The I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Form, that employers have been using since July 2017 is set to expire on August 31, 2019. Until USCIS makes any additional announcements on I-9 Central, employers should plan to continue to use the current form.

In preparation for the form’s expiration, USCIS initiated a 60-day comment period on its plan to extend the Form I-9 without making any changes in March 2019. Twenty-one comments were received. Since the Form I-9 has so many traps for the unwary, requests for some changes and clarifications were to be expected. In light of the comments received, USCIS decided to extend the comment period for an additional 30 days until July 6, 2019.

It has been reported that if the new comments are extensive, USCIS will likely just extend the use of the current Form I-9 until decisions can be made about any possible changes to the form itself or the M-274, Handbook for Employers.

Jackson Lewis attorneys will continue to monitor the process and provide an update as soon as one becomes available.