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31 July 2012

Spanish M-274 Now Available

Are you a Spanish-speaking employer with questions about Form I-9? The Handbook for Employers is now available in Spanish!
Spanish-speaking employers now have a definitive resource at their fingertips to find answers to their questions about Form I-9, the employment eligibility verification form that all employers must complete for their employees. The Handbook for Employers (M-274) provides step-by-step instructions for the Form I-9 employment eligibility verification process. It includes information on how to complete and store I-9 forms, when and how to reverify employees, and how to avoid discriminatory behaviors. It also gives insight into E-Verify – the Department of Homeland Security’s free service that allows employers to electronically verify employment eligibility of new employees.
Here are examples of some of the topics covered in the M-274:
  • What do you do when a newly hired worker presents a document you haven’t seen before?The M-274 includes samples and descriptions of acceptable documents workers can choose to present during the I-9 process.
  • Can you demand that an employee show you specific documents during the I-9 process? No, the employee can choose among the acceptable documents listed on the Form I-9. However, the M-274 explains when you should reject certain documents.
  • Confused about which employees need to be reverified—and when? The M-274 explains which employees are subject to reverification—and which are not.
  • Can you accept a receipt for a replacement document? In most instances, you can accept a receipt for a replacement document that was lost, stolen or damaged. See the M-274 for information about when you can and cannot accept a receipt.
You can find the Spanish-language version of the Handbook for Employers (M-274) on the I-9 Central Web page,  on the Spanish-language E-Verify Web page, and in the newly launched Multilingual Resource Center.

26 July 2012

Introducing the Multilingual Resource Center

(en Español)

USCIS has introduced a new Multilingual Resource Center that centralizes our foreign languages resources. This site will allow those we serve to access information on the USCIS application process and many other frequently asked questions in a variety of languages. In an effort to make this new feature as useful as possible, we have expanded our content and now provide certain documents and information in 22 different languages. Users can now conveniently view and download these documents at the touch of a button at

One of the highlights of the Multilingual Resource Center launch is a collection of 13 newly translated "How Do I…?" guides in Chinese. The English versions of these guides have proven to be very useful to immigration benefit seekers. Now sponsors, family members and friends will be able to hand them to the native Chinese speaker they are helping. These guides are also available in Spanish via our USCIS Español site.

The Multilingual Resource Center is another example of USCIS’s commitment to fully engage with the diverse public we serve.

Centro de Recursos Multilingües de USCIS

(English version)

El nuevo Centro de Recursos Multilingües de USCIS provee a los usuarios y grupos de interés un lugar donde centralizar los recursos que se ofrecen en otros idiomas. Este sitio permitirá a los solicitantes y patrocinadores tener acceso a información sobre el proceso de solicitud de USCIS  muchas otras preguntas frecuentes, en variedad de lenguas extranjeras. En un esfuerzo por hacer que esta nueva herramienta resulte lo más útil posible, hemos expandido nuestro contenido y ahora proveemos ciertos documentos e información en 22 idiomas. Los usuarios pueden ahora ver y descargar convenientemente estos documentos con el toque de un botón.

Una de los aspectos más destacados del Centro de Recursos Multilingües es la colección de 13 guías de la serie “Cómo puedo…” traducidas y disponibles ahora en mandarín (chino). Las versiones en inglés de estos documentos han probado ser sumamente útiles para las personas en busca de beneficios de inmigración y ahora los patrocinadores, familiares y amigos podrán compartirlas con las personas que están tratando de ayudar y que sólo hablan mandarín. Estas guías están también disponibles en español en nuestro sitio Web USCIS Español.

El Centro de Recursos Multilingües es otro ejemplo del compromiso de USCIS por fomentar y mantener la interacción con los públicos a los que sirve.

16 July 2012

Self-Assess! SAVE and E-Verify Self-Assessment Guides

USCIS is pleased to provide Self-Assessment Guides to our E-Verify and Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) customers to support their compliant use of our verification programs. The new guides are designed to make it easier for employers and benefit-granting agencies to monitor their use of E-Verify and SAVE. Each guide offers easy-to-follow checklists that will help users establish their own compliance and training programs.
There are two E-Verify Self-Assessment guides: the E-Verify Self-Assessment Guide for Direct Access Users and the E-Verify Self-Assessment Guide for E-Verify Web Service Users. Both are available in the publications section of the E-Verify website. E-Verify is a free Web-based service from the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration that is used by more than 380,000 employers to quickly verify the employment eligibility of their new employees.
The SAVE Self-Assessment Guide gives participating agencies guidance on how to maximize compliant use of SAVE as well as prevent and detect misuse. SAVE is used by many benefit-granting agencies to verify the immigration status of applicants.
For more information on E-Verify and SAVE, please browse their web pages.


05 July 2012

President Obama Salutes New American Citizens

Check out this blog post detailing a special 4th of July naturalization ceremony for active duty members of the military. You can also watch video of the ceremony below.


03 July 2012

The USCIS Electronic Immigration System’s First 1,000 Cases

Posted by Alejandro Mayorkas, Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Every day, USCIS receives thousands of paper applications for immigration benefits - more than 6 million each year. For generations, we have received, reviewed, shipped, and stored paper applications and files throughout our agency. This paper-based process consumes a great deal of resources and employee time.

USCIS, the world’s largest immigration benefits agency, reached a significant milestone on May 22, 2012 with the launch of our new electronic immigration system, USCIS ELIS. USCIS ELIS allows applicants and their attorneys and accredited representatives to create an online account and submit and track their immigration benefit requests 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Currently, individuals applying to change or extend their nonimmigrant status, Form I-539, can use the system. We will roll out additional form types and functions over time until all USCIS applications and petitions can be processed through the system. USCIS ELIS also has enhanced tools to combat fraud and safeguard national security.

Not long ago, we received our 1,000th electronically-filed application through USCIS ELIS. We have also seen a commensurate drop in the number of paper Form I-539 applications submitted since the system’s launch. USCIS ELIS has already delivered for our early users the timeliness, convenience, and added security of a more modern immigration system.

While its use is not mandatory, I encourage all individuals who are eligible to file Form I-539 to use USCIS ELIS. We continue to build this system for our customers, our dedicated workforce, and our federal partners. Your feedback is important as we prepare future releases of USCIS ELIS to meet your needs today and into the future. Please visit the USCIS ELIS Web page to learn more about USCIS ELIS and its benefits, and please share your user story with us here in our comments section or by emailing us at I look forward to your comments as we continue to modernize our agency.

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