Q. Our company needs guidance on keeping up with our obligations with regard to employment eligibility. What resources are available?
A. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently launched a new online resource providing employer and employee guidance relating to the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form.
“I-9 Central” offers guidance on how to complete I-9 forms, examples of acceptable documents and advice on I-9 retention and storage. Employers also can pose questions through a toll-free number and via email.
The new site provides much of the same information found in the Form M-274 Handbook for Employers, an essential resource for I-9 guidance. The new service provides a practical, online alternative.
Access it at www.uscis.gov/I-9Central.
USCIS also rolled out Spanish language web site content on how to use the government’s E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system. The most important feature: information in Spanish for employees on what to do if E-Verify is unable to confirm their eligibility to work in the United States.
In about 3% of cases, E-Verify issues a tentative nonconfirmation (TNC), which means the system was unable to match employee information with its database of employment-authorized persons.
Refer employees to www.uscis.gov/espanol/E-Verify to guide them through the process of resolving TNCs.