New Form I-9 and Handbook for Employers


The Department of Homeland Security agency U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced on November 7, 2007, that it has released a new version of Form I-9,

Employment Eligibility Verification (, as well as the M

274, Handbook for Employers, Instructions for Completing the Form I-9

( Employers are required to complete an I-9 for all new employees. USCIS has advised that it intends to make additional changes in 2008 and issue another version of the I-9 at that time.

What has changed on the I-9?

The list of acceptable documents has been reduced to conform to the interim list that was published in 1997, but which was never incorporated into the I-9 form itself. The following documents are no longer acceptable for establishing both identity and employment eligibility and

have been removed from the I-9:

• Certificate of Citizenship (Form N 560 or N 561)

• Certificate of Naturalization (Form N 550 or N 570)

• Form I-151 (a long outdated version of the Alien Registration Receipt Card (“green card”) Note, however, that an unexpired Permanent Resident Card or Alien

Registration Receipt Card is still an acceptable document.

• Unexpired Re-entry Permit (Form I-327)

• Unexpired Refuge Travel Document (Form I-571)

The revised I-9 also modifies when a Form I-94 is acceptable.

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