Effective April 3, 2009, employers must use the 02/02/2009 edition of Form I-9 when verifying and reverifying the employment eligibility of their employees. The current edition of Form I-9, dated 06/05/2007, must continue to be used through April 2, 2009, but will no longer be valid for use on or after April 3, 2009.
The revised Form I-9 reflects changes made to the list of documents acceptable for Form I-9 in an effort to increase the security of the employment authorization verification process. Employers will find that the revised I-9
- requires all documents presented during the verification process to be unexpired;
- eliminates List A identity and employment authorization documentation Forms I-688, I-688A, and I-688B (Temporary Resident Card and outdated Employment Authorization Cards);
- adds foreign passports containing certain machine-readable immigrant visas to List A; and
- adds to List A as evidence of identity and employment authorization valid passports for citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI).
The new I-9 form can be located at USCIS’ website – www.uscis.gov. Click on “Immigration Forms” and scroll all the way down to the link to the “I-9” form. Clicking on I-9 takes you to USCIS’ “Employment Eligibility Verification” page. Among the “Related Links” menu bar on the right of the page is a link to the new M-274 – Handbook for Employers that is effective April 3, 2009.