The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that the I-9 form slated for today, February 2, 2009, has been delayed by 60 days, until April 3, 2009.
Please Note: Use of the new form prior to April 3 may subject employers to civil penalties.
According to an interim rule published in December 2008, employers were supposed to begin using the revised verification form on Feb. 2, 2009. However, when President Obama took office, the White House issued a directive to all federal agencies asking them to review any regulations introduced by the Bush administration but had not taken effect before Jan. 20, 2009.
USCIS officials stated that the 60-day delay should provide adequate time to complete a full review of the new form and employment verification requirements. A notice announcing the delay was set to appear in The Federal Register. In addition, the USCIS will reopen the public comment period on the new rule for 30 days, until March 4, 2009.
The current I-9 form can be found here.