The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) recently agreed to delay the implementation of the regulation requiring certain federal contractors and sub-contractors to verify the employment eligibility of new and certain current employees through the E-Verify system. Additional information about this regulation is contained in our firm’s Immigration Updates dated November 10, November 24 and January 5. The USCIS agreed to delay the implementation of this regulation until February 20, 2009. The regulation was initially scheduled to take effect on January 15, 2009. The postponement was a result of litigation filed by a coalition of business groups led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s (Chamber) National Chamber Litigation Center challenging the legality of the regulation. Instead of having the Chamber request that the court issue a temporary injunction, the Chamber and the USCIS agreed to an expedited briefing and review schedule with the court so that the court may be able to issue a ruling prior to February 20, 2009.