USCIS Issues Revised I-9 Form

In January 2008, the US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) (formerly the INS) issued an updated Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9), which all employers are now required to use.  The original and revised forms are nearly identical, and are completed in the same manner.  The primary area of change was in the List of Acceptable Documents (List A), from which USCIA removed five documents:

• Form N-560 or N-561 - Certificate of U.S. Citizenship;

• Form N-550 or N-570 - Certificate of Naturalization;

• I-151 - Alien Registration Receipt Card;

• Form I-327 - Unexpired Reentry Permit; and

• Form I-571 - Unexpired Refugee Travel Document.

The USCIS also added one document to List A:  Form I-766 - Unexpired Employment Authorization Document.

Also, in Section 1 of Form I-9 the employee is not required to provide a Social Security Number, unless his/her employer participates in E-Verify (USCIS' Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program). The form now allows employers to sign and retain I-9 forms electronically.

The USCIS' intention in making these changes was to remove those forms that lacked sufficient safety features to help deter counterfeiting, tampering, and fraud.  Employers only may accept approved forms listed on the revised I-9.  Employers can obtain the revised I-9 form on line through the USCIS' web site:  www.uscis.gov or can click the following link to go directly to the revised I-9: http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf.

For additional information on this topic, please contact Douglas S. Zucker at DSZ@zuckerhatfield.com or  Kathryn V. Hatfield at KVH@zuckerhatfield.com