Immigration Law Update: New Form I-9 and Federal Contractor E-Verify Rules Delayed
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Winter 2009 

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS"), Department of Homeland Security announced on Friday, January 30, 2009, that the use of the revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, that was set to be used beginning on Monday, February 2, 2009, has been delayed. The new date of implementation will now be April 3, 2009. In making this announcement, USCIS said that the delay will provide an opportunity for further consideration of this rule. Click here to obtain a copy of the announcement.

The previously announced E-Verify rule for all federal contractors has also been postponed again. The new date for implementation of the rule is now May 21, 2009. All employers that have federal contracts or subcontracts subject to the rule will be required to enroll and begin using E-Verify on May 21, 2009. E-Verify is the electronic employment eligibility and verification program operated by USCIS to verify that employees are eligible to work in the United States. The delay is to allow the Obama administration time to review the Bush administration-initiated regulation. For additional information you may consult our prior announcement here.