Employer Alert: Changes Made to I-9 Form
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Employer Alert: Changes Made to I-9
This month, the
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services implemented changes to the I-9
Employment Eligibility Verification Form. The new I-9 form can be accessed
through the link below.
This new I-9 should be
used immediately for all new hires, but is not needed for current employees unless those employees require
U.S. employers are
responsible for completion and retention of Form I-9 for each individual they
hire for employment in the United States. This includes citizens
and noncitizens. On the form, the employer must verify the employment
eligibility and identity documents presented by the employee and record the
document information on the Form I-9. The Form I-9 must be kept by the employer
either for three years after the date of hire or for one year after employment
is terminated, whichever is later. The form must be available for inspection by
authorized U.S. Government officials (e.g., ICE, Department of
The main change to
the new I-9 form is that five documents that could be used to prove identity and
employment eligibility under List A have been removed: Certificate of U.S.
Citizenship (Form N-560 or N-570); Certificate of Naturalization (Form N-550 or
N-570); Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-151); the unexpired Reentry
Permit (Form I-327); and the unexpired Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571).
One document has been added to List A: the most recent version of the Employment
Authorization Document (Form I-766).
Finally, under the
Instructions for the new I-9, an employee is not obligated to provide a Social
Security Number in Section 1 of the form unless he or she is employed by an
employer who participates in E-Verify.
The new Form I-9 can be accessed at http://www.uscis.gov/i-9
The revised M-274, Handbook for Employers,
can be found at http://www.uscis.gov/files/nativedocuments/m-274.pdf
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