Extension of the Designation of South Sudan for Temporary Protected Status, 13688-13694 [2019-06746]

Download as PDF 13688 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 66 / Friday, April 5, 2019 / Notices khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES You may access the information collection instrument with instructions, or additional information by visiting the Federal eRulemaking Portal site at: http://www.regulations.gov and enter USCIS–2010–0008 in the search box. Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies should address one or more of the following four points: (1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. Overview of This Information Collection (1) Type of Information Collection Request: Revision of a Currently Approved Collection. (2) Title of the Form/Collection: Request for Fee Waiver. (3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the DHS sponsoring the collection: I–912; USCIS. (4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Primary: Individuals or households. USCIS uses the data collected on this form to verify that the applicant is unable to pay for the immigration benefit being requested. USCIS will consider waiving a fee for an application or petition when the applicant or petitioner clearly demonstrates that he or she is unable to pay the fee. Form I–912 standardizes the collection and analysis of statements and supporting documentation provided by the applicant with the fee waiver request. Form I–912 also streamlines and expedites USCIS’s review, approval, or denial of the fee waiver request by clearly laying out the most salient data and evidence necessary for the determination of inability to pay. Officers evaluate all factors, circumstances, and evidence supplied in support of a fee waiver request when VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:46 Apr 04, 2019 Jkt 247001 making a final determination. Each case is unique and is considered on its own merits. If the fee waiver is granted, the application will be processed. If the fee waiver is not granted, USCIS will notify the applicant and instruct him or her to file a new application with the appropriate fee. (5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: The estimated total number of respondents for the information collection I–912 is 350,000 and the estimated hour burden per response is 1.17 hours; for the information collection DACA Exemptions the estimated total number of respondents is 108 and the estimated hour burden per response is 1.17 hours; for the information collection 8 CFR 103.7(d) Director’s exception request the estimated total number of respondents is 20 and the estimated hour burden per response is 1.17 hours. (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: The total estimated annual hour burden associated with this collection is 409,650 hours. (7) An estimate of the total public burden (in cost) associated with the collection: The estimated total annual cost burden associated with this collection of information is $1,312,980. Dated: March 29, 2019. Samantha L. Deshommes, Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security. [FR Doc. 2019–06657 Filed 4–4–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–97–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services [CIS No. 2643–19; DHS Docket No. USCIS– 2014–0004] RIN 1615–ZB79 Extension of the Designation of South Sudan for Temporary Protected Status U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Through this Notice, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) is extending the designation of South Sudan for Temporary Protected Status SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (TPS) for 18 months, from May 3, 2019, through November 2, 2020. The extension allows currently eligible TPS beneficiaries to retain TPS through November 2, 2020, so long as they otherwise continue to meet the eligibility requirements for TPS. This Notice also sets forth procedures necessary for nationals of South Sudan (or aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided in South Sudan) to re-register for TPS and to apply for Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS will issue new EADs with a November 2, 2020 expiration date to eligible beneficiaries under South Sudan’s TPS designation who timely re-register and apply for EADs under this extension. DATES: Extension of Designation of South Sudan for TPS: The 18-month extension of the TPS designation of South Sudan is effective May 3, 2019, and will remain in effect through November 2, 2020. The 60-day reregistration period runs from April 5, 2019 through June 4, 2019. (Note: It is important for re-registrants to timely reregister during this 60-day period and not to wait until their EADs expire.) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: • You may contact Samantha Deshommes, Branch Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, by mail at 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20529–2060, or by phone at 800–375–5283. • For further information on TPS, including guidance on the reregistration process and additional information on eligibility, please visit the USCIS TPS web page at http:// www.uscis.gov/tps. You can find specific information about this extension of South Sudan’s TPS designation by selecting ‘‘South Sudan’’ from the menu on the left side of the TPS web page. • If you have additional questions about TPS, please visit uscis.gov/tools. Our online virtual assistant, Emma, can answer many of your questions and point you to additional information on our website. If you are unable to find your answers there, you may also call our USCIS Contact Center at 800–375– 5283. • Applicants seeking information about the status of their individual cases may check Case Status Online, available on the USCIS website at http:// www.uscis.gov, or call the USCIS Contact Center at 800–375–5283 (TTY 800–767–1833). E:\FR\FM\05APN1.SGM 05APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 66 / Friday, April 5, 2019 / Notices • Further information will also be available at local USCIS offices upon publication of this Notice. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Table of Abbreviations khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES BIA—Board of Immigration Appeals CFR—Code of Federal Regulations DHS—U.S. Department of Homeland Security DOS—U.S. Department of State EAD—Employment Authorization Document FNC—Final Nonconfirmation FR—Federal Register Government—U.S. Government IJ—Immigration Judge INA—Immigration and Nationality Act IER—U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Immigrant and Employee Rights Section SAVE—USCIS Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements Program Secretary—Secretary of Homeland Security TNC—Tentative Nonconfirmation TPS—Temporary Protected Status TTY—Text Telephone USCIS—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services USC—United States Code Through this Notice, DHS sets forth procedures necessary for eligible nationals of South Sudan (or aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided in South Sudan) to re-register for TPS and to apply for renewal of their EADs with USCIS. Reregistration is limited to persons who have previously registered for TPS under the designation of South Sudan and whose applications have been granted. For individuals who have already been granted TPS under South Sudan’s designation, the 60-day re-registration period runs from April 5, 2019 through June 4, 2019. USCIS will issue new EADs with a November 2, 2020 expiration date to eligible South Sudanese TPS beneficiaries who timely reregister and apply for EADs. Given the timeframes involved with processing TPS reregistration applications, DHS recognizes that not all re-registrants may receive new EADs before their current EADs expire on May 2, 2019. Accordingly, through this Federal Register notice, DHS automatically extends the validity of EADs issued under the TPS designation of South Sudan for 180 days, through October 29, 2019. Additionally, individuals who have EADs with an expiration date of November 2, 2017, and who applied for a new EAD during the last re-registration period but have not yet received their new EADs are also covered by this automatic extension. These individuals may show their EAD indicating a November 2, 2017, expiration date and their EAD application receipt (Notice of Action, Form I– 797C) that notes the application was received on or after September 21, 2017, to employers as proof of continued employment authorization through October 29, 2019. This Notice explains how TPS beneficiaries and their employers may determine which EADs are automatically extended and how this affects the Form I–9, Employment Eligibility Verification, and E-Verify processes. Individuals who have a South Sudan TPS Form I–821 and/or Form I–765 that was still VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:46 Apr 04, 2019 Jkt 247001 pending as of April 5, 2019 do not need to file either application again. If the TPS application is approved, the individual will be granted TPS through November 2, 2020. Similarly, if a pending TPS-related application for an EAD is approved, it will be valid through the same date. There are approximately 84 current beneficiaries under South Sudan’s TPS designation. What is Temporary Protected Status (TPS)? • TPS is a temporary immigration status granted to eligible nationals of a country designated for TPS under the INA, or to eligible persons without nationality who last habitually resided in the designated country. • During the TPS designation period, TPS beneficiaries are eligible to remain in the United States, may not be removed, and are authorized to obtain EADs so long as they continue to meet the requirements of TPS. • TPS beneficiaries may also apply for and be granted travel authorization as a matter of discretion. • The granting of TPS does not result in or lead to lawful permanent resident status. • To qualify for TPS, beneficiaries must meet the eligibility standards at INA section 244(c)(1)–(2), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(c)(1)–(2). • When the Secretary terminates a country’s TPS designation, beneficiaries return to one of the following: Æ The same immigration status or category that they maintained before TPS, if any (unless that status or category has since expired or been terminated); or Æ Any other lawfully obtained immigration status or category they received while registered for TPS, as long as it is still valid beyond the date TPS terminates. When was South Sudan designated for TPS? South Sudan was initially designated for TPS on October 13, 2011, on the basis of ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in South Sudan that prevented nationals of South Sudan from safely returning. See Designation of Republic of South Sudan for Temporary Protected Status, 76 FR 63629 (Oct. 13, 2011). Following the initial designation, the Secretary extended and newly designated South Sudan for TPS in 2013, 2014, and 2016 respectively. See Extension and Redesignation of South Sudan for Temporary Protected Status, 78 FR 1866 (Jan. 9, 2013); Extension and Redesignation of South Sudan for Temporary Protected Status, 79 FR 52019 (Sept. 2, 2014); Extension and Redesignation of South Sudan for Temporary Protected Status, 81 FR 4051 (Jan. 25, 2016). Most recently, in 2017, the Acting Secretary extended South Sudan’s TPS designation for 18 months, based on ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions. See Extension of South Sudan for Temporary Protected Status, 82 FR 44205 (Sept. 21, 2017). PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 13689 What authority does the Secretary have to extend the designation of South Sudan for TPS? Section 244(b)(1) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(1), authorizes the Secretary, after consultation with appropriate agencies of the U.S. Government (Government), to designate a foreign state (or part thereof) for TPS if the Secretary determines that certain country conditions exist.1 The Secretary may then grant TPS to eligible nationals of that foreign state (or eligible aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided in the designated country). See INA section 244(a)(1)(A), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(a)(1)(A). At least 60 days before the expiration of a country’s TPS designation or extension, the Secretary, after consultation with appropriate Government agencies, must review the conditions in the foreign state designated for TPS to determine whether the conditions for the TPS designation continue to be met. See INA section 