USCIS Tells Employers to Use Current Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 Past August 31 Expiration Date

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – has announced that, until further notice, employers in the United States should continue to use the current version the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 (Rev. 08/07/09) even after its Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number expiration date of August 31, 2012. The bulletin sent by the USCIS for the announcement is available here: ‘Continue to Use the Current Form I-9 for Employment Eligibility Verification’. 

According to the I-9 Central Home page on the USCIS website, Federal law requires every employer hiring an individual for employment in the United States to verify his or her identity and employment authorization through completion of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Employers in the U.S. must complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 for all newly-hired employees to verify their identity and authorization to work in the United States. The current version the Form I-9 is available for download here at or on the “Forms” page of the USCIS website. If employers need to determine if they are using the correct version of the Form I-9, they should visit the “Which Form I-9 Should I Use” page of the USCIS website.  The USCIS will provide updated information about the new version of the Form I-9 as it becomes available.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986 made it unlawful for an employer “to hire, or to recruit or refer for a fee, for employment in the United States an alien knowing the alien is an unauthorized alien.” The IRCA also requires employers to take steps to verify an employee’s eligibility for employment. In an attempt to improve that process, the U.S. Congress created E-Verify, a free Internet-based Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification system that allows employers to verify the legal work authorization status of newly hired employees by checking information on the Form I-9 that all newly hired employees in the U.S. are required to complete against Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) databases.

While federal law mandates that federal contractors and subcontractors in all states use E-Verify, several U.S. states have enacted laws mandating E-Verify usage, creating a confusing patchwork of regulations. A Designated E-Verify Employer Agent such as Employment Screening Resources (ESR) can help employers with Form I-9 and E-Verify compliance. For more information about Form I-9 and E-Verify services from ESR, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/formi9.php.

For more information about background checks, visit Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority’ and a nationwide background screening firm accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) – at http://www.esrcheck.com/, call 415.898.0044, or email customerservice@esrcheck.com.

Sources:
http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf
http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/USDHSCIS-4e551e

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