On November 7, 2007, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the availability of the revised I-9 Form (Employment Eligibility Verification Form). The form can be identified by its revision date of 06/05/07. As of December 26, 2007, the new form is now the only version valid for use. As of that date, employers are subject to applicable penalties for failing to use the revised form.
It is important to note the following changes:
Five documents have been removed from List A of the List 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 List of Acceptable Documents:
Unexpired Employment Authorization Document (I-766)
All Employment Authorization Documents with photographs have been consolidated as one item on List A:
I-688, I-688A, I-688B, I-766
Other changes provide that employers now may sign and retain Forms I-9 electronically. Additionally, the instructions regarding Section 1 of the Form I-9 now indicate that the employee is not obliged to provide his or her Social Security number in Section 1 of the Form I-9, unless he or she is employed by an employer who participates in E-Verify.
The new version of the I-9 Form is available in Spanish. The Spanish version is only valid for employers and employees in Puerto Rico. Spanish-speaking employers and employees in the 50 states and the District of Columbia are required to complete the form in English in order to meet the employment eligibility verification requirements.