244(b)(3)(A), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(A). If the Secretary does not determine that the foreign state no longer meets the conditions for TPS designation, the designation will be extended for an additional period of 6 months or, in the Secretary’s discretion, 12 or 18 months. See INA section 244(b)(3)(A), (C), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(A), (C). If the Secretary determines that the foreign state no longer meets the conditions for TPS designation, the Secretary must terminate the designation. See INA section 244(b)(3)(B), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(B). Why is the Secretary extending the TPS designation for South Sudan through November 2, 2020? DHS has reviewed conditions in South Sudan. Based on the review, including input received from other U.S. Government agencies, the Secretary has determined that an 18-month extension is warranted because the ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions supporting South Sudan’s TPS designation remain. Currently, 4.2 million individuals are displaced in or outside of South Sudan, and over 7 million of the country’s 12 million people require humanitarian 1 As of March 1, 2003, in accordance with section 1517 of title XV of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, Public Law 107–296, 116 Stat. 2135, any reference to the Attorney General in a provision of the INA describing functions transferred from the Department of Justice to DHS ‘‘shall be deemed to refer to the Secretary’’ of Homeland Security. See 6 U.S.C. 557 (codifying the Homeland Security Act of 2002, tit. XV, section 1517). E:\FR\FM\05APN1.SGM 05APN1 khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 13690 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 66 / Friday, April 5, 2019 / Notices assistance. Numerous armed groups remain active in South Sudan. Since the 2017 extension of TPS for South Sudan, all parties to the conflict have continued to violate international humanitarian law and perpetrated serious human rights abuses against civilians. Armed conflict and lawlessness prevail in much of South Sudan, despite the warring parties’ adoption of an agreement to cease hostilities in December 2017, followed by the signing of a new peace agreement in September 2018. Although violence is assessed to have declined in parts of the country where the ceasefire has taken hold, incidents of indiscriminate violence against South Sudanese civilians, humanitarian aid workers, and United Nations personnel persist today. In particular, while the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) reported a decline in the overall number of reported human rights violations and abuses by the signatory parties following the ceasefire, reported incidents of sexual violence and child soldier recruitment increased from 2017 to 2018. Instances of the use of sexual violence—including against women and girls in government-controlled parts of the country and at UNMISS protection sites—remain widespread, even after the signing of the September 2018 peace agreement. Civilians, primarily women and girls, have reportedly been abducted by government forces and allied militias and raped in detention, where they were sometimes held for hours, days, or even weeks. Since mid2018, there have been nearly 2,300 reported cases of gender-based violence in South Sudan, although the actual number of incidents is believed to be much higher. This represents a 72 percent increase in reported incidents from the same period in 2017. Children in South Sudan are routinely abducted and forced to join fighting forces. In December 2017, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported that armed groups had recruited more than 19,000 children since the civil conflict started— representing an overall increase since 2015, when a total of 16,000 children had been recruited and since 2016, when a total of 17,000 children had been recruited. An upsurge in intercommunal violence in 2018, including cattle raiding and revenge killings, in Lakes and Jonglei states increased civilian displacement, looting, and casualties. Conflicts in these regions also occurred because of the uneven disarmament of local militias, and other festering intercommunal tensions. This violence VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:46 Apr 04, 2019 Jkt 247001 had spillover effects, including hampering the delivery of humanitarian assistance in 2018. Three aid workers were killed in September and October 2018 alone, bringing the total number of aid workers killed since the outset of the conflict to at least 112. As of January 2019, 4.2 million South Sudanese were displaced; 1.9 million South Sudanese were internally displaced; and an estimated 2.3 million were refugees in neighboring countries. UNMISS hosted nearly 200,000 civilians seeking safety in five protection sites. The figures reflect an increase in displacement since August 2017, when 3.9 million were displaced, of which 1.9 million were internally displaced and 2 million had fled to neighboring countries. South Sudan hosted approximately 292,500 refugees from neighboring countries during the same time period. In September 2018, increases in acute malnutrition due to severe food insecurity, widespread conflict and displacement, poor access to services, high morbidity, extremely poor diets, and poor sanitation and hygiene continued to characterize South Sudan’s humanitarian situation. In October 2018, the Department of State (DOS) assessed that ongoing fighting continued to plague South Sudan and resulted in large-scale displacement, restricted humanitarian access, and disrupted market and agricultural activities. Acute food insecurity has increased substantially since the outbreak of the conflict in 2013. In February 2019, Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) initiative data estimated that 6.17 million South Sudanese, over half of the total population, faced Crisis (IPC Phase 3) acute food insecurity or worse in January 2019, out of which 1.36 million people faced Emergency (IPC Phase 4) acute food insecurity and 30,000 people faced Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5) faminelike conditions. This is nearly four times the 1.6 million people estimated in ‘‘crisis’’ phase or worse in August 2013. In 2018, for the third consecutive year, South Sudan was the most dangerous place for delivering humanitarian assistance, according to the United Nations. Nevertheless, a decline in the number of conflict incidents in November and early December 2018, when compared with early 2018 and the same months in 2016 and 2017, has allowed for some increased humanitarian access. South Sudan’s economic collapse continued in 2018 according to the World Bank. The country’s real gross domestic product (GDP) contracted about 6.9 percent in Fiscal Year (FY) PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2017 and in July 2018, and was projected to further contract by 3.5 percent in FY 2018. Average GDP per capita dropped from $1,111 in 2014 to less than $200 in 2017. Over 80 percent of South Sudan’s population lives below the poverty line. As of December 2018, the protracted conflict and economic crisis has left over 5.7 million people in South Sudan without sufficient public health, water, and sanitation services and made them more susceptible to disease and malnutrition. About 1.5 million people live in areas facing high levels of access constraints—places where armed hostilities, violence against aid workers and assets, and other access impediments render humanitarian activities severely restricted, or in some cases impossible. Based upon this review and after consultation with appropriate Government agencies, the Secretary has determined that: • The conditions supporting South Sudan’s designation for TPS continue to be met. See INA section 244(b)(3)(A) and (C), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(A) and (C). • There continues to be an ongoing armed conflict in South Sudan and, due to such conflict, requiring the return to South Sudan of South Sudanese nationals (or aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided in South Sudan) would pose a serious threat to their personal safety. See INA section 244(b)(1)(A), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(1)(A). • There continue to be extraordinary and temporary conditions in South Sudan that prevent South Sudanese nationals (or aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided in South Sudan) from returning to South Sudan in safety, and it is not contrary to the national interest of the United States to permit South Sudanese TPS beneficiaries to remain in the United States temporarily. See INA section 244(b)(1)(C), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(1)(C). • The designation of South Sudan for TPS should be extended for an 18month period, from May 3, 2019 through November 2, 2020. See INA section 244(b)(3)(C), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(C). Notice of Extension of the TPS Designation of South Sudan By the authority vested in me as Secretary under INA section 244, 8 U.S.C. 1254a, I have determined, after consultation with the appropriate Government agencies, the conditions supporting South Sudan’s designation for TPS continue to be met. See INA section 244(b)(3)(A), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(A). On the basis of this determination, I am extending the E:\FR\FM\05APN1.SGM 05APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 66 / Friday, April 5, 2019 / Notices existing designation of TPS for South Sudan for 18 months, from May 3, 2019, through November 2, 2020. See INA section 244(b)(1)(A), (b)(1)(C); 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(1)(A), (b)(1)(C). Kirstjen M. Nielsen, Secretary. Required Application Forms and Application Fees To Re-Register for TPS To re-register for TPS based on the designation of South Sudan, you must submit an Application for Temporary Protected Status (Form I–821). You do not need to pay the filing fee for the Form I–821. See 8 CFR 244.17. You may be required to pay the biometric services fee. Please see additional information under the ‘‘Biometric Services Fee’’ section of this Notice. Through operation of this Federal Register notice, your existing EAD issued under the TPS designation of South Sudan with the expiration date of May 2, 2019, is automatically extended for 180 days, through October 29, 2019. However, if you want to obtain a new EAD valid through November 2, 2020, you must file an Application for Employment Authorization (Form I– 765) and pay the Form I–765 fee (or request a fee waiver). If you do not want a new EAD, you do not have to file Form I–765 or pay the Form I–765 fee. If you do not want to request a new EAD now, you may also file Form I–765 at a later date and pay the fee (or request a fee waiver), provided that you still have TPS or a pending TPS application. Additionally, individuals who have EADs with an expiration date of November 2, 2017, and who applied for a new EAD during the last reregistration period but have not yet received their new EADs are also covered by this automatic extension through October 29, 2019. You do not need to apply for a new EAD in order to benefit from this 180-day automatic extension. If you have a Form I–821 and/or Form I–765 that was still pending as of April 5, 2019, then you do not need to file either application again. If your pending TPS application is approved, you will be granted TPS through November 2, 2020. Similarly, if you have a pending TPS-related application for an EAD that is approved, it will be valid through the same date. You may file the application for a new EAD either prior to or after your current EAD has expired. However, you are strongly encouraged to file your application for a new EAD as early as possible to avoid gaps in the validity of your employment authorization documentation and to ensure that you receive your new EAD by October 29, 2019. For more information on the application forms and fees for TPS, please visit the USCIS TPS web page at http://www.uscis.gov/tps. Fees for the Form I–821, the Form I–765, and biometric services are also described in 8 CFR 103.7(b)(1)(i). Biometric Services Fee Biometrics (such as fingerprints) are required for all applicants 14 years of age and older. Those applicants must submit a biometric services fee. As previously stated, if you are unable to pay for the biometric services fee, you may complete a Form I–912 or submit a personal letter requesting a fee waiver, with satisfactory supporting documentation. For more information on the biometric services fee, please visit the USCIS website at http:// www.uscis.gov. If necessary, you may be required to visit an Application Support Center to have your biometrics captured. For additional information on the USCIS biometrics screening process, please see the USCIS Customer Profile Management Service Privacy Impact Assessment, available at www.dhs.gov/ privacy. 