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Citizenship, I-9, and J Visa Resources Online - June 22, 2011

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.