The new I-9 employment authorization form may be downloaded from the website of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).3 The new form reflects the Department of Homeland Security’s new regulations relating to the list of acceptable documents that employers may request to verify an employee’s ability to work in the United States. This new rule goes into effect on April 3, 2009, and, in essence, requires employers to accept documents that have not yet expired. Examples of such acceptable documents are on List A of the I-9 form.

The USCIS also recently announced that more than 100,000 employers are participating in E-Verify, an online system that employers can use to verify the work authorization of newly hired employees.

Most importantly, please note that any new economic stimulus package bill approved by Congress will only provide funding to employers who participate in the E-verify program.

An E-Verify fact sheet is available on the USCIS website.4 Please let us know if you require our assistance to register with E-Verify.