USCIS makes interim documentation rule for Form I-9 permanent

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced that it would adopt an interim rule as a final rule that affects the Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification process.

According to a release from the federal agency, the rule will help improve the integrity of the Form I-9 process. The interim rule has been in effect since April 3, 2009, and included a number of provisions designed to improve the process.

Specifically, the changes made by the rule include barring employers from accepting expired documentation and updating the list of documents that can be accepted. This latter provision was accomplished by making technical changes and by removing outdated documents from the list.

There are three sections of documents that can be provided to an employer and these are List A documents, showing identity and employment authorization; List B documents, which only concern identity; and List C documentation, showing only employment authorization, according to the USCIS.

In addition, the new rule added documents that can be used by certain citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Island and the Federated States of Micronesia.

There was an extended period of public comment for the interim rule and it produced 75 responses, according to the USCIS release.