In an effort to prevent a lapse in employment authorizations for certain Liberians in the United States, on March 30, 2020, President Donald Trump issued a memorandum directing Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf to extend the deferred enforced departure (DED) wind-down period for eligible Liberians through Jan. 10, 2021. This extension will facilitate uninterrupted work authorization for those currently in the United States under DED who are eligible to apply for lawful permanent resident status under the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness provision. Eligible Liberian nationals have until December 20, 2020, to file for permanent resident status under the law. Aliens who are eligible for permanent resident status should submit their completed Form I-485 and associated Form I-765 as early as possible. USCIS will publish a notice in the Federal Register with information on the extension of employment authorization and automatic extension of certain employment authorization documents (EADs) through Jan. 10, 2021, for those Liberians currently covered under DED.
For more information on the Liberia DED wind-down extension, employers should visit the https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/deferred-enforced-departure/ded-granted-country-liberia on the USCIS website. Employers should revisit E-Verify.gov for updates on this extension as they become available.
Starting May 1, you can only use edition Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, with the 10/21/2019 edition date.
A revised Spanish edition of Form I-9 with an edition date of 10/21/2019 is available for use in Puerto Rico only.
- Confirm their employment eligibility in a single case,
- Resolve a Tentative Nonconfirmation, TNC, (formerly known as a mismatch)
- Resolve a Dual TNC from DHS and SSA, and
- Track their case to completion and view the results once resolved.
Users who receive a TNC and choose to resolve now have eight (8) federal working days to take action. A system-generated Further Action Notice (FAN) and a Referral Date Confirmation letter will be issued to the user as proof their case has been referred to either DHS, SSA or both.
Customers should contact the appropriate agency in the Notice for additional support and resolution. Customers who choose not to take action within the eight (8) federal working days will receive a Final Nonconfirmation (FNC). If the user chooses to resolve the TNC after an FNC is issued, they may create a new Self Check case. If the user made a data entry error, they can now close the TNC case and create a new case. Users may only have one Self Check case open at a time.
While myE-Verify remains voluntary and does not replace the E-Verify process, the new features allow applicants, jobseekers and employees to address their potential TNC status before their next E-Verify employer does.
Due to current circumstances related to COVID-19, E-Verify has updated some policies that temporarily affect myE-Verify Self Check updates. Click on the E-Verify Extension to Resolve TNCs for more information.
E-Verify is extending the timeframe to take action to resolve Social Security Administration (SSA) Tentative Nonconfirmations (TNCs) due to SSA office closures to the public. E-Verify is also extending the timeframe to take action to resolve Department of Homeland Security (DHS) TNCs in limited circumstances when an employee cannot resolve a TNC due to public or private office closures.
IMPORTANT: You must notify your employee about their TNC result as soon as possible. After your employee is notified of their TNC and decides whether to take action to resolve the TNC, the employee should acknowledge the decision on the Further Action Notice, and the employer should notify E-Verify of their employee’s decision. Employees who choose to take action to resolve a TNC are referred to SSA and/or DHS. Employers may not take any adverse action against an employee because the E-Verify case is in an interim case status, including while the employee’s case is in an extended interim case status.
New Temporary Policies
We have implemented the following policies to minimize the burden on both employers and employees:
- Employers are still required to create cases for their new hires within three business days from the date of hire.
- Employers must use the hire date from the employee’s Form I-9 when creating the E-Verify case. If case creation is delayed due to COVID-19 precautions, select “Other” from the drop-down list and enter “COVID-19” as the specific reason.
- Employers may not take any adverse action against an employee because the E-Verify case is in an interim case status, including while the employee’s case is in an extended interim case status.
Customer Support and Account Access
E-Verify Contact Center representatives are still available. Employers will still be able to access their E-Verify accounts and:
- Enroll in E-Verify;
- Create E-Verify cases;
- Add, delete or edit any user account;
- Reset passwords;
- Edit company information;
- Terminate accounts; and
- Run reports or view any information about an account or case.
For information on Social Security Administration operating status please visit ssa.gov/coronavirus.
Please be sure to check back for updates. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf decided to extend the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Somalia for 18 months, through Sept. 17, 2021. Current beneficiaries who want to maintain their status must re-register March 11, 2020 through May 11, 2020.
Given the time frames for processing TPS re-registration applications, USCIS has automatically extended the validity of certain Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) issued under the TPS designation for Somalia through Sept. 13, 2020.
On April 19, 2018, King Mswati III officially renamed the Kingdom of Swaziland the Kingdom of Eswatini. Employees from Eswatini may present foreign passports and I-94s that have either “Swaziland” or “Eswatini” as their country of issuance. The newest version of Form I-9 (Rev. 10/21/2019) includes both country names in the dropdowns. An employee completing Section 1 who presents a foreign passport or I-94 that contains either Swaziland or Eswatini should select the correct county from the dropdown in the Country of Issuance field. However, when creating a case for these employees in E-Verify, E-Verify participants should select Eswatini from the provided dropdown.
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf has decided to extend the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Yemen for 18 months, through Sept. 3, 2021. Current beneficiaries who want to maintain their status must re-register from March 2, 2020 through May 1, 2020.
Given the time frames for processing TPS re-registration applications, USCIS has automatically extended the validity of certain Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) issued under the TPS designation for Yemen through Aug. 30, 2020.
On Jan. 31, 2020, USCIS published the Form I-9 Federal Register notice announcing a new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, that the Office of Management and Budget approved on Oct. 21, 2019. This new version contains minor changes to the form and its instructions. Employers should begin using this updated form as of Jan. 31, 2020.
The notice provides employers additional time to make necessary updates and adjust their business processes. Employers may continue using the prior version of the form (Rev. 07/17/2017 N) until April 30, 2020. After that date, they can only use the new form with the 10/21/2019 version date. The version date is located in the lower left corner of the form.
USCIS made the following changes to the form and its instructions:
Revised the Country of Issuance field in Section 1 and the Issuing Authority field (when selecting a foreign passport) in Section 2 to add Eswatini and Macedonia, North per those countries’ recent name changes. (Note: This change is only visible when completing the fillable Form I-9 on a computer.)
- Clarified who can act as an authorized representative on behalf of an employer
- Updated USCIS website addresses
- Provided clarifications on acceptable documents for Form I-9
- Updated the process for requesting paper Forms I-9
- Updated the DHS Privacy Notice
A revised Spanish version of Form I-9 with a version date of 10/21/2019 is available for use in Puerto Rico only.