The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services instituted a revised Form I-9, which all U.S. Employers are required to use effective April 3, 2009. The major change to the revised Form I-9 is that all documents presented during the Form I-9 process must be unexpired. Previously, an employee could present certain documents, such as passports, that were expired. One minor change is a separate box in Section 1 of the revised I-9 form for “noncitizen national of the United States.” Previously, this group was classified with U.S. citizens.
The revised Form I-9 continues to use a list of approved documents that employees can present to verify their identity and employment authorization. That list remains divided into three sections: List A documents verify identity and employment authorization; List B documents verify identity only; and List C documents verify employment authorization.
Finally, one other change is to the documents on the lists. The following two documents have been added to List A:
- a temporary I-551 printed notation on a machine-readable immigrant visa in addition to the foreign passport with a temporary I-551 stamp; and
- a passport from the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) or the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) with a valid I-94 or Form I-94A indicating nonimmigrant admission under the Compact of Free Association between the United States and the FSM or RMI.
The following documents have been removed from List A:
- Form I-688, Temporary Resident Card;
- Form I-688A, Employment Authorization Card; and
- Form I-688B, Employment Authorization Card.
The new form can be found at the USCIS website at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf.