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I-94 Record Automation for Refugees

12/4/2015
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I-94 Record Automation for Refugees


The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on November 20, 2015 that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has automated I-94 records for refugees. A paper Form I-94 (i.e. I-94 card) will no longer be provided to a refugee upon their arrival to the U.S. In order for a refugee to obtain a copy of their I-94 record, s/he must visit the CBP I-94 information website and print the record.

Due to their immigration status in the U.S., refugees are permitted to work in the country. For Form I-9 purposes, an employer can accept the new I-94 record as a receipt establishing both identity and employment authorization. The employer will need to re-verify the employee within 90 days, upon which the employee will need to present either an Employment Authorization Document (i.e. EAD card) or other List A document, or a combination of one document from each List B and List C.

Not quite sure how to properly complete Form I-9 for your employees? GoffWilson is here to help! We specialize in a variety of I-9 services for employers, including individualized tutorials and internal audits. Contact our office for more information. It’s all we do!
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