In a press release issued earlier today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
(USCIS) confirmed that employers should continue to use the February 2, 2009
edition of Form I-9,
Employment Eligibility Verification, beyond its stated expiration date of June
A new edition of the form I-9 is currently under review at the Office of Management
and Budget (OMB) and is anticipated to be released in near future. The new edition
is not expected to contain any substantive changes from the current version
of the form. According to today’s press release, once the new edition
of the form I-9 is released, employers will be able to use either the new version
or the current edition of the form.
The current edition of Form I-9 has been in effect since April 3 of this year.
It was released in conjunction with a regulation that changed the list of documents
employers may accept as proof of an individual’s identity and employment
eligibility; the current form also differentiates U.S. citizens from non-citizen
nationals of the United States.