On 1 July 2010, Puerto Rico began issuing new, more secure certified copies of birth certificates to U.S. citizens born in Puerto Rico. Beginning 31 October 2010, all certified copies of birth certificates issued prior to July 1, 2010 will become invalid. This new law does not affect the U.S. citizenship status of individuals born in Puerto Rico. Rather, it only affects the validity of certified copies of Puerto Rico birth certificates.
This new law will impact the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) process in the following ways:
- New Employees: Beginning 31 October 2010, only certified copies of Puerto Rico birth certificates issued on or after 1 July 2010 are acceptable for Form I-9 purposes. If an employee presents for List C a certified copy of a Puerto Rico birth certificate, the employer must ensure that the certified copy was issued on or after 1 July 2010.
- Existing Employees: Employers must not ask an existing employee to present a new certified copy of a Puerto Rico birth certificate if the employee's employment eligibility had been verified on Form I-9 prior to 31 October 2010.