U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") issued a new employment verification I-9 form on November 7, 2007. Employers are required to complete a Form I-9 for all new employees hired in the United States. USCIS encourages all employers to start using the revised Form I-9 immediately. The form will become effective once it is published in the Federal Register, which we expect to occur sometime during the week of November 12th.

The revision removes five documents for proof of both identity and employment eligibility. They include: Certificate of U.S. Citizenship (Form N-560 or N-570); Certificate of Naturalization (Form N-550 or N-570); Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-151); the unexpired Reentry Permit (Form I-327); and the unexpired Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571). According to USCIS, the forms were removed because they lack features to help deter counterfeiting, tampering and fraud.

Furthermore, the most recent version of the Employment Authorization Document (Form I-766) was added to List A of the List of Acceptable Documents on the revised form. The revised list now includes: a U.S. passport (unexpired or expired); a Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551); an unexpired foreign passport with a temporary I-551 stamp; an unexpired Employment Authorization Document that contains a photograph (Form I-766, I-688, I-688A, or I-688B) and an unexpired foreign passport with an unexpired Arrival-Departure Record (Form I-94) for nonimmigrant aliens authorized to work for a specific employer.

The revised Form I-9 and the "Handbook for Employers, Instructions for Completing the I-9" are available online at  www.uscis.gov or can be ordered from USCIS by calling 1-800-870-3676.