Today, February 2, 2009, employers were supposed to transition to start using a new I-9 Form. However, Friday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services department made the following announcement:
USCIS Delays Rule Changing List of Documents Acceptable to Verify Employment Eligibility Reopens Public Comment Period for 30 days
WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today it has delayed by 60 days, until April 3, 2009, the implementation of an interim final rule entitled “Documents Acceptable for Employment Eligibility Verification” published in the Federal Register on Dec. 17, 2008. The rule streamlines the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) process.
The delay will provide DHS with an opportunity for further consideration of the rule and also allows the public additional time to submit comments. A notice announcing the delay was transmitted today to the Federal Register. In addition, USCIS has reopened the public comment period for 30 days, until March 4, 2009.
Employers were originally required to use the new form beginning today, on February 2, 2009. However, employers must now wait until April 3, 2009 to begin using the new form. Click here for the USCIS’s website for download the Form I-9.