13691 Refiling a Re-Registration TPS Application After Receiving a Denial of a Fee Waiver Request You should file as soon as possible within the 60-day re-registration period so USCIS can process your application and issue any EAD promptly. Properly filing early will also allow you to have time to refile your application before the deadline, should USCIS deny your fee waiver request. If, however, you receive a denial of your fee waiver request and are unable to refile by the re-registration deadline, you may still refile your Form I–821 with the biometrics fee. This situation will be reviewed to determine whether you established good cause for late TPS re-registration. However, you are urged to refile within 45 days of the date on any USCIS fee waiver denial notice, if possible. See INA section 244(c)(3)(C); 8 U.S.C. 1254a(c)(3)(C); 8 CFR 244.17(b). For more information on good cause for late re-registration, visit the USCIS TPS web page at http:// www.uscis.gov/tps. Following denial of your fee waiver request, you may also refile your Form I–765 with fee either with your Form I–821 or at a later time, if you choose. Note: Although a re-registering TPS beneficiary age 14 and older must pay the biometric services fee (but not the Form I–821 fee) when filing a TPS reregistration application, you may decide to wait to request an EAD. Therefore, you do not have to file the Form I–765 or pay the associated Form I–765 fee (or request a fee waiver) at the time of reregistration, and could wait to seek an EAD until after USCIS has approved your TPS re-registration application. If you choose to do this, to re-register for TPS you would only need to file the Form I–821 with the biometrics services fee, if applicable, (or request a fee waiver). Mailing Information Mail your application for TPS to the proper address in Table 1. TABLE 1—MAILING ADDRESSES If you would like to send your application by: Then, mail your application to: U.S. Postal Service .................................................................................. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Attn: TPS South Sudan, P.O. Box 6943, Chicago, IL 60680–6943. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Attn: TPS South Sudan, 131 S Dearborn Street—3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60603–5517. khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES A non-U.S. Postal Service courier ........................................................... If you were granted TPS by an Immigration Judge (IJ) or the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and you wish to request an EAD or are reregistering for the first time following a grant of TPS by an IJ or the BIA, please VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:46 Apr 04, 2019 Jkt 247001 mail your application to the appropriate mailing address in Table 1. When reregistering and requesting an EAD based on an IJ/BIA grant of TPS, please include a copy of the IJ or BIA order granting you TPS with your application. PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 This will help us to verify your grant of TPS and process your application. Supporting Documents The filing instructions on the Form I– 821 list all the documents needed to E:\FR\FM\05APN1.SGM 05APN1 13692 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 66 / Friday, April 5, 2019 / Notices establish eligibility for TPS. You may also find information on the acceptable documentation and other requirements for applying or registering for TPS on the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov/tps under ‘‘South Sudan.’’ Employment Authorization Document (EAD) How can I obtain information on the status of my EAD request? To get case status information about your TPS application, including the status of an EAD request, you can check Case Status Online at http:// www.uscis.gov, or call the USCIS National Contact Center at 800–375– 5283 (TTY 800–767–1833). If your Form I–765 has been pending for more than 90 days, and you still need assistance, you may request an EAD inquiry appointment with USCIS by using the InfoPass system at https:// infopass.uscis.gov. However, we strongly encourage you first to check Case Status Online or call the USCIS National Contact Center for assistance before making an InfoPass appointment. khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Am I eligible to receive an automatic 180-day extension of my current EAD through October 29, 2019, using this Federal Register notice? Yes. Provided that you currently have a South Sudan TPS-based EAD, this Federal Register notice automatically extends your EAD through October 29, 2019, if you: • Are a national of South Sudan (or an alien having no nationality who last habitually resided in South Sudan); and either • Have an EAD with a marked expiration date of May 2, 2019, bearing the notation A–12 or C–19 on the face of the card under Category, or • Have an EAD with a marked expiration date of November 2, 2017, bearing the notation A–12 or C–19 on the face of the card under Category and you applied for a new EAD during the last re-registration period but have not yet received a new EAD. Although this Federal Register notice automatically extends your EAD through October 29, 2019, you must reregister timely for TPS in accordance with the procedures described in this Federal Register notice if you would like to maintain your TPS. When hired, what documentation may I show to my employer as evidence of employment authorization and identity when completing Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I–9)? You can find lists of acceptable documents on the ‘‘Acceptable VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:46 Apr 04, 2019 Jkt 247001 Documents’’ web page for Form I–9 at https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/ acceptable-documents. Employers must complete Form I–9 to verify the identity and employment authorization of all new employees. Within three days of hire, employees must present acceptable documents to their employers as evidence of identity and employment authorization to satisfy Form I–9 requirements. You may present any document from List A (which provides evidence of both identity and employment authorization), or one document from List B (which provides evidence of your identity) together with one document from List C (which is evidence of employment authorization), or you may present an acceptable receipt for List A, List B, or List C documents as described in the Form I–9 Instructions. Employers may not reject a document based on a future expiration date. You can find additional information about Form I–9 on the I–9 Central web page at http:// www.uscis.gov/I-9Central. An EAD is an acceptable document under List A. If your EAD has an expiration date of May 2, 2019, or November 2, 2017 (and you applied for a new EAD during the last reregistration period but have not yet received a new EAD), and states A–12 or C–19 under Category, it has been extended automatically by virtue of this Federal Register notice and you may choose to present this Notice along with your EAD to your employer as proof of identity and employment eligibility for Form I–9 through October 29, 2019, unless your TPS has been withdrawn or your request for TPS has been denied. If you have an EAD with a marked expiration date of May 2, 2019, that states A–12 or C–19 under Category, and you properly filed for a new EAD in accordance with this Notice, you will also receive Form I–797C, Notice of Action that will state your EAD is automatically extended for 180 days. You may choose to present your EAD to your employer together with this Form I–797C as a List A document that provides evidence of your identity and employment authorization for Form I–9 through October 29, 2019, unless your TPS has been withdrawn or your request for TPS has been denied. See the subsection titled, ‘‘How do my employer and I complete the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I–9) using an automatically extended EAD for a new job?’’ for further information. To reduce confusion over this extension at the time of hire, you should explain to your employer that your EAD has been automatically extended through October 29, 2019. You may also PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 provide your employer with a copy of this Federal Register notice, which explains that your EAD has been automatically extended. As an alternative to presenting evidence of your automatically extended EAD, you may choose to present any other acceptable document from List A, a combination of one selection from List B and one selection from List C, or a valid receipt. What documentation may I present to my employer for Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I–9) if I am already employed but my current TPS-related EAD is set to expire? Even though your EAD has been automatically extended, your employer is required by law to ask you about your continued employment authorization no later than before you start work on May 3, 2019. You will need to present your employer with evidence that you are still authorized to work. Once presented, you may correct your employment authorization expiration date in Section 1 and your employer should correct the EAD expiration date in Section 2 of Form I–9. See the subsection titled, ‘‘What corrections should my current employer and I make to Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I–9) if my employment authorization has been automatically extended?’’ for further information. You may show this Federal Register notice to your employer to explain what to do for Form I–9 and to show that your EAD has been automatically extended through October 29, 2019. Your employer may need to re-inspect your automatically extended EAD to check the expiration date and Category code if your employer did not keep a copy of this EAD when you initially presented it. In addition, if you have an EAD with a marked expiration date of May 2, 2019 that states A–12 or C–19 under Category, and you properly filed your Form I–765 to obtain a new EAD, you will receive a Form I–797C, Notice of Action. Form I–797C will state that your EAD is automatically extended for 180 days. You may present Form I–797C to your employer along with your EAD to confirm that the validity of your EAD has been automatically extended through October 29, 2019, unless your TPS has been withdrawn or your request for TPS has been denied. To reduce the possibility of gaps in your employment authorization documentation, you should file your Form I–765 to request a new EAD as early as possible during the reregistration period. The last day of the automatic EAD extension is October 29, 2019. Before E:\FR\FM\05APN1.SGM 05APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 66 / Friday, April 5, 2019 / Notices you start work on October 30, 2019, your employer must reverify your employment authorization. At that time, you must present any document from List A or any document from List C on Form I–9 Lists of Acceptable Documents, or an acceptable List A or List C receipt described in the Form I– 9 Instructions to reverify employment authorization. By October 30, 2019, your employer must complete Section 3 of the current version of the form, Form I–9 07/17/17 N, and attach it to the previously completed Form I–9, if your original Form I–9 was a previous version. Your employer can check the I–9 Central web page at http://www.uscis.gov/I-9Central for the most current version of Form I– 9. Note that your employer may not specify which List A or List C document you must present and cannot reject an acceptable receipt. khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Can my employer require that I provide any other documentation to prove my status, such as proof of my South Sudanese citizenship? No. When completing Form I–9, including reverifying employment authorization, employers must accept any documentation that appears on the Form I–9 ‘‘Lists of Acceptable Documents’’ that reasonably appears to be genuine and that relates to you, or an acceptable List A, List B, or List C receipt. Employers need not reverify List B identity documents. Employers may not request documentation that does not appear on the ‘‘Lists of Acceptable Documents.’’ Therefore, employers may not request proof of South Sudanese citizenship or proof of re-registration for TPS when completing Form I–9 for new hires or reverifying the employment authorization of current employees. If presented with EADs that have been automatically extended, employers should accept such documents as a valid List A document so long as the EAD reasonably appears to be genuine and relates to the employee. Refer to the Note to Employees section of this Federal Register notice for important information about your rights if your employer rejects lawful documentation, requires additional documentation, or otherwise discriminates against you based on your citizenship or immigration status, or your national origin. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:46 Apr 04, 2019 Jkt 247001 How do my employer and I complete Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I–9) using my automatically extended employment authorization for a new job? When using an automatically extended EAD to complete Form I–9 for a new job before October 30, 2019, you and your employer should do the following: 1. For Section 1, you should: a. Check ‘‘An alien authorized to work until’’ and enter October 29, 2019 as the ‘‘expiration date’’; and b. Enter your Alien Number/USCIS number or A-Number where indicated (your EAD or other document from DHS will have your USCIS number or ANumber printed on it; the USCIS number is the same as your A-Number without the A prefix). 2. For Section 2, employers should: a. Determine if the EAD is autoextended by ensuring it is in category A–12 or C–19 and has a May 2, 2019, expiration date (or November 2, 2017 expiration date provided your employee applied for a new EAD during the last re-registration period but has not yet received a new EAD); b. Write in the document title; c. Enter the issuing authority; d. Provide the document number; and e. Write October 29, 2019, as the expiration date. Before the start of work on October 30, 2019, employers must reverify the employee’s employment authorization in Section 3 of Form I–9. What corrections should my current employer and I make to Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I–9) if my employment authorization has been automatically extended? If you presented a TPS-related EAD that was valid when you first started your job and your EAD has now been automatically extended, your employer may need to re-inspect your current EAD if they do not have a copy of the EAD on file. You may, and your employer should, correct your previously completed Form I–9 as follows: 1. For Section 1, you may: a. Draw a line through the expiration date in Section 1; b. Write October 29, 2019, above the previous date; and c. Initial and date the correction in the margin of Section 1. 2. For Section 2, employers should: a. Determine if the EAD is autoextended by ensuring: • It is in category A–12 or C–19; and • Has a marked expiration date of May 2, 2019, or November 2, 2017, PO 00000 Frm 00069 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 13693 provided your employee applied for a new EAD during the last re-registration period but has not yet received a new EAD. b. Draw a line through the expiration date written in Section 2; c. Write October 29, 2019, above the previous date; and d. Initial and date the correction in the Additional Information field in Section 2. Note: This is not considered a reverification. Employers do not need to complete Section 3 until either the 180day automatic extension has ended or the employee presents a new document to show continued employment authorization, whichever is sooner. By October 30, 2019, when the employee’s automatically extended EAD has expired, employers must reverify the employee’s employment authorization in Section 3. If I am an employer enrolled in E-Verify, how do I verify a new employee whose EAD has been automatically extended? Employers may create a case in EVerify for these employees by providing the employee’s Alien Registration number, USCIS number, and entering the receipt number as the document number on Form I–9 into the document number field in E-Verify. If I am an employer enrolled in EVerify, what do I do when I receive a ‘‘Work Authorization Documents Expiration’’ alert for an automatically extended EAD? E-Verify automated the verification process for TPS-related EADs that are automatically extended. If you have employees who provided a TPS-related EAD when they first started working for you, you will receive a ‘‘Work Authorization Documents Expiring’’ case alert when the auto-extension period for this EAD is about to expire. The alert indicates that before this employee starts to work on October 30, 2019, you must reverify his or her employment authorization in Section 3 of Form I–9. Employers should not use E-Verify for reverification. Note to All Employers Employers are reminded that the laws requiring proper employment eligibility verification and prohibiting unfair immigration-related employment practices remain in full force. This Federal Register notice does not supersede or in any way limit applicable employment verification rules and policy guidance, including those rules setting forth reverification requirements. For general questions about the employment eligibility verification process, employers may call E:\FR\FM\05APN1.SGM 05APN1 13694 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 66 / Friday, April 5, 2019 / Notices khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES USCIS at 888–464–4218 (TTY 877–875– 6028) or email USCIS at I9Central@ dhs.gov. Calls and emails are accepted in English and many other languages. For questions about avoiding discrimination during the employment eligibility verification process (Form I– 9 and E-Verify), employers may call the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) (formerly the Office of Special Counsel for ImmigrationRelated Unfair Employment Practices) Employer Hotline at 800–255–8155 (TTY 800–237–2515). IER offers language interpretation in numerous languages. Employers may also email IER at IER@usdoj.gov. Note to Employees For general questions about the employment eligibility verification process, employees may call USCIS at 888–897–7781 (TTY 877–875–6028) or email USCIS at I-9Central@dhs.gov. Calls are accepted in English, Spanish, and many other languages. Employees or applicants may also call the IER Worker Hotline at 800–255–7688 (TTY 800–237–2515) for information regarding employment discrimination based upon citizenship, immigration status, or national origin, including discrimination related to Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I–9) and EVerify. The IER Worker Hotline provides language interpretation in numerous languages. To comply with the law, employers must accept any document or combination of documents from the Lists of Acceptable Documents if the documentation reasonably appears to be genuine and to relate to the employee, or an acceptable List A, List B, or List C receipt as described in the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I–9) Instructions. Employers may not require extra or additional documentation beyond what is required for Form I–9 completion. Further, employers participating in E-Verify who receive an E-Verify case result of ‘‘Tentative Nonconfirmation’’ (TNC) must promptly inform employees of the TNC and give such employees an opportunity to contest the TNC. A TNC case result means that the information entered into E-Verify from an employee’s Form I–9 differs from Federal or state government records. Employers may not terminate, suspend, delay training, withhold pay, lower pay, or take any adverse action against an employee because of the TNC while the case is still pending with EVerify. A Final Nonconfirmation (FNC) case result is received when E-Verify cannot verify an employee’s VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:46 Apr 04, 2019 Jkt 247001 employment eligibility. An employer may terminate employment based on a case result of FNC. Work-authorized employees who receive an FNC may call USCIS for assistance at 888–897–7781 (TTY 877–875–6028). For more information about E-Verify-related discrimination or to report an employer for discrimination in the E-Verify process based on citizenship, immigration status, or national origin, contact IER’s Worker Hotline at 800– 255–7688 (TTY 800–237–2515). Additional information about proper nondiscriminatory Form I–9 and EVerify procedures is available on the IER website at https://www.justice.gov/ ier and on the USCIS and E-Verify websites at https://www.uscis.gov/i-9central and https://www.e-verify.gov. Note Regarding Federal, State, and Local Government Agencies (Such as Departments of Motor Vehicles) While Federal Government agencies must follow the guidelines laid out by the Federal Government, state and local government agencies establish their own rules and guidelines when granting certain benefits. Each state may have different laws, requirements, and determinations about what documents you need to provide to prove eligibility for certain benefits. Whether you are applying for a Federal, state, or local government benefit, you may need to provide the government agency with documents that show you are a TPS beneficiary and/or show you are authorized to work based on TPS. Examples of such documents are: (1) Your current EAD; (2) A copy of your Notice of Action (Form I–797C), the notice of receipt, for your application to renew your current EAD providing an automatic extension of your currently expired or expiring EAD; (3) A copy of your Notice of Action (Form I–797C), the notice of receipt, for your Application for Temporary Protected Status for this re-registration; and (4) A copy of your Notice of Action (Form I–797), the notice of approval, for a past or current Application for Temporary Protected Status, if you received one from USCIS. Check with the government agency regarding which document(s) the agency will accept. Some benefit-granting agencies use the USCIS Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program to confirm the current immigration status of applicants for public benefits. While SAVE can verify when an individual has TPS, each agency’s procedures govern whether they will accept an PO 00000 Frm 00070 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 auto-extended TPS-related document. You should present the agency with a copy of the relevant Federal Register Notice showing the extension of TPSrelated documentation in addition to your recent TPS-related document with your alien or I–94 number. You should explain that SAVE will be able to verify the continuation of your TPS. You should ask the agency to initiate a SAVE query with your information and follow through with additional verification steps, if necessary, to get a final SAVE response showing the TPS. You can also ask the agency to look for SAVE notices or contact SAVE if they have any questions about your immigration status or auto-extension of TPS-related documentation. In most cases, SAVE provides an automated electronic response to benefit-granting agencies within seconds, but, occasionally, verification can be delayed. You can check the status of your SAVE verification by using CaseCheck at the following link: https://save.uscis.gov/ casecheck/, then by clicking the ‘‘Check Your Case’’ button. CaseCheck is a free service that lets you follow the progress of your SAVE verification using your date of birth and one immigration identifier number. If an agency has denied your application based solely or in part on a SAVE response, the agency must offer you the opportunity to appeal the decision in accordance with the agency’s procedures. If the agency has received and acted upon or will act upon a SAVE verification and you do not believe the response is correct, you may make an InfoPass appointment for an in-person interview at a local USCIS office. Detailed information on how to make corrections, make an appointment, or submit a written request to correct records under the Freedom of Information Act can be found on the SAVE website at http://www.uscis.gov/ save. [FR Doc. 2019–06746 Filed 4–4–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–97–P DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–7014–N–08] 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards Program Office of the Assistant Secretary for Housing—Federal Housing Commissioner, HUD. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\05APN1.SGM 05APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 66 (Friday, April 5, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 13688-13694]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

