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Questions and Answers: Revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Effective
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a reminder that effective April 3, 2009, all U.S. employers are required to use the revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, (Rev. 02/02/09). The revision date can be found in the lower right-hand corner of the form. The interim final rule, published Dec.17, 2008 in the Federal Register, revised the list of documents acceptable for the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) process. Previous versions of Form I-9 may no longer be used.
All employers, agricultural recruiters and referrers for a fee are required to verify the identity and employment authorization of each person they hire for employment in the United States. USCIS has revised Form I-9 to bring it into compliance with the governing statutes that require all documents presented during the Form I-9 process to be unexpired. Allowing for expired documents makes it more difficult for employers to verify an employee’s identity and employment authorization and compromises the Form I-9 process.
Questions and Answers
Q. Why is a revised Form I-9 being released?
Q. In January, USCIS announced a delay in this rule’s implementation in order to receive more comments and review the rule further. What was the result of that process?
Q: What is the difference between the revised Form I-9 and the old one?
The following documents have been added or removed from the List of Approved Documents:
Three documents were removed from List A:
Q. Where can I obtain a copy of the revised Form I-9?
Q: Has the Handbook for Employers (M-274) been updated?
Q. Why can’t I present an expired document?
Q. Why is only one type of Employment Authorization Document left in List A?
Q. Section 1, Employee Information and Verification of the revised Form I-9, refers to a citizen or noncitizen national of the United States. Who is a noncitizen national?
Q: As an employer, may I accept documents that used to be on the Form I-9 but aren’t now?
Q: Are there any changes in the way the revised Form I-9 is completed?
Last Reviewed/Updated: 04/03/2009