Employers must use the revised Form I-9 for all new hires (and re-verifications) beginning April 3, 2009. The current edition of the Form I-9, dated “06/05/2007” will no longer be valid. Employers who continue to use the 06/05/2007 version of the Form I-9 on or after April 3, 2009 may be subject to civil monetary penalties.
The most significant change to the revised Form I-9 is that employers can no longer accept expired documents during the I-9 verification process. The interim final rule also narrows the list of acceptable identity documents.
The Revised Form I-9:
-In Section 1 – Employee Information and Verification, of the revised Form I-9, an employee can now attest to being either a citizen or non-citizen national of the United States.Non-citizen nationals are persons born in American Samoa, certain former citizens of the former Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, and certain children of non-citizen nationals born abroad;
-Requires that all documents presented during the verification process be unexpired;
-Eliminates List A identity and employment authorization documentation Forms I-688, I-688A, and I-688B (Temporary Resident Card and outdated Employment Authorization Cards) (these documents are no longer issued by USCIS);
-Adds foreign passports containing certain machine-readable immigrant visas to List A;
-Adds to List A as evidence of identity and employment authorization valid passports for citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), along with Form I-94 or Form I-94A indicating nonimmigrant admission under the Compact of Free Association Between the United States and the FSM or RMI.
Two documents have been added to List A (Documents that Establish Both Identity and Employment Authorization) of the List of Acceptable Documents:
– A temporary I-551 printed notation on a machine-readable immigrant visa in addition to the foreign passport with a temporary I-551 stamp;
-A passport from the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) or the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) with a valid Form I-94 or Form I-94A indicating nonimmigrant admission under the Compact of Free Association Between the United States and the FSM or RMI;
-The new U.S. Passport Card, which USCIS earlier announced was an acceptable document for I-9 purposes.
Three documents were removed from List A of the List of Acceptable Documents:
-Form I-688, Temporary Resident Card;
-Form I-688A and I-688B, Employment Authorization Card(s).
Questions about the new I-9 Form? Visit the USCIS website at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/I-9_IFR_02-02-09.pdf or www.CorporateScreening.com, contact Corporate Screening Support at 800-229-8606 and select option 3, or contact your Account Representative.