Obama delays E-Verify requirement

President Obama has delayed the effective date of a new rule that would require government contractors to verify the immigration status of their employees using the federal government’s E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system. The new effective date is June 30, 2009.

E-Verify is the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) system that federal contractors would be required to use to verify the eligibility status of new hires and existing employees to work in the U.S.

Obama’s administration pushed back implementation of the new E-Verify rule in order to complete an administration review of the requirement, which is also the subject of a federal lawsuit, according to a Federal Register notice published Friday.

This extension will mark the third delay in the effective date of the requirement, which was originally scheduled to take effect January 15, 2009.

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