U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing individual notices to certain Syrian and Somalian temporary protected status (TPS) beneficiaries whose applications to renew Form I-766, Employment Authorization Document (EAD), remain pending.
The notices further extend the validity of certain Syrian TPS beneficiaries’ EADs through September 24, 2022. Their current EADs bear an A12 or C19 category and an expiration date of March 31, 2021; September 30, 2019; or March 31, 2018.
For Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, a TPS Syria beneficiary may present an EAD with a Category Code of A12 or C19 and an expiration date of March 31, 2021; September 30, 2019; or March 31, 2018, along with an individual notice mailed by USCIS that automatically extends their EAD through September 24, 2022. In these cases, employers should enter September 24, 2022, as the new expiration date of the automatically extended EAD in Section 2 under List A. Employers must reverify these employees on Form I-9 before they start work on September 25, 2022.
Once a new employee has completed the I-9 verification, employers should create a case in E-Verify for the employee. The employer should enter the EAD document number in E-Verify that was entered on the I-9 form, as well as the automatically extended date of September 24, 2022. Employers must reverify these employees on the I-9 form before they start work on September 25, 2022.
The notices further extend the validity of certain Somalian TPS beneficiaries’ EADs through September 12, 2022. Their current EADs bear an A12 or C19 category and a September 17, 2021, expiration end date, which was previously automatically extended.
For affected Syrians and Somalians, USCIS noted that Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) can verify the EAD extension provided by the individual notice. In some instances, SAVE user agencies may need to institute additional verification to do so, USCIS said.