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What's New

12/7/18

Update To E-Verify Password Reset

E-Verify continues to implement enhancements to improve your experience and reduce burdensome processes by giving you more self-service options. For example, you’ll soon be able to reset your password automatically instead of contacting E-Verify.

The first time you log on or after Dec. 16, you must reset your password, security questions, and answers. From that point on, if you are unable to log in to E-Verify after three attempts, you will be redirected to the password reset page to answer the security questions before resetting your password.

You can also select the ‘Forgot your password?’ link located under the password field to reset your password.

For more details, visit E-Verify’s Enhancements webpage.

12/4/18

Federal Government Closure – Wednesday, Dec. 5

President Trump has declared Wednesday, Dec. 5, a national day of mourning to remember the life and legacy of George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States. Accordingly, all U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offices will be closed Wednesday. The E-Verify and Form I-9 Contact Center phone lines will not be available on Wednesday.  

E-Verify will permit employees one additional day to resolve contested tentative nonconfirmations if the referral confirmation notice was issued between Nov. 20 and Dec. 5.

Employers should be aware that all Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, requirements remain in place, as do the E-Verify-enrolled employer’s requirement to create a case for a new employee no later than three business days after the employee’s first day employment.

12/4/18

Completing Form I-9 for Sudan or Nicaragua TPS Beneficiaries whose EADs were Extended until April 2, 2019

When completing or updating Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, an employee who has employment authorization under the TPS designation for Sudan or Nicaragua may present an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) that has been automatically extended by this Federal Register Notice (FRN). DHS has automatically extended these EADs through April 2, 2019, if they include a category code of A12 or C19, and contain one of the expiration dates below.

If the EAD contains a “Card Expires” date of:

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

You must reverify the employee before they start work on:

11/02/2017
01/05/2018
11/02/2018
01/05/2019

04/02/2019

April 3, 2019

10/31/18

TPS Alert

On Oct. 3, 2018, in Ramos, et al v. Nielsen, et al., No. 18-cv-01554 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 3, 2018) (PDF, 458 KB), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California enjoined DHS from implementing and enforcing the decisions to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, and El Salvador, pending further resolution of the case (“Order” or “injunction”). To implement the Court’s Order, on Oct. 31, 2018, DHS published a Federal Register Notice (FRN) announcing that the TPS designations for Sudan, Haiti, El Salvador, and Nicaragua remain in effect so long as the Court’s Order continues.

The FRN further describes the steps DHS is taking to comply with the Court’s Order, including automatically extending through April 2, 2019, the validity of certain specified documents for beneficiaries under the TPS designations for Sudan and Nicaragua: Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record, and Form I-797, Notice of Action, collectively TPS-related documentation. The extensions will allow beneficiaries to demonstrate continued lawful status and employment authorization.

Beneficiaries of TPS Haiti and TPS El Salvador who have been approved for re-registration currently have TPS-related documentation that will remain in effect for more than six months (until July 22, 2019, and Sept. 9, 2019, respectively). TPS Haiti and TPS El Salvador beneficiaries with pending re-registration applications, if approved, will also receive TPS-related documentation with those respective validity dates. In addition, beneficiaries of TPS Haiti and TPS El Salvador with pending re-registration applications and certain recently expired EADs have previously been issued notices of an existing automatic extension of those EADs.  See TPS webpages for Haiti and El Salvador on www.uscis.gov

Should the Court’s Order remain in effect beyond this initial extension of documentation for beneficiaries of TPS Sudan and TPS Nicaragua, DHS will issue a subsequent FRN approximately 30 days before April 2, 2019, that will automatically extend the appropriate TPS-related documentation for eligible beneficiaries granted under the designations of Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, and El Salvador through Jan. 2, 2020. DHS will issue similar FRNs in nine-month intervals, as necessary, to continue complying with the injunction.

If a superseding final, non-appealable judicial order should permit the terminations of TPS for some or all of these countries to take effect before the expiration of any announced extension of TPS-related documentation for eligible beneficiaries of TPS for these countries, DHS may invalidate such documentation before the end validity date stated in the current or subsequent Federal Register notices. Any such termination of TPS-related documentation would only be effective 120 days after the effective date of such a final, non-appealable order, or on the termination date of the TPS designation previously announced in the Federal Register for the relevant country before the preliminary injunction, whichever is later. 

