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.

E-Verify Users Report Confidence in E-Verify

E-Verify users have spoken and again give E-Verify a high score of 85 on the Annual Customer Satisfaction Survey 2017. Participants rate E-Verify a 90 for ease of use and speed of response. Also, participants rate the E-Verify photo matching process at 95, the highest score in the survey, and said the process is helpful in preventing fraud. Enroll in E-Verify today and experience employment eligibility verification process in 1, 2, 3 steps.

E-Verify’s overall 85 rating outscores both the National American Customer Satisfaction Survey Index (ACSI) average (77) and the Federal Government ACSI average (70). Read the E-Verify Annual Customer Satisfaction Survey 2017 to learn more.

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.

Employers: Have you received an error message and are unable to complete a case?

If you are having trouble completing a case in the modernized E-Verify system, please contact us at enrmod-projectteam@uscis.dhs.gov. Please include in the subject: “Employer Name – E-Verify Modernization Issues.” You have 10 extra business days to submit this case.

We are committed to fixing any issues immediately and will provide periodic updates as needed.

Web Services Employers: Have you received an error message and are unable to complete a case?

If you are having trouble completing a case in the modernized E-Verify system, please contact us at everifywstesting@uscis.dhs.gov. Please include in the subject: “Employer Name – E-Verify Modernization Issues.” You have 10 extra business days to submit this case.

We are committed to fixing any issues immediately and will provide periodic updates as needed.

E-Verify is Temporarily Unavailable April 20 - 22

Due to the implementation of system enhancements, E-Verify and myE-Verify will be unavailable from April 20 at 9 p.m. to April 22 at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern). During this time, employers will not be able to access their E-Verify accounts and employees will not be able to access their myE-Verify accounts. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to serving you once we resume operations. For more information, see our fact sheet.

TPS for Syria Extended for 18 Months; EADs Automatically Extended Through Sept. 27, 2018

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced that the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Syria has been extended for 18 months, through Sept. 30, 2019. Current beneficiaries who want to maintain their status must re-register between March 5, 2018, and May 4, 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 on March 31, 2018. Accordingly, USCIS has automatically extended the validity of these EADs issued under the TPS designation of Syria for 180 days, through Sept. 27, 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 Sept. 27, 2018.
  • Your employee may present their EAD that has an expiration date of March 31, 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 Sept. 27, 2018.

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

New E-Verify.gov Website

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced the launch of our new website, E-Verify.gov. This is the authoritative source for information on electronic employment eligibility verification.

E-Verify.gov is for employers, employees and the general public. The user-friendly website provides information about E-Verify and Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Users will also easily find helpful information about employee rights and employer responsibilities under the employment eligibility verification process.

E-Verify.gov allows employers to enroll in E-Verify directly from the website and permits registered users to access their accounts. Individuals with myE-Verify accounts can also access their accounts through E-Verify.gov.

E-Verify.gov is available in English and Spanish. See the USCIS new release for more information.

DED for Liberia to End in March 2019; EADs Automatically Extended Through Sept. 30, 2018

On March 27, 2018, President Trump issued a memorandum to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen, directing her to implement a 12-month deferred enforced departure (DED) wind-down period for eligible Liberians and to provide for work authorization through March 31, 2019, which is when DED will end.

Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) with an expiration date of March 31, 2018, and a category code of “A-11” have been automatically extended for an additional six months, through Sept. 30, 2018. DED-eligible Liberians should apply for a new EAD as soon as possible to receive the full 12-month period of employment authorization, through March 31, 2019.

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 until Sept. 30, 2018. After Sept. 30, you will be required to reverify this employee’s work authorization.

Find more details on the end of Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberia on I-9 Central and instructions for completing Form I-9 on the Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure page.

The E-Verify Enhancements Are Still In the Works

The E-Verify modernization launch has been postponed, but it’s still in the works. New system enhancements will feature improvements to photo matching, reduced Tentative Nonconfirmations and easier and faster creation of cases.

E-Verify will remain available from March 23 at 12 a.m. to March 26 at 8 a.m. Eastern, and all regular employment eligibility verification timelines continue to apply.

We apologize for any inconvenience and believe you will find it worth the wait. Learn more about E-Verify modernization.

New Issue of E-Verify Connection Newsletter!

The E-Verify Connection is an e-newsletter for all employers and employees. The March 2018 issue highlights updates to E-Verify, guidance on completing the E-Verify verification process, easy steps to enroll in E-Verify and much more. Stay up-to-date by subscribing today!

E-Verify Monitoring and Compliance

Recently, Monitoring and Compliance (M&C) began requesting Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, in the desk review process. Requested copies of Forms I-9 and related employment verification documents are compared to information in the corresponding E-Verify case. M&C contacts employers by telephone and email and makes recommendations on how the employer can become compliant with E-Verify and Form I-9 requirements. A desk review is not an audit or inspection. To learn more, see our self-assessment guides and webinars.

