The following is a USCIS Update on the new I-9 Form:
November 7, 2007
USCIS Revises Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9
Revision will eliminate certain documents for employment verification
WASHINGTONU.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that a revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9) is now available for use. All employers are required to complete a Form I-9 for each employee hired in the United States.
The revision seeks to achieve full compliance with the document reduction requirements of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA), which reduced the number of documents employers may accept from newly hired employees during the employment eligibility verification process. The revised Form I-9 is a further step in USCIS ongoing work toward reducing the number of documents used to confirm identity and work eligibility.
Key to the revision is the removal of five documents for proof of both identity and employment ligibility. They include: Certificate of U.S. Citizenship (Form N-560 or N-570); Certificate of aturalization (Form N-550 or N-570); Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-151); the nexpired Reentry Permit (Form I-327); and the unexpired Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571). The forms were removed because they lack features to help deter counterfeiting, tampering, and fraud.
Additionally, 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.
Employers are encouraged to start using the revised Form I-9 immediately. The form will
become effective once the notice is published in the Federal Register. Both the revised form and the Handbook for Employers, Instructions for Completing the Form I-9 are available online at www.uscis.gov.
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