[CIS No. 2643-19; DHS Docket No. USCIS-2014-0004]
RIN 1615-ZB79


Extension of the Designation of South Sudan for Temporary 
Protected Status

AGENCY: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of 
Homeland Security.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Through this Notice, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 
announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) is 
extending the designation of South Sudan for Temporary Protected Status 
(TPS) for 18 months, from May 3, 2019, through November 2, 2020. The 
extension allows currently eligible TPS beneficiaries to retain TPS 
through November 2, 2020, so long as they otherwise continue to meet 
the eligibility requirements for TPS.
    This Notice also sets forth procedures necessary for nationals of 
South Sudan (or aliens having no nationality who last habitually 
resided in South Sudan) to re-register for TPS and to apply for 
Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) with U.S. Citizenship and 
Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS will issue new EADs with a November 
2, 2020 expiration date to eligible beneficiaries under South Sudan's 
TPS designation who timely re-register and apply for EADs under this 
extension.

DATES: Extension of Designation of South Sudan for TPS: The 18-month 
extension of the TPS designation of South Sudan is effective May 3, 
2019, and will remain in effect through November 2, 2020. The 60-day 
re-registration period runs from April 5, 2019 through June 4, 2019. 
(Note: It is important for re-registrants to timely re-register during 
this 60-day period and not to wait until their EADs expire.)

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
     You may contact Samantha Deshommes, Branch Chief, 
Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, U.S. 
Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland 
Security, by mail at 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20529-
2060, or by phone at 800-375-5283.
     For further information on TPS, including guidance on the 
re-registration process and additional information on eligibility, 
please visit the USCIS TPS web page at http://www.uscis.gov/tps. You 
can find specific information about this extension of South Sudan's TPS 
designation by selecting ``South Sudan'' from the menu on the left side 
of the TPS web page.
     If you have additional questions about TPS, please visit 
uscis.gov/tools. Our online virtual assistant, Emma, can answer many of 
your questions and point you to additional information on our website. 
If you are unable to find your answers there, you may also call our 
USCIS Contact Center at 800-375-5283.
     Applicants seeking information about the status of their 
individual cases may check Case Status Online, available on the USCIS 
website at http://www.uscis.gov, or call the USCIS Contact Center at 
800-375-5283 (TTY 800-767-1833).

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     Further information will also be available at local USCIS 
offices upon publication of this Notice.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Table of Abbreviations

BIA--Board of Immigration Appeals
CFR--Code of Federal Regulations
DHS--U.S. Department of Homeland Security
DOS--U.S. Department of State
EAD--Employment Authorization Document
FNC--Final Nonconfirmation
FR--Federal Register
Government--U.S. Government
IJ--Immigration Judge
INA--Immigration and Nationality Act
IER--U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Immigrant and 
Employee Rights Section
SAVE--USCIS Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements Program
Secretary--Secretary of Homeland Security
TNC--Tentative Nonconfirmation
TPS--Temporary Protected Status
TTY--Text Telephone
USCIS--U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
USC--United States Code

    Through this Notice, DHS sets forth procedures necessary for 
eligible nationals of South Sudan (or aliens having no nationality 
who last habitually resided in South Sudan) to re-register for TPS 
and to apply for renewal of their EADs with USCIS. Re-registration 
is limited to persons who have previously registered for TPS under 
the designation of South Sudan and whose applications have been 
granted.
    For individuals who have already been granted TPS under South 
Sudan's designation, the 60-day re-registration period runs from 
April 5, 2019 through June 4, 2019. USCIS will issue new EADs with a 
November 2, 2020 expiration date to eligible South Sudanese TPS 
beneficiaries who timely re-register and apply for EADs. Given the 
timeframes involved with processing TPS re-registration 
applications, DHS recognizes that not all re-registrants may receive 
new EADs before their current EADs expire on May 2, 2019. 
Accordingly, through this Federal Register notice, DHS automatically 
extends the validity of EADs issued under the TPS designation of 
South Sudan for 180 days, through October 29, 2019. Additionally, 
individuals who have EADs with an expiration date of November 2, 
2017, and who applied for a new EAD during the last re-registration 
period but have not yet received their new EADs are also covered by 
this automatic extension. These individuals may show their EAD 
indicating a November 2, 2017, expiration date and their EAD 
application receipt (Notice of Action, Form I-797C) that notes the 
application was received on or after September 21, 2017, to 
employers as proof of continued employment authorization through 
October 29, 2019. This Notice explains how TPS beneficiaries and 
their employers may determine which EADs are automatically extended 
and how this affects the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility 
Verification, and E-Verify processes.
    Individuals who have a South Sudan TPS Form I-821 and/or Form I-
765 that was still pending as of April 5, 2019 do not need to file 
either application again. If the TPS application is approved, the 
individual will be granted TPS through November 2, 2020. Similarly, 
if a pending TPS-related application for an EAD is approved, it will 
be valid through the same date. There are approximately 84 current 
beneficiaries under South Sudan's TPS designation.

What is Temporary Protected Status (TPS)?

     TPS is a temporary immigration status granted to 
eligible nationals of a country designated for TPS under the INA, or 
to eligible persons without nationality who last habitually resided 
in the designated country.
     During the TPS designation period, TPS beneficiaries 
are eligible to remain in the United States, may not be removed, and 
are authorized to obtain EADs so long as they continue to meet the 
requirements of TPS.
     TPS beneficiaries may also apply for and be granted 
travel authorization as a matter of discretion.
     The granting of TPS does not result in or lead to 
lawful permanent resident status.
     To qualify for TPS, beneficiaries must meet the 
eligibility standards at INA section 244(c)(1)-(2), 8 U.S.C. 
1254a(c)(1)-(2).
     When the Secretary terminates a country's TPS 
designation, beneficiaries return to one of the following:
    [cir] The same immigration status or category that they 
maintained before TPS, if any (unless that status or category has 
since expired or been terminated); or
    [cir] Any other lawfully obtained immigration status or category 
they received while registered for TPS, as long as it is still valid 
beyond the date TPS terminates.

When was South Sudan designated for TPS?

    South Sudan was initially designated for TPS on October 13, 2011, 
on the basis of ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary 
conditions in South Sudan that prevented nationals of South Sudan from 
safely returning. See Designation of Republic of South Sudan for 
Temporary Protected Status, 76 FR 63629 (Oct. 13, 2011). Following the 
initial designation, the Secretary extended and newly designated South 
Sudan for TPS in 2013, 2014, and 2016 respectively. See Extension and 
Redesignation of South Sudan for Temporary Protected Status, 78 FR 1866 
(Jan. 9, 2013); Extension and Redesignation of South Sudan for 
Temporary Protected Status, 79 FR 52019 (Sept. 2, 2014); Extension and 
Redesignation of South Sudan for Temporary Protected Status, 81 FR 4051 
(Jan. 25, 2016). Most recently, in 2017, the Acting Secretary extended 
South Sudan's TPS designation for 18 months, based on ongoing armed 
conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions. See Extension of 
South Sudan for Temporary Protected Status, 82 FR 44205 (Sept. 21, 
2017).

What authority does the Secretary have to extend the designation of 
South Sudan for TPS?

    Section 244(b)(1) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(1), authorizes the 
Secretary, after consultation with appropriate agencies of the U.S. 
Government (Government), to designate a foreign state (or part thereof) 
for TPS if the Secretary determines that certain country conditions 
exist.\1\ The Secretary may then grant TPS to eligible nationals of 
that foreign state (or eligible aliens having no nationality who last 
habitually resided in the designated country). See INA section 
244(a)(1)(A), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(a)(1)(A).
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    \1\ As of March 1, 2003, in accordance with section 1517 of 
title XV of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, Public Law 107-296, 
116 Stat. 2135, any reference to the Attorney General in a provision 
of the INA describing functions transferred from the Department of 
Justice to DHS ``shall be deemed to refer to the Secretary'' of 
Homeland Security. See 6 U.S.C. 557 (codifying the Homeland Security 
Act of 2002, tit. XV, section 1517).
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    At least 60 days before the expiration of a country's TPS 
designation or extension, the Secretary, after consultation with 
appropriate Government agencies, must review the conditions in the 
foreign state designated for TPS to determine whether the conditions 
for the TPS designation continue to be met. See INA section 
244(b)(3)(A), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(A). If the Secretary does not 
determine that the foreign state no longer meets the conditions for TPS 
designation, the designation will be extended for an additional period 
of 6 months or, in the Secretary's discretion, 12 or 18 months. See INA 
section 244(b)(3)(A), (C), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(A), (C). If the 
Secretary determines that the foreign state no longer meets the 
conditions for TPS designation, the Secretary must terminate the 
designation. See INA section 244(b)(3)(B), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(B).

Why is the Secretary extending the TPS designation for South Sudan 
through November 2, 2020?

