By Sara J. Ackermann
December 17, 2007
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that employers must transition to the revised Form I-9 no later than December 26, 2007. All employers are required to complete a Form I-9 for each employee hired in the United States. Employers who fail to use the revised form after December 26 will be subject to applicable penalties; however, it will not be necessary for employers to go back and complete the new version for employees who are already working.
Revisions to the form include the removal of the following forms from the list of documents deemed acceptable for proof of both identity and employment eligibility:
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)
In addition, the most recent version of the Employment Authorization Document (Form I-766) was added to List A of the list of acceptable documents on the revised Form I-9.
Certain entities are attempting to sell the revised Form I-9 to employers. However, the revised Form I-9 is available from USCIS at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf
If you have questions regarding the above, please contact Sara Ackermann, the author of this article, or any of the attorneys in the Employment, Benefits & Labor Relations Practice Group of Ruder Ware.
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