USCIS and Department of State (DOS) are making it easier to find
information about immigration online. USCIS has created the Citizenship Resource Center that has information about the process of gaining US citizenship
designed for individuals, teachers, and organizations. It also launched
"I-9 Central" a new online resource that provides employers and employees with
resources, tips, and guidance on completing the I-9 form as well as a
discussion of common mistakes and guidance on avoiding such errors.
The launch of I-9 Central follows the introduction of E-Verify Self
Check, a service launched in March by USCIS that allows workers and
job-seekers in the United States to check their own employment
eligibility status online. In a related development, USCIS recently
rolled out new E-Verify website content in Spanish. Perhaps the most
important feature now is instructions for employees on how to resolve a
tentative non-confirmation (TNC). Occurring in about three percent of
all E-Verify inquiries, a TNC is issued when E-Verify is unable to match
employee information with information in federal databases. In such
cases, employees commonly need to visit a Social Security Administration
office to resolve the discrepancy. With the new content in Spanish,
employers will be better prepared to advise their employees on how to
handle and resolve TNCs.
And, finally, the Department of State launched a redesigned website for the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program aimed at improving the application experience by providing a one-stop
shop for everything a J-1 applicant needs to know written in plain, easy
to understand English.