    DHS has reviewed conditions in South Sudan. Based on the review, 
including input received from other U.S. Government agencies, the 
Secretary has determined that an 18-month extension is warranted 
because the ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary 
conditions supporting South Sudan's TPS designation remain.
    Currently, 4.2 million individuals are displaced in or outside of 
South Sudan, and over 7 million of the country's 12 million people 
require humanitarian

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assistance. Numerous armed groups remain active in South Sudan. Since 
the 2017 extension of TPS for South Sudan, all parties to the conflict 
have continued to violate international humanitarian law and 
perpetrated serious human rights abuses against civilians.
    Armed conflict and lawlessness prevail in much of South Sudan, 
despite the warring parties' adoption of an agreement to cease 
hostilities in December 2017, followed by the signing of a new peace 
agreement in September 2018. Although violence is assessed to have 
declined in parts of the country where the ceasefire has taken hold, 
incidents of indiscriminate violence against South Sudanese civilians, 
humanitarian aid workers, and United Nations personnel persist today. 
In particular, while the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) 
reported a decline in the overall number of reported human rights 
violations and abuses by the signatory parties following the ceasefire, 
reported incidents of sexual violence and child soldier recruitment 
increased from 2017 to 2018.
    Instances of the use of sexual violence--including against women 
and girls in government-controlled parts of the country and at UNMISS 
protection sites--remain widespread, even after the signing of the 
September 2018 peace agreement. Civilians, primarily women and girls, 
have reportedly been abducted by government forces and allied militias 
and raped in detention, where they were sometimes held for hours, days, 
or even weeks. Since mid-2018, there have been nearly 2,300 reported 
cases of gender-based violence in South Sudan, although the actual 
number of incidents is believed to be much higher. This represents a 72 
percent increase in reported incidents from the same period in 2017.
    Children in South Sudan are routinely abducted and forced to join 
fighting forces. In December 2017, the United Nations Children's Fund 
(UNICEF) reported that armed groups had recruited more than 19,000 
children since the civil conflict started--representing an overall 
increase since 2015, when a total of 16,000 children had been recruited 
and since 2016, when a total of 17,000 children had been recruited.
    An upsurge in intercommunal violence in 2018, including cattle 
raiding and revenge killings, in Lakes and Jonglei states increased 
civilian displacement, looting, and casualties. Conflicts in these 
regions also occurred because of the uneven disarmament of local 
militias, and other festering intercommunal tensions. This violence had 
spillover effects, including hampering the delivery of humanitarian 
assistance in 2018. Three aid workers were killed in September and 
October 2018 alone, bringing the total number of aid workers killed 
since the outset of the conflict to at least 112.
    As of January 2019, 4.2 million South Sudanese were displaced; 1.9 
million South Sudanese were internally displaced; and an estimated 2.3 
million were refugees in neighboring countries. UNMISS hosted nearly 
200,000 civilians seeking safety in five protection sites. The figures 
reflect an increase in displacement since August 2017, when 3.9 million 
were displaced, of which 1.9 million were internally displaced and 2 
million had fled to neighboring countries. South Sudan hosted 
approximately 292,500 refugees from neighboring countries during the 
same time period.
    In September 2018, increases in acute malnutrition due to severe 
food insecurity, widespread conflict and displacement, poor access to 
services, high morbidity, extremely poor diets, and poor sanitation and 
hygiene continued to characterize South Sudan's humanitarian situation. 
In October 2018, the Department of State (DOS) assessed that ongoing 
fighting continued to plague South Sudan and resulted in large-scale 
displacement, restricted humanitarian access, and disrupted market and 
agricultural activities.
    Acute food insecurity has increased substantially since the 
outbreak of the conflict in 2013. In February 2019, Integrated Food 
Security Phase Classification (IPC) initiative data estimated that 6.17 
million South Sudanese, over half of the total population, faced Crisis 
(IPC Phase 3) acute food insecurity or worse in January 2019, out of 
which 1.36 million people faced Emergency (IPC Phase 4) acute food 
insecurity and 30,000 people faced Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5) famine-
like conditions. This is nearly four times the 1.6 million people 
estimated in ``crisis'' phase or worse in August 2013.
    In 2018, for the third consecutive year, South Sudan was the most 
dangerous place for delivering humanitarian assistance, according to 
the United Nations. Nevertheless, a decline in the number of conflict 
incidents in November and early December 2018, when compared with early 
2018 and the same months in 2016 and 2017, has allowed for some 
increased humanitarian access.
    South Sudan's economic collapse continued in 2018 according to the 
World Bank. The country's real gross domestic product (GDP) contracted 
about 6.9 percent in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 and in July 2018, and was 
projected to further contract by 3.5 percent in FY 2018. Average GDP 
per capita dropped from $1,111 in 2014 to less than $200 in 2017. Over 
80 percent of South Sudan's population lives below the poverty line.
    As of December 2018, the protracted conflict and economic crisis 
has left over 5.7 million people in South Sudan without sufficient 
public health, water, and sanitation services and made them more 
susceptible to disease and malnutrition. About 1.5 million people live 
in areas facing high levels of access constraints--places where armed 
hostilities, violence against aid workers and assets, and other access 
impediments render humanitarian activities severely restricted, or in 
some cases impossible. Based upon this review and after consultation 
with appropriate Government agencies, the Secretary has determined 
that:
     The conditions supporting South Sudan's designation for 
TPS continue to be met. See INA section 244(b)(3)(A) and (C), 8 U.S.C. 
1254a(b)(3)(A) and (C).
     There continues to be an ongoing armed conflict in South 
Sudan and, due to such conflict, requiring the return to South Sudan of 
South Sudanese nationals (or aliens having no nationality who last 
habitually resided in South Sudan) would pose a serious threat to their 
personal safety. See INA section 244(b)(1)(A), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(1)(A).
     There continue to be extraordinary and temporary 
conditions in South Sudan that prevent South Sudanese nationals (or 
aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided in South 
Sudan) from returning to South Sudan in safety, and it is not contrary 
to the national interest of the United States to permit South Sudanese 
TPS beneficiaries to remain in the United States temporarily. See INA 
section 244(b)(1)(C), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(1)(C).
     The designation of South Sudan for TPS should be extended 
for an 18-month period, from May 3, 2019 through November 2, 2020. See 
INA section 244(b)(3)(C), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(C).

Notice of Extension of the TPS Designation of South Sudan

    By the authority vested in me as Secretary under INA section 244, 8 
U.S.C. 1254a, I have determined, after consultation with the 
appropriate Government agencies, the conditions supporting South 
Sudan's designation for TPS continue to be met. See INA section 
244(b)(3)(A), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(A). On the basis of this 
determination, I am extending the

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existing designation of TPS for South Sudan for 18 months, from May 3, 
2019, through November 2, 2020. See INA section 244(b)(1)(A), 
(b)(1)(C); 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(1)(A), (b)(1)(C).

Kirstjen M. Nielsen,
Secretary.

Required Application Forms and Application Fees To Re-Register for TPS

    To re-register for TPS based on the designation of South Sudan, you 
must submit an Application for Temporary Protected Status (Form I-821). 
You do not need to pay the filing fee for the Form I-821. See 8 CFR 
244.17. You may be required to pay the biometric services fee. Please 
see additional information under the ``Biometric Services Fee'' section 
of this Notice.
    Through operation of this Federal Register notice, your existing 
EAD issued under the TPS designation of South Sudan with the expiration 
date of May 2, 2019, is automatically extended for 180 days, through 
October 29, 2019. However, if you want to obtain a new EAD valid 
through November 2, 2020, you must file an Application for Employment 
Authorization (Form I-765) and pay the Form I-765 fee (or request a fee 
waiver). If you do not want a new EAD, you do not have to file Form I-
765 or pay the Form I-765 fee. If you do not want to request a new EAD 
now, you may also file Form I-765 at a later date and pay the fee (or 
request a fee waiver), provided that you still have TPS or a pending 
TPS application.
    Additionally, individuals who have EADs with an expiration date of 
November 2, 2017, and who applied for a new EAD during the last re-
registration period but have not yet received their new EADs are also 
covered by this automatic extension through October 29, 2019. You do 
not need to apply for a new EAD in order to benefit from this 180-day 
automatic extension. If you have a Form I-821 and/or Form I-765 that 
was still pending as of April 5, 2019, then you do not need to file 
either application again. If your pending TPS application is approved, 
you will be granted TPS through November 2, 2020. Similarly, if you 
have a pending TPS-related application for an EAD that is approved, it 
will be valid through the same date.
    You may file the application for a new EAD either prior to or after 
your current EAD has expired. However, you are strongly encouraged to 
file your application for a new EAD as early as possible to avoid gaps 
in the validity of your employment authorization documentation and to 
ensure that you receive your new EAD by October 29, 2019.
    For more information on the application forms and fees for TPS, 
please visit the USCIS TPS web page at http://www.uscis.gov/tps. Fees 
for the Form I-821, the Form I-765, and biometric services are also 
described in 8 CFR 103.7(b)(1)(i).

Biometric Services Fee

    Biometrics (such as fingerprints) are required for all applicants 
14 years of age and older. Those applicants must submit a biometric 
services fee. As previously stated, if you are unable to pay for the 
biometric services fee, you may complete a Form I-912 or submit a 
personal letter requesting a fee waiver, with satisfactory supporting 
documentation. For more information on the biometric services fee, 
please visit the USCIS website at http://www.uscis.gov. If necessary, 
you may be required to visit an Application Support Center to have your 
biometrics captured. For additional information on the USCIS biometrics 
screening process, please see the USCIS Customer Profile Management 
Service Privacy Impact Assessment, available at www.dhs.gov/privacy.

