As reported in last week’s EmployNews, the Department of Homeland Security has issued a revised I-9 form for use by employers during the hiring process. Earlier this week, DHS’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service announced that the effective date of the new I-9 form has been delayed for 60 days. Previously scheduled to take effect February 2, the new form must be used on and after April 3, 2009. The comment period for the new form has been extended until March 4, 2009.
This delay coincided with an announcement that the effective date of the Federal Acquisition Regulation ("FAR") which requires federal contractors and subcontractors to begin using the USCIS's E-Verify system has been delayed again to May 21, 2009. As previously reported , once effective, federal contractors and subcontractors with contracts that do not qualify under an exception to the FAR will be required to use the USCIS system to verify their employees' eligibility to legally work in the United States.