The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published its final rule rescinding the Social Security No-Match Rule. The rescission was published in the Federal Register on October 7, 2009, and will become effective on November 6, 2009.
The final rule reinstates the language of 8 CFR 274.1(l) as it existed prior to the effective date of the 2007 Final Rule. In the comments accompanying the rule, DHS states that it has determined to shift its enforcement efforts on increasing compliance with I-9 regulations through improved verification, including participation in E-Verify, ICE Mutual Agreement Between Government and Employers (IMAGE), and other programs.
For more information regarding the Social Security No-Match Rule, see previously published Faegre.com articles: DHS Will Rescind Social Security No-Match Rule, Obama Administration's Position on the Social Security No-Match Rule Still Under Debate, No Resolution of Social Security No-Match Lawsuit Until March 2009, What Is the Status of Social Security No-Match Notices?, Social Security No Match Notices and Update on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Rule Change.