If you believe you received a scam email that looks like it came from USCIS requesting Form I-9 information, report it to the Federal Trade Commission.

All E-Verify Cases With A Final Case Result Should Be Closed

E-Verify will transfer all case data to a new interface later this month. To assist in the transition, all open cases with a final case result should be closed.

Open cases that have not been accessed for more than 365 days will be closed by E-Verify, but will remain accessible to employers as completed or historical cases. Cases that have received a final result (Employment Authorized, Final Non-Confirmation) will be closed but will remain accessible to employers as completed or historical cases. Users are encouraged to complete and close their cases prior to the deployment date.

Open cases that are not completed, but were accessed within the last 365 days will remain open for the employer to continue processing.

For more information on how to properly close a case in E-Verify, see the pages 17-19 of the E-Verify Quick Reference Guide for Employers; E-Verify User Manual 4.0; 4.1 Close Case; and 4.2 Case Alert.

Are you enrolled in E-Verify? Apply Today to Use the Logo!

There is an easy way to let everyone know that you are using E-Verify to help maintain a legal workforce: request authorization to post the trademarked E-Verify logo on your website and printed materials.

Visit the Trademark and Logo Usage Guidelines webpage for more information and to submit the request.

E-Verify is Available!

E-Verify has resumed operations following the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) lapse in appropriations. All E-Verify features and services, including the ability to resolve a Tentative Nonconfirmation (TNC), are now available. Read more information about E-Verify resuming operations.

TPS for El Salvador Will End September 2019; EADs Automatically Extended Through Sept. 5, 2018

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced that the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador will end on Sept. 9, 2019. Current beneficiaries who want to maintain their status through Sept. 9, 2019, must re-register between Jan. 18, 2018, and March 19, 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 on March 9, 2018. Accordingly, USCIS has automatically extended the validity of EADs issued and currently valid under the TPS designation of El Salvador for 180 days, through Sept. 5, 2018.

Employers should encourage their employees to file applications for EADs as early as possible to ensure they receive their EAD before Sept. 5, 2018. Filing early will help them avoid lapses in their employment authorization documentation.

Completing Form I-9

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

  • Refer to this "Federal Register notice (PDF), which provides confirmation that your employee’s EAD is automatically extended for 180 days, until Sept. 5, 2018.
  • Your employee may present their EAD that has an expiration date of March 9, 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 Sept. 5, 2018.

You must reverify employment authorization of these employees by Sept. 6, 2018.

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

TPS for Haiti Will End July 2019; EADs Automatically Extended Through July 21, 2018

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced that the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Haiti will end on July 22, 2019. Current beneficiaries who want to maintain their status through July 22, 2019, must re-register between Jan. 18, 2018, and March 19, 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 on Jan. 22, 2018. Accordingly, USCIS has automatically extended the validity of EADs issued under the TPS designation of Haiti that show an expiration date of Jan. 22, 2018, for 180 days through July 21, 2018. Additionally, individuals who have EADs with an expiration date of July 22, 2017, and who applied for a new EAD during the last re-registration period but have not yet received their new EADs are also covered by this automatic extension.

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 July 21, 2018.

If your employee has already applied to re-register, they may have received a Form I-797C, Notice of Action. If so, they may also choose to present one of the following combinations that is a List A document valid until July 21, 2018:

  • An EAD that has an expiration date of Jan. 22, 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.”
  • An EAD that has an expiration date of July 22, 2017, and a category code of “A-12” or “C-19,” along with a Form I-797C that contains category code “A-12” or “C-19” and indicates a received date on or after May 24, 2017.

You must reverify employment authorization of these employees by July 22, 2018.

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

The E-Verify Connection Newsletter is Celebrating the Big 4-0!

The E-Verify Connection newsletter is celebrating its 40th edition! Highlights include an announcement that clients of E-Verify employer agents now have the ability to electronically sign their memorandum of understanding, easy steps to enroll in E-Verify, free Spanish language Form I-9 resources, information on how to retrieve a lost or forgotten user ID, and guidance on E-Verify compliance. Thanks again for your continued support and being a dedicated subscriber.

E-Verify Requirement for New Federal Contractors

Beginning Jan. 5, new federal contractors and subcontractors with a Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requirement must enter their Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number when they enroll in E-Verify. Existing E-Verify employers designated as federal contractors with a FAR requirement do not have to provide their DUNS number, but will be prompted to enter it when they update their E-Verify company profile. To learn more about enrolling in E-Verify, use the E-Verify enrollment checklist and view the enrollment video.

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