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Employer Alert: Changes Made to I-9 Form

Saturday, December 01, 2007   (0 Comments)
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Employer Alert: Changes Made to I-9 Form

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 re-verification.

All 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 Labor).

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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