Last week, USCIS announced the current Form I-9 should continue to be used absent further notice from the Service. Back in May, during the 60-day commenting period between April and May regarding proposed changes to Form I-9, USCIS received over 6,200 comments regarding its proposed changes to the form.
Clearly employers had many concerns about the changes and its future impact on business costs and business processes.
As part of the revision process for immigration forms, USCIS is providing an additional 30 days for the public to comment regarding the changes to Form I-9. [Editor’s note: The irony of USCIS submitting an extended two-page Form I-9 for review and approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 is not lost on us here!]
Scope of Comments
Keep in mind comments submitted to USCIS may be made public so you may want to limit the amount of private data that is indicated in any of your comments. The scope of the comments from the general public should be limited to the following:
(1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;
(2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
(3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and,
(4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.
How to Comment
There are three ways to leave your comments. When doing so, please be sure to include your name and your organization’s name along with the requisite ID numbers indicated below, depending on the method for commenting.
- Via Internet at www.regulations.gov. Please be sure to indicate the e-Docket ID number “USCIS-2006-0068” in your comments.
- Via Email to email@example.com. Please be sure to indicate in your email subject line “OMB Control Number 1615-0047.”
- Via Mail at the address below. Please be sure to indicate “e-Docket ID USCIS-2006-0068.”
The deadline to submit comments is
September 21, 2012 September 27, 2012 October 15, 2012.
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