Download 20140701_USCIS Stamp On September 22, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a notice to the public after their blog posting in the Beacon on September 16 http://tinyurl.com/kaxkoc4 that employers should be aware that on July 1, 2014 USCIS and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) stopped using secure red ink for a number of stamps, which are used to document immigration status and/or work authorization.
Now, employers and state agencies should be seeing “blue” instead of “red” as to official USCIS and CBP stamps on passports concerning the following:
1. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Parole Stamp
2. Temporary I-551 Alien Documentary Identification and Telecommunication (ADIT) Stamp
3. Refugee Stamp (Section 207)
4. Asylum Stamp (Section 208)
5. Initial / Replacement Form I-94 Stamp (Admission Record)
Employers are reminded by USCIS that they should be aware of this recent change when examining documents presented for I-9 compliance. http://tinyurl.com/oy5zu75 Employers are required to make sure that documentation presented for I-9 compliance purposes appears to be genuine on its face and relate to the person presenting the documentation. Employers of course may not specify to an employee which specific document(s) to present for I-9 completion purposes.
Examples of the new stamps are available on the document attached to this article in the first paragraph. Although this information has been added to I-9 Central, this sort of update is very difficult for employers to be able to keep track of day to day. There has to be a better way.