Refiling a Re-Registration TPS Application After Receiving a Denial of 
a Fee Waiver Request

    You should file as soon as possible within the 60-day re-
registration period so USCIS can process your application and issue any 
EAD promptly. Properly filing early will also allow you to have time to 
refile your application before the deadline, should USCIS deny your fee 
waiver request. If, however, you receive a denial of your fee waiver 
request and are unable to refile by the re-registration deadline, you 
may still refile your Form I-821 with the biometrics fee. This 
situation will be reviewed to determine whether you established good 
cause for late TPS re-registration. However, you are urged to refile 
within 45 days of the date on any USCIS fee waiver denial notice, if 
possible. See INA section 244(c)(3)(C); 8 U.S.C. 1254a(c)(3)(C); 8 CFR 
244.17(b). For more information on good cause for late re-registration, 
visit the USCIS TPS web page at http://www.uscis.gov/tps. Following 
denial of your fee waiver request, you may also refile your Form I-765 
with fee either with your Form I-821 or at a later time, if you choose.
    Note: Although a re-registering TPS beneficiary age 14 and older 
must pay the biometric services fee (but not the Form I-821 fee) when 
filing a TPS re-registration application, you may decide to wait to 
request an EAD. Therefore, you do not have to file the Form I-765 or 
pay the associated Form I-765 fee (or request a fee waiver) at the time 
of re-registration, and could wait to seek an EAD until after USCIS has 
approved your TPS re-registration application. If you choose to do 
this, to re-register for TPS you would only need to file the Form I-821 
with the biometrics services fee, if applicable, (or request a fee 
waiver).

Mailing Information

    Mail your application for TPS to the proper address in Table 1.

                       Table 1--Mailing Addresses
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     If you would like to send your      Then, mail your application to:
            application by:
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U.S. Postal Service....................  U.S. Citizenship and
                                          Immigration Services, Attn:
                                          TPS South Sudan, P.O. Box
                                          6943, Chicago, IL 60680-6943.
A non-U.S. Postal Service courier......  U.S. Citizenship and
                                          Immigration Services, Attn:
                                          TPS South Sudan, 131 S
                                          Dearborn Street--3rd Floor,
                                          Chicago, IL 60603-5517.
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    If you were granted TPS by an Immigration Judge (IJ) or the Board 
of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and you wish to request an EAD or are re-
registering for the first time following a grant of TPS by an IJ or the 
BIA, please mail your application to the appropriate mailing address in 
Table 1. When re-registering and requesting an EAD based on an IJ/BIA 
grant of TPS, please include a copy of the IJ or BIA order granting you 
TPS with your application. This will help us to verify your grant of 
TPS and process your application.

Supporting Documents

    The filing instructions on the Form I-821 list all the documents 
needed to

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establish eligibility for TPS. You may also find information on the 
acceptable documentation and other requirements for applying or 
registering for TPS on the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov/tps under 
``South Sudan.''

Employment Authorization Document (EAD)

How can I obtain information on the status of my EAD request?

    To get case status information about your TPS application, 
including the status of an EAD request, you can check Case Status 
Online at http://www.uscis.gov, or call the USCIS National Contact 
Center at 800-375-5283 (TTY 800-767-1833). If your Form I-765 has been 
pending for more than 90 days, and you still need assistance, you may 
request an EAD inquiry appointment with USCIS by using the InfoPass 
system at https://infopass.uscis.gov. However, we strongly encourage 
you first to check Case Status Online or call the USCIS National 
Contact Center for assistance before making an InfoPass appointment.

Am I eligible to receive an automatic 180-day extension of my current 
EAD through October 29, 2019, using this Federal Register notice?

    Yes. Provided that you currently have a South Sudan TPS-based EAD, 
this Federal Register notice automatically extends your EAD through 
October 29, 2019, if you:
     Are a national of South Sudan (or an alien having no 
nationality who last habitually resided in South Sudan); and either
     Have an EAD with a marked expiration date of May 2, 2019, 
bearing the notation A-12 or C-19 on the face of the card under 
Category, or
     Have an EAD with a marked expiration date of November 2, 
2017, bearing the notation A-12 or C-19 on the face of the card under 
Category and you applied for a new EAD during the last re-registration 
period but have not yet received a new EAD.
    Although this Federal Register notice automatically extends your 
EAD through October 29, 2019, you must re-register timely for TPS in 
accordance with the procedures described in this Federal Register 
notice if you would like to maintain your TPS.

When hired, what documentation may I show to my employer as evidence of 
employment authorization and identity when completing Employment 
Eligibility Verification (Form I-9)?

    You can find lists of acceptable documents on the ``Acceptable 
Documents'' web page for Form I-9 at https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/acceptable-documents. Employers must complete Form I-9 to verify the 
identity and employment authorization of all new employees. Within 
three days of hire, employees must present acceptable documents to 
their employers as evidence of identity and employment authorization to 
satisfy Form I-9 requirements.
    You may present any document from List A (which provides evidence 
of both identity and employment authorization), or one document from 
List B (which provides evidence of your identity) together with one 
document from List C (which is evidence of employment authorization), 
or you may present an acceptable receipt for List A, List B, or List C 
documents as described in the Form I-9 Instructions. Employers may not 
reject a document based on a future expiration date. You can find 
additional information about Form I-9 on the I-9 Central web page at 
http://www.uscis.gov/I-9Central.
    An EAD is an acceptable document under List A. If your EAD has an 
expiration date of May 2, 2019, or November 2, 2017 (and you applied 
for a new EAD during the last re-registration period but have not yet 
received a new EAD), and states A-12 or C-19 under Category, it has 
been extended automatically by virtue of this Federal Register notice 
and you may choose to present this Notice along with your EAD to your 
employer as proof of identity and employment eligibility for Form I-9 
through October 29, 2019, unless your TPS has been withdrawn or your 
request for TPS has been denied. If you have an EAD with a marked 
expiration date of May 2, 2019, that states A-12 or C-19 under 
Category, and you properly filed for a new EAD in accordance with this 
Notice, you will also receive Form I-797C, Notice of Action that will 
state your EAD is automatically extended for 180 days. You may choose 
to present your EAD to your employer together with this Form I-797C as 
a List A document that provides evidence of your identity and 
employment authorization for Form I-9 through October 29, 2019, unless 
your TPS has been withdrawn or your request for TPS has been denied. 
See the subsection titled, ``How do my employer and I complete the 
Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) using an automatically 
extended EAD for a new job?'' for further information.
    To reduce confusion over this extension at the time of hire, you 
should explain to your employer that your EAD has been automatically 
extended through October 29, 2019. You may also provide your employer 
with a copy of this Federal Register notice, which explains that your 
EAD has been automatically extended. As an alternative to presenting 
evidence of your automatically extended EAD, you may choose to present 
any other acceptable document from List A, a combination of one 
selection from List B and one selection from List C, or a valid 
receipt.

What documentation may I present to my employer for Employment 
Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) if I am already employed but my 
current TPS-related EAD is set to expire?

    Even though your EAD has been automatically extended, your employer 
is required by law to ask you about your continued employment 
authorization no later than before you start work on May 3, 2019. You 
will need to present your employer with evidence that you are still 
authorized to work. Once presented, you may correct your employment 
authorization expiration date in Section 1 and your employer should 
correct the EAD expiration date in Section 2 of Form I-9. See the 
subsection titled, ``What corrections should my current employer and I 
make to Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) if my employment 
authorization has been automatically extended?'' for further 
information. You may show this Federal Register notice to your employer 
to explain what to do for Form I-9 and to show that your EAD has been 
automatically extended through October 29, 2019. Your employer may need 
to re-inspect your automatically extended EAD to check the expiration 
date and Category code if your employer did not keep a copy of this EAD 
when you initially presented it. In addition, if you have an EAD with a 
marked expiration date of May 2, 2019 that states A-12 or C-19 under 
Category, and you properly filed your Form I-765 to obtain a new EAD, 
you will receive a Form I-797C, Notice of Action. Form I-797C will 
state that your EAD is automatically extended for 180 days. You may 
present Form I-797C to your employer along with your EAD to confirm 
that the validity of your EAD has been automatically extended through 
October 29, 2019, unless your TPS has been withdrawn or your request 
for TPS has been denied. To reduce the possibility of gaps in your 
employment authorization documentation, you should file your Form I-765 
to request a new EAD as early as possible during the re-registration 
period.
    The last day of the automatic EAD extension is October 29, 2019. 
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you start work on October 30, 2019, your employer must reverify your 
employment authorization. At that time, you must present any document 
from List A or any document from List C on Form I-9 Lists of Acceptable 
Documents, or an acceptable List A or List C receipt described in the 
Form I-9 Instructions to reverify employment authorization.
    By October 30, 2019, your employer must complete Section 3 of the 
current version of the form, Form I-9 07/17/17 N, and attach it to the 
previously completed Form I-9, if your original Form I-9 was a previous 
version. Your employer can check the I-9 Central web page at http://www.uscis.gov/I-9Central for the most current version of Form I-9.
    Note that your employer may not specify which List A or List C 
document you must present and cannot reject an acceptable receipt.

Can my employer require that I provide any other documentation to prove 
my status, such as proof of my South Sudanese citizenship?

    No. When completing Form I-9, including reverifying employment 
authorization, employers must accept any documentation that appears on 
the Form I-9 ``Lists of Acceptable Documents'' that reasonably appears 
to be genuine and that relates to you, or an acceptable List A, List B, 
or List C receipt. Employers need not reverify List B identity 
documents. Employers may not request documentation that does not appear 
on the ``Lists of Acceptable Documents.'' Therefore, employers may not 
request proof of South Sudanese citizenship or proof of re-registration 
for TPS when completing Form I-9 for new hires or reverifying the 
employment authorization of current employees. If presented with EADs 
that have been automatically extended, employers should accept such 
documents as a valid List A document so long as the EAD reasonably 
appears to be genuine and relates to the employee. Refer to the Note to 
Employees section of this Federal Register notice for important 
information about your rights if your employer rejects lawful 
documentation, requires additional documentation, or otherwise 
discriminates against you based on your citizenship or immigration 
status, or your national origin.

