The Vital Statistics Office in Puerto Rico started issuing new, more secure certified copies of birth certificates to U.S. citizens born in Puerto Rica on July 1, 2010, due to a new birth certificate law in Puerto Rico. After September 30, 2010, all certified copies of birth certificates issued before July 1, 2010, will be invalid. This new law only affects the validity of certified copies of Puerto Rico birth certificates; it does not affect the U.S. citizenship status of individuals born in Puerto Rico.
With this change, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) explain how the law will impact the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) process. Until September 30, 2010, all certified copies of Puerto Rico birth certificates are acceptable for the purposes of Form I-9. However, beginning October 1, 2010, only certified copies of Puerto Rico birth certificates issued on or after July 1, 2010 are acceptable for Form I-9. If an employee presents for List C on Form I-9 a birth certificate issued by the Vital Statistics Office of Puerto Rico, USCIS reports that the employer must look at the date the certified copy of the certificate was issued to ensure its validity.
As for existing employers, there is no need to re-verify the employment eligibility of existing employees, who at the time of employment may have presented a certified copy of a Puerto Rico birth certificate for I-9 purposes.
For more information and to read about the effects on Federal Contractors and the retention of documents with Form I-9, please visit: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=45e3285ca77fa210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=c94e6d26d17df110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD
Earlier this month in Honolulu, Hawaii, the U.S. Justice Department indicted six executives of the company Global Horizons Manpower for engaging in a conspiracy to commit forced labor and document…
In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Former Secretary of State Colin Powell expressed his opinion regarding many immigration-related issues. Powell focused his interview, however, on the benefits provided…
Joseph & Hall P.C. is a full-service immigration law firm. We pride ourselves on being nationwide experts in all areas of immigration law, including the practice areas listed below. Our attorneys frequently are asked to speak both locally and nationally on a wide variety of immigration topics. For an overview of each practice area, please click the links below. If you have any questions about how these practice areas may apply to your case, please do not hesitate to contact our firm.
Countless people dream of becoming a U.S. citizen. If your application was rejected by the USCIS, we are here to fight for your best interests.
We assist entrepreneurs, business owners and investors with corporate immigration needs. We understand the urgency of these issues and work to solve the matter efficiently.
We provide a range of family immigration services to help you determine whether you qualify for citizenship.
Deportation can split your family apart and make the future uncertain. Build a solid legal defense alongside our immigration attorneys.
Get in touch with us. Write us a message.