Archives for April 2009

Applicability Date for E-Verify Federal Contractor Rule Extended

This just in … The applicability date of the final rule requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to begin using U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) E-Verify system has been pushed back by six weeks to June 30, 2009.

If you have any questions regarding I-9 compliance or any other immigration issue, give me a call at 616-233-9300 or email me at


Reminder to All Employers to Use the New I-9 Forms

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a reminder that the revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (Rev. 02/02/09), went into effect April 3, 2009 for all U.S. employers. The revision date is printed on the lower right-hand corner of the form.

The interim final rule, published Dec.17, 2008 in the Federal Register, revised the list of documents acceptable for the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) process.  Employers may no longer use previous versions of the Form I-9.

It is the USCIS’ position that the revised list will improve the security and effectiveness of the Form I-9 process. The list specifies that expired documents are no longer acceptable forms of identification or employment authorization. Allowing for expired documents makes it more difficult for employers to verify an employee’s identity and employment authorization and compromises the Form I-9 process.

USCIS also updated the Handbook for Employers – Instructions for Completing Form I-9 to reflect the requirements of the revised Form I-9.

If you have questions about I-9 compliance, you can take a look at a 
power point presentation (scroll down to “SlideShare Presentations” and click to start) on I-9 compliance that I presented to West Michigan employers in January 2009. Or, if you have any question about immigration law in general, please contact me at or by telephone at 616-233-9300.

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