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EIG Dispatch | September 4, 2015

September 4, 2015

HIGHLIGHTS

  • myE-Verify is Now Available in Spanish and Other New Services
  • USCIS Utilizes Twitter to Answer Your Questions
  • Temporary Protected Status for Yemen

myE-Verify is Now Available in Spanish and Other New Services

On August 31, 2015, USCIS announced that the new Spanish-language myE-Verify as well as other new services like Case History and Case Tracker are available for both the English and Spanish language myE-verify websites.

myE-Verify is a free web-based service created specifically for employees and job seekers that allows the user to become involved in the E-Verify process. This service has a resource center that informs users of their rights and the responsibilities of the E-Verify employers. Users can verify their personal information with the information listed on E-Verify checks and can make updates if there are any discrepancies. There is also a self-lock feature that allows users to lock their Social Security numbers in E-Verify to prevent others from using their identity.

The new features will add to the usefulness of the website. The Case History function allows users to generate a report to see when their data was used in E-Verify. The Case Tracker allows an individual to track the status of his or her E-Verify case using a unique case verification number. It is important to note that it is not necessary to be a myE-Verify user to use the Case Tracker function.

If you would like to learn more about these services, USCIS encourages you to participate in a virtual forum on Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EST. USCIS will provide an overview of the website, discuss the new features, and provide you with information on how to protect your identity and understand your rights. Participants will be given the opportunity to ask questions. You can attend in person, through live web stream on YouTube or by teleconference. To register, please click here.


USCIS Utilizes Twitter to Answer Your Questions

Starting on September 1, 2015, USCIS initiated a new customer service tool called “Twitter Office Hours” open from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST. During this time, USCIS experts will answer your questions about the immigration process. In order to participate, follow @USCIS on Twitter and ask your question in a tweet (not a direct message) using the #AskUSCIS hashtag. USCIS will not answer case-specific questions or give updates on case statuses. When asking a question, it is helpful to mention which form you are filing. Most answers will include a link to USCIS.gov where you can find additional information. After each session, USCIS will post a transcript of the question and answers to its blog, The Beacon.

Do not post any personal information such as A-number, receipt number, SSN, or any other personally identifiable information. Furthermore, in the interest of time, USCIS will not use this time to answer questions regarding policies or respond to media, government agencies, or stockholder organizations.


Temporary Protected Status for Yemen

Effective September 3, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security has designated Yemen for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) due to the internal armed conflict, which has created a serious humanitarian crisis. To require Yemeni nationals in the U.S. to return to Yemen in the middle of this conflict could threaten their personal safely and as a result, eligible Yemeni nationals may apply for TPS with USCIS and receive work authorization. Yemen’s TPS designation is valid through March 3, 2017.

TPS requires applicants to show that they have maintained continuous physical presence and continuous residence in the U.S. since September 3, 2015. Applicants must also pass thorough background checks, and individuals with certain criminal record may be ineligible for TPS. For further information about TPS, please visit the USCIS website.