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I-9/E-Verify News: USCIS Issues I-9 Guidance to Employers for DACA Employees

USCIS released I-9 instructions to employers today regarding how to fill out the I-9 form for new and existing DACA employees.  There have been many questions and speculations  concerning how to handle the Form I-9 with existing employees; thus, this guidance is certainly welcomed.  We would advise you to print out the instructions and keep them for reference and attach them to either your I-9 reverifications or your new I-9 forms (whichever is appropriate based upon the instructions) for existing DACA employees.

Please note also that the DACA website has been updated with new FAQ’s, instructions offered in various languages and Filing Tips.

To review, the DACA initiative offers a two year grant of reprieve from deportation as well as work authorization for unauthorized immigrants who were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012 and who can demonstrate that they meet the following criteria:

• Entered the United States before the age of 16
• Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007 and up to
the present time, and were physically present on June 15, 2012 and at the time
of application
• Are currently in school, have graduated from high school or earned a GED, or
are honorably discharged veterans of the US armed forces (including the Coast
• Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more
misdemeanors; or otherwise pose a threat to public safety or national security
• Entered the country illegally or overstayed their visa prior to June 15, 2012.

You might wish to refer to our previous blog post on DACA and sign up to receive our free newsletters, blog posts and I-9 information and updates.

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