The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced this week that a revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9) is now available for use by employers. The new I-9, which is dated 6/5/07 in the bottom right hand corner, can be found on the USCIS website (www.uscis.gov/files/form/I-9.pdf). All employers are required to complete an I-9 for each employee that is hired in the United States.

Although the new I-9 will not become effective until after the notice is published in the Federal Register, employers are encouraged to start using it as soon as possible. Following the effective date, employers may incur fines and penalties for failing to use the new I-9. Unless waived, there is typically a thirty day delay in the effective date of final rules after the date of their publication in the Federal Register.

Below is a list of some of the most important revisions incorporated in the new I-9.

Five documents have been removed from List A of the “Lists of Acceptable Documents:”

  • Certificate of U.S. Citizenship (Form N-560 or N-561)
  • Certificate of Naturalization (Form N-550 or N-570)
  • Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151)
  • Unexpired Reentry Permit (Form I-327)
  • Unexpired Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571)

One document was added to List A of the “Lists of Acceptable Documents:”

  • Unexpired Employment Authorization Document (Form I-766)

The instructions regarding Section 1 of the new I-9 now state that the employee is not obligated to provide his or her Social Security number in Section 1 of the new I-9, unless he or she is employed by an employer who participates in the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify).

The instructions on page 2 of the new I-9 now state that employers may sign and retain I-9 forms electronically.