Beginning February 2, 2009 employers must use a revised I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification form when verifying the identity and work authorization of any new employee or reverifying the work authorization of an existing employee.

Our summary discussing what the latest I-9 form revision means for employers is available here. The new I-9 form is available for download at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)’s website.

President Obama’s January 20, 2009 directive halting the implementation of any new federal regulations that have not yet become effective has injected some uncertainty about whether employers must use the latest I-9 version beginning on February 2nd. We are not aware of any moratorium on use of the new I-9 form that must be used starting on February 2nd.