For additional information, please reference the FRN and specific TPS country pages available on the USCIS website.

10/31/18

E-Verify Users: Be Sure to Make Copies of Photo-Matching Documents Correctly

If a new employee presents a document for their Form I-9 that triggers photo matching in E-Verify, employers must make a copy of that document to use when creating the E-Verify case, and must retain it with the employee’s Form I-9.

If an employee presents a U.S. passport card, Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551), or Employment Authorization Document (Form I-766), you must copy the front and back of these cards. If an employee presents a U.S. passport, you must copy both the front page and the back barcode page.

10/30/18

ICA 29 Updates for Web Service Users

On Oct. 12, USCIS updated the E-Verify staging environment for Interface Control Agreement (ICA) 29 after we disabled it for the modernization release in April. The staging environment has been modernized with self-test to confirm functionality. 

Web service customers are now able to test their code and bug fixes on their respective systems by leveraging the test document that comprises the E-Verify test scenarios. 

We made these enhancements based on feedback and extensive testing from web service providers. This test environment is part of the effort to develop, test, and deploy ICA 30, which is scheduled to launch next spring.

For more details on E-Verify updates, visit the E-Verify Enhancements webpage.

10/15/18

New Issue of E-Verify Connection Newsletter

The 44th edition of the E-Verify Connection newsletter (PDF) is here and includes articles about our E-Verify Employer Search Tool, our brand new text-to-subscribe service, and info for federal contractors and subcontractors. Subscribe to our newsletter and stay connected.

10/5/18

TPS Alert

On October 3, 2018, in Ramos, et al v. Nielsen, et al., No. 18-cv-01554 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 3, 2018) (PDF, 458 KB), the United States District Court for the Northern District of California enjoined DHS from implementing and enforcing the decisions to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudan, Haiti, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, pending further resolution of the case. Additional guidance with respect to evidence regarding TPS status and employment authorization is forthcoming.

09/14/18

TPS for Somalia Extended for 18 Months; Employment Authorization Documents Automatically Extended Through March 16, 2019

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced that the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Somalia has been extended for 18 months, through March 16, 2020. Current beneficiaries who want to maintain their status must re-register between Aug. 27, 2018, and Oct. 26, 2018.

Given the timeframes for processing TPS re-registration applications, USCIS has automatically extended the validity of Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) issued under the TPS designation of Somalia through March 16, 2019.

Completing Form I-9

When completing or updating Form I-9 , Employment Eligibility Verification, follow this chart to determine which documents a current TPS beneficiary of Somalia may present, as well as the new expiration date of their automatically extended EADs.

Find more details on the extension of this TPS designation for Somalia page and instructions for completing Form I-9 on the TPS page.

09/06/18

New Issue of E-Verify Connection Newsletter!

Stay up-to-date by subscribing to the E-Verify Connection (PDF) e-newsletter for employers and employees. The August 2018 issue highlights E-Verify compliance tips for federal contractors and subcontractors, the benefits of my E-Verify , the latest E-Verify enhancements, new E-Verify job aids, and more.

08/20/18

TPS for Yemen Extended for 18 Months; Employment Authorization Documents Automatically Extended Through March 2, 2019

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced that the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Yemen has been extended for 18 months, through March 3, 2020. Current beneficiaries who want to maintain their status must re-register between Aug. 14, 2018, and Oct. 15, 2018.

Given the timeframes involved for processing TPS re-registration applications, USCIS has automatically extended the validity of Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) issued under the TPS designation of Yemen through March 2, 2019.

Completing Form I-9

When completing or updating Form I-9 , Employment Eligibility Verification, follow this chart to determine which documents a current TPS beneficiary of Yemen may present, as well as the new expiration date of their automatically extended EADs.

Find more details on the extension of this TPS designation for Yemen page and instructions for completing Form I-9 on the TPS page.

08/02/18

Scam Alert: Fraudulent Form I-9 Requests

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has learned that employers have received scam emails that appear to come from USCIS requesting Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, information.

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.

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