The USCIS recently released a revised Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification form. In 1998, the former and Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) proposed modifying the Form I-9. Approximately nine years later, the USCIS is now rolling out the revised form.

The revised form removes five documents for proof of both identity and employment eligibility. The form also includes the most recent form number for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Additionally, the form now indicates that an employee is not obligated to provide a Social Security Number (SSN) in Section 1 of the form, unless he or she is employed by an employer who participates in the E-Verify system. Finally, the revised form includes information about electronically signing and retaining the revised form.

The revised form and the updated “Handbook for Employers, Instructions for Completing the Form I-9” is available online at http://www.uscis.gov/files/nativedocuments/m-247.pdf