Issuance of New I-9 Form Delayed Employers Will Continue to Use Current I-9 Form Even After August 31 Expiration Date

USCIS recently announced that employers who were eagerly awaiting the release of the new I-9 Form will have to wait a little longer.  http://www.uscis.gov/i-9   But hold on a moment.  The current I-9 Form has an expiration date of 8/31/2012 printed in the upper right hand corner. So, what are employers supposed to do if a new form is not released by August 31, 2012?  Indeed, employers could get into trouble if they use expired I-9 forms.

Per USCIS, even after the current form expires on August 31, 2012, employers should continue to use the current I-9 Form until USCIS instructs otherwise.  USCIS instructions for the Form I-9 currently available on I-9 Central also indicate that the agency will accept the use of the prior version of the Form I-9 that bears a revision date of February 2, 2009.  (The February 2, 2009 I-9 Form has an expiration date of June 30, 2009.)  

Why the delay? As announced in March of 2012, USCIS is in the process of updating and publishing a newly revised two-page Form I-9. When the comment period of the revisions was opened to the public, USCIS received a large number of comments over 3,000.  So, USCIS is taking a little longer than expected to absorb all these insightful comments.