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Posted on: May 28th, 2019
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SSA Resumes Issuing No-Match Letters

In March 2019, the Social Security Administration (SSA) resumed mailing notifications to employers identified as having at least one name and Social Security Number (SSN) combination submitted on the wage and tax statement (Form W-2) that do not match SSA’s records. The purpose of the letter is to advise employers that corrections are needed.

A no-match letter is not necessarily an indication that a person is unauthorized to work in the United States. SSA noted that there are a number of reasons why reported names and SSNs may not agree with SSA’s records, such as typographical errors, unreported name changes, and inaccurate or incomplete employer records.

Details: SSA information for employers, https://www.ssa.gov/employer/notices.html; sample response forms, https://www.ssa.gov/employer/examplenotice.html.

According to the New York Times, 570,000 letters have been mailed to employers around the US. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/16/us/immigrants-undocumented-no-match.html.

 

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DHS Continues Documentation Validity for Beneficiaries of Nepal, Honduras TPS

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will not implement or enforce the decision to terminate temporary protected status (TPS) for Honduras or Nepal pending resolution of an appeal in Ramos v. Nielsen or other order of the court, and as required by the order in Bhattarai v. Nielsen.

Beneficiaries under these TPS designations will retain their TPS for a temporary period, provided they remain eligible otherwise.

  • Beneficiaries under these TPS designations will retain their TPS for a temporary period, provided they remain eligible otherwise.
  • DHS further announced that it is automatically extending through March 24, 2020, the validity of related employment authorization documents (EADs) and other related documentation for eligible beneficiaries under the TPS designation for Nepal.
  • The TPS designation for Honduras remains in effect through January 5, 2020.

Details: USCIS announcement, https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-names-newdeputy-director; Federal Register notice, https://bit.ly/2Q0Ralh

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USCIS Names Mark Koumans as New Deputy Director

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on May 10, 2019, that Mark Koumans is the agency’s new Deputy Director, effective May 13.

Mr. Koumans, a career federal employee, has served since September 2015 in a number of executive positions at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). He replaces Tracy Renaud, who has served as USCIS Acting Deputy Director since March 2018. Renaud will return to her previous position as the Associate Director of the Management Directorate. Mr. Koumans previously served for eight years as a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of Homeland Security Office of Policy. Before that, he was a member of the U.S. Foreign Service for 17 years.

Details: USCIS announcement, https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-names-newdeputy-director

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President Trump Nominates Mark Morgan To Lead ICE

In a tweet, President Donald Trump named Mark Morgan to head U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE): “I am pleased to inform all of those that believe in a strong, fair and sound Immigration Policy that Mark Morgan will be joining the Trump Administration as the head of our hard working men and women of ICE. Mark is a true believer and American Patriot. He will do a great job!” Mr. Morgan’s appointment must be confirmed by the Senate.

Mr. Morgan previously was chief of the U.S. Border Patrol in the last months of the Obama administration and a former agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He has publicly stated that he backs President Trump’s border wall, among other policies.

Details: Trump tweet announcing Mr. Morgan’s nomination, https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1125051346456121346; news articles on Mr. Morgan’s opinions, Washington Post, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/01/09/obama-border-patrol-chief-trump-staycourse-border-wall/?utm_term=.5e0eea6c15a4; Epoch Times, https://www.theepochtimes.com/former-border-patrol-chief-mark-morgan-border-crisis-worst-inhistory_2896172.html

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