USCIS Adds Foreign Language Resources for Employers

Author: Marta Moakley, XpertHR Legal Editor

June 11, 2015

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released versions of current forms and the E-Verify poster in three additional foreign languages: Urdu, Punjabi and Somali. Employers with employees who are not proficient in English now have additional resources available in order to better inform employees of employment verification processes.

The following forms are now available in 21 languages as part of the agency's Foreign Language Resources:

  • How to Correct Your Immigration Records Fact Sheet;
  • Form I-9 Employee Information;
  • E-Verify Participation Poster;
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Tentative Nonconfirmation (TNC) Further Action Notice;
  • Social Security Administration (SSA) Tentative Nonconfirmation (TNC) Further Action Notice;
  • DHS Referral Date Confirmation; and
  • SSA Referral Date Confirmation.

Employers may find certain resources, such as the TNC Further Action Notice and Fact Sheet translations, particularly helpful when communicating with employees regarding a TNC result and any further steps in the employment verification process.

These additions supplement existing support for employer compliance, such as the agency's E-Verify Webinar On-Demand, in which an employer may access training information on Form I-9 and E-Verify.

Foreign language resources continue to be in high demand by employers across the nation. Census Bureau data from its American Community Survey shows that the number of foreign-language speakers in the US has increased significantly, to an estimated 20.7% of the US population. For example, between the years 2010 and 2013, speakers of Urdu, a language spoken primarily in portions of India and Pakistan, increased 13 percent.