On November 7, 2007, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a revised Form I-9 and a corresponding M-274, Handbook for Employers, Instructions for Completing Form I-9. The new Form I-9 may be downloaded here, and the M-274 Handbook may be downloaded here.

The revised Form I-9 reflects the changes to the List of Acceptable Documents that were mandated by the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996. Click here to review the USCIS Fact Sheet that lists the documents that are no longer acceptable, and explains changes to the instructions for the form.

Employers should begin using the revised Form I-9 immediately. Use of the revised form will be mandatory upon publication of a notice by USCIS in the Federal Register, which we expect to occur in the coming weeks.

U.S. employers must complete Form I-9 for each new employee. Employers must retain the form for three years from date of hire, or for one year from date of termination, whichever is longer. Employers also must make the form available for inspection, upon request by authorized government agencies (i.e., Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Labor, etc.).