E-Verify Records Destruction by Year End and New “Historic Records Report”

E-VERIFY RECORD DISPOSAL

Please be reminded that if you have been using E-Verify for more than 10 years, you will be impacted by an upcoming records destruction. To avoid loss of your historic records, you should download the new “Historic Records Report” before Dec 31, 2014. The report will include all transaction records for cases more than 10 years old. The report is only available until December 31, 2014.

Background: effective January 1, 2015, E-Verify transaction records more than 10 years old will be deleted from the system. You will no longer have access in E -Verify to cases you created prior to December 31, 2004.

It is a best practice to record the EVerify case verification number on the relating Form I-9. Employers are encouraged to also retain the Historic Records Report with the Form I-9.

If you were not using E-Verify on or before December 31, 2004, you need not download the report. There will be no records to report.

US Granting Limited TPS due to Ebola Outbreak

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone

Due to the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson designated Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone for TPS for 18 months, effective November 21, 2014, through May 21, 2016. As a result, eligible nationals of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone in the United States may apply for TPS during the 180-day registration period that began November 21, 2014, and ends on May, 20, 2015. The designations mean that eligible nationals (and people without nationality who last habitually resided in one of those three countries) will not be removed from the United States and are authorized to work and obtain an Employment Authorization Document (EAD).

Warning: Scams Targeting International Students

Scams Targeting International Students

It has come to our attention that local universities are seeing a spike in the number of scams targeting their international students. Students have reported receiving phone calls and/or emails from individuals purporting to be officials from a number of governmental institutions – including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (USCIS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS), and even local police departments –claiming that the students must pay large fees to redress various immigration and tax-related issues. If you receive such a message, please be on alert and do not give out your credit card number or any other personal information. You may report such scams to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/#crnt&panel1-1. You should also alert your school.