The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”) has just released a revised I-9 Form, and is encouraging employers to start using this new version immediately. However, employers are not required to start using this new Form until the regulations are published in The Federal Register. The news was much anticipated, as the Form had not been updated since 1991. The most important change is actually in the instructions provided by USCIS, which now indicate that the employee is not obligated to provide a Social Security number in Section One, unless the given employer participates in the E-verify program. The instructions also provide employers with the permission and guidance to sign and retain the I-9 Form electronically. The other changes to the Form concern the documents allowed for the employment verification in Section Two. The USCIS has removed the following five documents from the list of acceptable ones: Certificate of US Citizenship, Certificate of Naturalization, Alien Registration Receipt Card, Unexpired Reentry Permit, and Unexpired Refugee Travel Document. It has also added the Employment Authorization Document to Section A, as a document that would provide verification of identity and employment authorization. Lastly, the USCIS has released a Spanish version of the I-9 Form, although it can only be used as a “translation aid” unless the job location is in Puerto Rico. Employers will not be required to complete a new Form for existing employees; however, the new Form must be used for reverification purposes. Please contact us if you would like to receive the new Form and/or if you have any questions.