DHS Updates I-9 Form
On June 16, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a new I-9 Employment Eligibility and Verification Form. The new form contains an updated expiration date in the top right corner. No substantive changes were made.
Employers should begin using the new form for each new employee hired in the U.S. immediately, though USCIS informally has stated that it will allow use of the most recent form until June 30, 2009. That form, as well as the newly revised form, have a June 5, 2007, revision date on the last page in the bottom right corner. Earlier versions of the form may not be used.
USCIS substantively revised the form in late 2007. Key to that revision was the removal of the following five documents for proof of both identity and employment eligibility because they lack features to help deter counterfeiting, tampering, and fraud:
- 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)
- 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 on the revised form: the most recent version of the Employment Authorization Document (Form I-766).
The 2007-revised form also advises employees that providing their Social Security number in Section 1 of the form is voluntary unless their employer participates in DHS’s E-Verify employment eligibility verification program (formerly known as the Basic Pilot Program). For employees who do present a Social Security card as evidence that they are authorized to work, the employer must record the Social Security number in section 2 of the form.
To access a fillable and savable copy of the form in English, click here. For a Spanish-language form, click here.
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