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One Week Until U.S. Employers Are Required to Use Revised Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification)

December 20, 2007
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced revisions to Form I-9, and has confirmed that use of the revised Form I-9 must be implemented by employers no later than December 26, 2007. The revised Form I-9 and "Handbook for Employers: Instructions for Completing the Form I-9," can be accessed at the following link:

http://www.uscis.gov/i-9

The revised Form I-9 reduces the number of documents acceptable to confirm identity and work eligibility by eliminating documents from "List A" that are susceptible to counterfeiting and fraud (e.g., certificates of U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization and several other documents). One document was added to List A: an unexpired employment authorization document (I-766). The instructions also indicate that it is now optional for the employee to provide a Social Security number, unless the employer participates in the government E-Verify program.

As noted, employers should begin using the new Form I-9 for new employees, and for employees whose work authorization needs to be reverified, no later than December 26, 2007. Employers do not need to complete new forms for existing employees.