Updated Form I-9

New Form I-9 mandatory for all employees hired on or after November 7, 2007.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a revised Form I-9,Employment Eligibility Verification. The form is available as a downloadable PDF on the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov

USCIS has revised Form I-9 to bring it into compliance with the 1997 INS interim rule, which eliminated some of the documents that employers may accept from newly hired employees. The documents that have been changed are:

Five documents removed from List A:

· Certificate of U.S. Citizenship (Form N-560 or N-561)

· Certificate of Naturalization (Form N-550 or N-570)

·  Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151)

·  Unexpired Reentry Permit (Form I-327)

·  Unexpired Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571)

One document added to List A:

·  Unexpired Employment Authorization Document (I-766)

All Employment Authorization Documents with photographs in circulation are now included as one item on List A:

·  I-688, I-688A, I-688B, I-766

The updated form should be completed exactly the same way the old one was. The only difference is the type of documents that employers may accept in Section 2. Employers may not accept documents that used to be on the I-9 form but aren’t now. Employers do not need to complete new forms for current employees that have already been verified. However, employers must use the 2007 Form I-9 when employees require re-verification. 

As of November 7, 2007, the form I-9 with a revision date of June 5, 2007 is the only version of the form that is valid for use. However, DHS will give employers a period of time to transition to the updated form I-9. DHS will not seek penalties until 30 days after a notice regarding the updated form is published in the Federal Register. As of today, the notice has not yet been published in the Federal Register.