How do my employer and I complete Employment Eligibility Verification 
(Form I-9) using my automatically extended employment authorization for 
a new job?

    When using an automatically extended EAD to complete Form I-9 for a 
new job before October 30, 2019, you and your employer should do the 
following:
    1. For Section 1, you should:
    a. Check ``An alien authorized to work until'' and enter October 
29, 2019 as the ``expiration date''; and
    b. Enter your Alien Number/USCIS number or A-Number where indicated 
(your EAD or other document from DHS will have your USCIS number or A-
Number printed on it; the USCIS number is the same as your A-Number 
without the A prefix).
    2. For Section 2, employers should:
    a. Determine if the EAD is auto-extended by ensuring it is in 
category A-12 or C-19 and has a May 2, 2019, expiration date (or 
November 2, 2017 expiration date provided your employee applied for a 
new EAD during the last re-registration period but has not yet received 
a new EAD);
    b. Write in the document title;
    c. Enter the issuing authority;
    d. Provide the document number; and
    e. Write October 29, 2019, as the expiration date.
    Before the start of work on October 30, 2019, employers must 
reverify the employee's employment authorization in Section 3 of Form 
I-9.

What corrections should my current employer and I make to Employment 
Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) if my employment authorization has 
been automatically extended?

    If you presented a TPS-related EAD that was valid when you first 
started your job and your EAD has now been automatically extended, your 
employer may need to re-inspect your current EAD if they do not have a 
copy of the EAD on file. You may, and your employer should, correct 
your previously completed Form I-9 as follows:
    1. For Section 1, you may:
    a. Draw a line through the expiration date in Section 1;
    b. Write October 29, 2019, above the previous date; and
    c. Initial and date the correction in the margin of Section 1.
    2. For Section 2, employers should:
    a. Determine if the EAD is auto-extended by ensuring:
     It is in category A-12 or C-19; and
     Has a marked expiration date of May 2, 2019, or November 
2, 2017, provided your employee applied for a new EAD during the last 
re-registration period but has not yet received a new EAD.
    b. Draw a line through the expiration date written in Section 2;
    c. Write October 29, 2019, above the previous date; and
    d. Initial and date the correction in the Additional Information 
field in Section 2.
    Note: This is not considered a reverification. Employers do not 
need to complete Section 3 until either the 180-day automatic extension 
has ended or the employee presents a new document to show continued 
employment authorization, whichever is sooner. By October 30, 2019, 
when the employee's automatically extended EAD has expired, employers 
must reverify the employee's employment authorization in Section 3.

If I am an employer enrolled in E-Verify, how do I verify a new 
employee whose EAD has been automatically extended?

    Employers may create a case in E-Verify for these employees by 
providing the employee's Alien Registration number, USCIS number, and 
entering the receipt number as the document number on Form I-9 into the 
document number field in E-Verify.
    If I am an employer enrolled in E-Verify, what do I do when I 
receive a ``Work Authorization Documents Expiration'' alert for an 
automatically extended EAD?
    E-Verify automated the verification process for TPS-related EADs 
that are automatically extended. If you have employees who provided a 
TPS-related EAD when they first started working for you, you will 
receive a ``Work Authorization Documents Expiring'' case alert when the 
auto-extension period for this EAD is about to expire. The alert 
indicates that before this employee starts to work on October 30, 2019, 
you must reverify his or her employment authorization in Section 3 of 
Form I-9. Employers should not use E-Verify for reverification.

Note to All Employers

    Employers are reminded that the laws requiring proper employment 
eligibility verification and prohibiting unfair immigration-related 
employment practices remain in full force. This Federal Register notice 
does not supersede or in any way limit applicable employment 
verification rules and policy guidance, including those rules setting 
forth reverification requirements. For general questions about the 
employment eligibility verification process, employers may call

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USCIS at 888-464-4218 (TTY 877-875-6028) or email USCIS at 
[email protected]. Calls and emails are accepted in English and many 
other languages. For questions about avoiding discrimination during the 
employment eligibility verification process (Form I-9 and E-Verify), 
employers may call the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights 
Division, Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) (formerly the 
Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment 
Practices) Employer Hotline at 800-255-8155 (TTY 800-237-2515). IER 
offers language interpretation in numerous languages. Employers may 
also email IER at [email protected].

Note to Employees

    For general questions about the employment eligibility verification 
process, employees may call USCIS at 888-897-7781 (TTY 877-875-6028) or 
email USCIS at [email protected]. Calls are accepted in English, 
Spanish, and many other languages. Employees or applicants may also 
call the IER Worker Hotline at 800-255-7688 (TTY 800-237-2515) for 
information regarding employment discrimination based upon citizenship, 
immigration status, or national origin, including discrimination 
related to Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) and E-Verify. 
The IER Worker Hotline provides language interpretation in numerous 
languages.
    To comply with the law, employers must accept any document or 
combination of documents from the Lists of Acceptable Documents if the 
documentation reasonably appears to be genuine and to relate to the 
employee, or an acceptable List A, List B, or List C receipt as 
described in the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) 
Instructions. Employers may not require extra or additional 
documentation beyond what is required for Form I-9 completion. Further, 
employers participating in E-Verify who receive an E-Verify case result 
of ``Tentative Nonconfirmation'' (TNC) must promptly inform employees 
of the TNC and give such employees an opportunity to contest the TNC. A 
TNC case result means that the information entered into E-Verify from 
an employee's Form I-9 differs from Federal or state government 
records.
    Employers may not terminate, suspend, delay training, withhold pay, 
lower pay, or take any adverse action against an employee because of 
the TNC while the case is still pending with E-Verify. A Final 
Nonconfirmation (FNC) case result is received when E-Verify cannot 
verify an employee's employment eligibility. An employer may terminate 
employment based on a case result of FNC. Work-authorized employees who 
receive an FNC may call USCIS for assistance at 888-897-7781 (TTY 877-
875-6028). For more information about E-Verify-related discrimination 
or to report an employer for discrimination in the E-Verify process 
based on citizenship, immigration status, or national origin, contact 
IER's Worker Hotline at 800-255-7688 (TTY 800-237-2515). Additional 
information about proper nondiscriminatory Form I-9 and E-Verify 
procedures is available on the IER website at https://www.justice.gov/ier and on the USCIS and E-Verify websites at https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central and https://www.e-verify.gov.

Note Regarding Federal, State, and Local Government Agencies (Such as 
Departments of Motor Vehicles)

    While Federal Government agencies must follow the guidelines laid 
out by the Federal Government, state and local government agencies 
establish their own rules and guidelines when granting certain 
benefits. Each state may have different laws, requirements, and 
determinations about what documents you need to provide to prove 
eligibility for certain benefits. Whether you are applying for a 
Federal, state, or local government benefit, you may need to provide 
the government agency with documents that show you are a TPS 
beneficiary and/or show you are authorized to work based on TPS. 
Examples of such documents are:
    (1) Your current EAD;
    (2) A copy of your Notice of Action (Form I-797C), the notice of 
receipt, for your application to renew your current EAD providing an 
automatic extension of your currently expired or expiring EAD;
    (3) A copy of your Notice of Action (Form I-797C), the notice of 
receipt, for your Application for Temporary Protected Status for this 
re-registration; and
    (4) A copy of your Notice of Action (Form I-797), the notice of 
approval, for a past or current Application for Temporary Protected 
Status, if you received one from USCIS.
    Check with the government agency regarding which document(s) the 
agency will accept.
    Some benefit-granting agencies use the USCIS Systematic Alien 
Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program to confirm the current 
immigration status of applicants for public benefits. While SAVE can 
verify when an individual has TPS, each agency's procedures govern 
whether they will accept an auto-extended TPS-related document. You 
should present the agency with a copy of the relevant Federal Register 
Notice showing the extension of TPS-related documentation in addition 
to your recent TPS-related document with your alien or I-94 number. You 
should explain that SAVE will be able to verify the continuation of 
your TPS. You should ask the agency to initiate a SAVE query with your 
information and follow through with additional verification steps, if 
necessary, to get a final SAVE response showing the TPS. You can also 
ask the agency to look for SAVE notices or contact SAVE if they have 
any questions about your immigration status or auto-extension of TPS-
related documentation. In most cases, SAVE provides an automated 
electronic response to benefit-granting agencies within seconds, but, 
occasionally, verification can be delayed. You can check the status of 
your SAVE verification by using CaseCheck at the following link: 
https://save.uscis.gov/casecheck/, then by clicking the ``Check Your 
Case'' button. CaseCheck is a free service that lets you follow the 
progress of your SAVE verification using your date of birth and one 
immigration identifier number. If an agency has denied your application 
based solely or in part on a SAVE response, the agency must offer you 
the opportunity to appeal the decision in accordance with the agency's 
procedures. If the agency has received and acted upon or will act upon 
a SAVE verification and you do not believe the response is correct, you 
may make an InfoPass appointment for an in-person interview at a local 
USCIS office. Detailed information on how to make corrections, make an 
appointment, or submit a written request to correct records under the 
Freedom of Information Act can be found on the SAVE website at http://www.uscis.gov/save.

[FR Doc. 2019-06746 Filed 4-4-19; 8:45 am]
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