U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published in late March a notice in the Federal Register inviting public comments on proposed revisions to Form I-9, which is used by employers to authenticate the identity of their laborers and the legal authorization of those laborers to work in the U.S.
The key revisions include:
- Expanded Form I-9 instructions and a new layout;
- New optional data fields for collecting information about employee e-mail addresses and telephone numbers;
- New data fields to collect the foreign passport number and country of issuance for workers who are aliens authorized to work in the U.S.
The public can comment on the revisions up until May 29, 2012 by visiting the appropriate government Website (at www.regulations.gov).
USCIS will post information regarding the status of Form I-9, as proposed, once the form has been finalized after consideration of public comments. Until a new version is formally approved and announced, employers will need to continue using the current form.
If you are an employer or employers representative in need of information or counseling concerning Form I-9 compliance, do not hesitate to contact our offices at (847) 564-0712 for an appointment to speak with a credentialed attorney. You can also check out our immigration law Website for more information about how we might assist you.