The Department of Homeland Security announced a new Federal Register Notice that provides continuation of documentation for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) extension.
TPS Extension for Beneficiaries for Six Countries
On December 7, 2020 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new Federal Register Notice that provides continuation of documentation for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) extension for beneficiaries for six countries:
"This notice further provides information on the automatic extension of the validity of TPS-related Employment Authorization Documents (EADs); Notices of Action (Forms I-797); and Arrival/Departure Records (Forms I-94), (collectively “TPS-related documentation”); for those beneficiaries under the TPS designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and Nepal.
DHS is automatically extending the validity of TPS-related documentation for beneficiaries under the TPS designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and Nepal for nine months through October 4, 2021, from the current expiration date of January 4, 2021."
What does a TPS Extension mean for Form I-9?
Form I-9 responsibilities extend past the time of hire. One of these responsibilities for employers is making sure an employee’s work authorization stays current. Some Employment Authorization Documents expire and then need to be reverified.
Here are some of the challenges employers face with Form I-9 reverification:
Understanding which documents need to be reverified and when
Keeping current on which employees’ documents are about to expire
Sending reminders to employees that they will need to provide updated documents for their work authorization
Based on global events, the DHS may designate certain countries for TPS if conditions there prevent nationals from returning home safely. If this occurs, DHS may extend the validity of any expiring employment authorization documents.
To help keep employers on top of Form I-9 responsibilities and reduce administrative burden, the I-9 Management system tracks expiration dates and sends automated reminders for Form I-9 reverifications. You can customize who receives alerts and when they are sent. Furthermore, if a TPS extension happens, I-9 Management will automatically adjust reverification alerts for you to help keep you current.