I-9 Email Mystery Solved – Plus Video!
If you have hired a new employee recently, you may be lamenting the passing of a time when the I-9 Form was only a single page. Not only is the new form two pages long, but it has some extra fields too. One of those extra fields is for your employees’ email address. Which leads to the question: What does U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) want with your employees’ email address? Well, the mystery is over. On July 1, 2013 USCIS released an announcement that USCIS would begin directly contacting employees through email when there is an information mismatch in E-Verify. Those mismatches, also called Tentative Nonconfirmations (TNC), must be resolved before an employee can be confirmed as work authorized. An employee being directly notified of a TNC may make the process a little more streamlined. Nevertheless, employers are still required to notify all employees when there is a mismatch of information and a TNC is received.
The email field is optional. So, if your employees are wondering if they should disclose their email address to USCIS, this new announcement may help them better decide. All these nuanced and nit-picky issues can start to pile up, so if you have any questions, give us a call!
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