The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has released an amended version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. This form must be filled out by all newly hired employees. Failure to use the amended I-9 after December 26, 2007, could result in fines issued by the Department of Homeland Security.
Current employees who have already properly filled out a previous version of the I-9 need not fill out the amended I-9. However, if a current employee needs to re-verify employment eligibility, he or she must use the amended version.
The following are some of the changes to the amended I-9 form:
1. The following List A documents have been eliminated:
- Certificate of United States Citizenship (Form N-560 or N-561);
- Certificate of Naturalization (Form N-550 or N-570);
- Form I-151, an outdated version of the Alien Registration Receipt Card, or green card;
- Unexpired Reentry Permit (Form I-327); and
- Unexpired Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571).
The only new addition to List A is Form I-766, Employment Authorization Document (EAD).
The order of List A has been amended to foster better organization. EADs are listed together under one category, while the unexpired passport with temporary I-551 stamp is separate from the unexpired foreign passport with a Form I-94, which indicates that the work-authorization is an employer-specific nonimmigrant status.
2. Other Changes:
The amended I-9 notifies employees that providing their Social Security numbers is optional in Section 1. However, Social Security numbers must be provided in Section 1 for those who participate in E-Verify. Further, if an employee presents a Social Security card as evidence of authorization to work in the United States the employer must enter the Social Security number in
Section 2. Most of the other changes are not substantive. Employers may access the amended Form I-9 (Rev. 06/05/07) by visiting http://www.uscis.gov. An employer handbook has been released to assist with issues related to the new I-9.