As of October 31, 2007, an official of the Department of Homeland Security announced at a liaison meeting with the American Immigration Lawyers Association that a new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, will be issued shortly, as well as a revised employer handbook. The Form I-9 is used to verify employment eligibility, and each employer in the U.S. must have a Form I-9 in their files for each employee hired after November 6, 1986, and must maintain that Form I-9 in their records for a prescribed period of time.
The new form and handbook will now be issued based on changes made in the 1997/98 regulations. The current form was last revised on May 31, 2005, although a revised form dated November 21, 1991, is still available for use by employers at this time. The new form and handbook were expected to become available to the public as early as the week of November 5, 2007.
Another, newer form is next anticipated in 2008. Regulations regarding these changes will be published at a later time. We will provide further details as they become available