5, 2020.

Current beneficiaries who want to maintain their status until the delayed effective date of the termination must re-register between June 5, 2018, and Aug. 6, 2018.

Given the timeframes involved with processing TPS re-registration applications, USCIS recognizes that not all re-registrants will receive new Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) before their current EADs expire. Accordingly, USCIS has automatically extended the validity of EADs issued under the TPS designation of Honduras through Jan. 1, 2019.

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 of Honduras 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:

Did they apply
for a new EAD?

Then, to complete Form I-9, they may present
this Federal Register notice
OR
the following document(s):

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

You must reverify them before they start work on:

Jan. 5, 2018

Yes, they applied on or after Dec. 15, 2017, during the last reregistration period, but have not yet received their new EAD. (See note below.)

EAD that contains a category of
A12 or C19

 

AND

Notice of Action
(Form I-797C)
that contains:

 

  • Received Date
    on or after:
    Dec. 15, 2017
  • Class Requested or Eligibility Category:
    A12 or C19

Jan. 1, 2019

 

 

Jan. 2, 2019

July 5, 2018

Yes, they applied on or after June 5, 2018, during this reregistration period

EAD that contains a category of
A12 or C19

 

AND

Notice of Action
(Form I-797C)
that contains:

 

  • Received Date
    on or after:
    June 5, 2018
  • Class Requested or Eligibility Category:
    A12 or C19

Jan. 1, 2019

Jan. 2, 2019

July 5, 2018

Not yet

EAD with a category of A12 or C19

 

Jan. 1, 2019

Jan. 2, 2019

(Note: TPS beneficiaries who have an EAD with a Jan. 5, 2018, expiration date, but did not timely and properly apply for an EAD on or after Dec. 15, 2017, do not receive an automatic extension of their expired EAD.)

Find more details on the termination of this TPS designation for Honduras on I-9 Central and instructions for completing Form I-9 on the TPS page.

05/29/18

TPS for Nepal Will End June 24, 2019; EADs Automatically Extended Through Dec. 21, 2018

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced her decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Nepal. She has authorized a delayed effective date of 12 months, through June 24, 2019.

Current beneficiaries who want to maintain their status until TPS for Nepal ends must re-register between May 22 and July 23, 2018.

Given the timeframes involved with processing TPS re-registration applications, USCIS recognizes that not all re-registrants will receive new Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) before their current EADs expire. Accordingly, we have automatically extended the validity of EADs issued under the TPS designation of Nepal through Dec. 21, 2018.

Completing Form I-9

When completing or updating Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification:

  • Refer to this Federal Register notice, which provides confirmation that your employee’s EAD is automatically extended for 180 days, until Dec. 21, 2018.
  • Employees may also present their EAD that has an expiration date of June 24, 2018, and a category code of “A-12” or “C-19,” along with Form I-797C that contains category code “A-12” or “C-19.” This combination is a List A document that is valid until Dec. 21, 2018.

Find more details on the termination of this TPS designation for Nepal on I-9 Central and instructions for completing Form I-9 on the TPS page.

05/07/18

E-Verify Modernization Live Twitter Office Hour

In April 2018, the E-Verify program modernized its system and released a host of enhancements to improve the employment eligibility verification process and user experience.

We invite you to tweet @EVerify on May 8 at 2 p.m (Eastern) to chat with our experts about the new navigation and system usability. We’ll be tweeting live, so be sure to use #AskEVerify to get your questions answered.

Follow us on twitter.com/everify for updates and tips about Form I-9, E-Verify, myE-Verify, or visit e-verify.gov.

04/23/18

E-Verify Modernization Launch

On April 23, USCIS announced the E-Verify program modernized its system to improve users’ experience, reduce errors, and increase the speed and accuracy of the employment eligibility verification process. Improvements include:

  • Enhanced usability features to help users enter correct information and makes E-Verify more user friendly;
  • Streamlined case creation and management to increase results speed and accuracy;
  • Improved overall data integrity and system compliance; and
  • Transferred case data to a new modernized database.

These and other enhancements found on the E-Verify Enhancements April 2018 webpage were made from feedback and extensive testing from E-Verify users. Log in or enroll to experience the new E-Verify today and see the new job aids at E-Verify.gov.

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