A notice published in the Federal Register on August 22, 2012 by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced an extension of the public comment period on changes in a second draft of the new proposed ‘Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification’ that employers must complete for all newly hired employees to verify their identity and authorization to work in the United States. The notice, which has a 30-day comment period ending on September 21, 2012, is available at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-22/pdf/2012-20631.pdf. The second draft of new Form I-9 is available at: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=USCIS-2006-0068-0205. According to the USCIS – the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – the reason for the revision is that the current Form I-9 is due to expire and needs to be updated to meet agency form standards and to be more customer friendly and more clear. Proposed changes to the Form I-9 include the modifications in both the instructions and the form itself.
- A ‘TABLE OF CHANGES – INSTRUCTIONS’ document for the proposed new Form I-9 is available at: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=USCIS-2006-0068-0206.
- A ‘TABLE OF CHANGES – FORM’ for the proposed new Form I-9 is available at: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=USCIS-2006-0068-0207.
- Email comments to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at [email protected] and include ‘OMB Control Number 1615-0047’ in the subject box.
- Email comments to the Federal eRulemaking Portal Web site at http://www.regulations.gov/ under ‘e-Docket ID number USCIS-2006-0068.’
- Mail comments to the address ‘DHS, USCIS, Office of Policy and Strategy, Laura Dawkins, Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20529’ and indicate ‘e-Docket ID number USCIS-2006-0068.’
- Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;
- Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
- Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and
- Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.