Mandatory Use of New I-9 Forms
By Carol Hildebrand
A new version of Form I-9, "Employment Eligibility Verification," is mandatory for all employers, starting April 3, 2009. Every employer now must use the new form and its list of acceptable documents when employing all new hires and when re-verifying any employee whose prior limited work authorization period has expired.
The form to use is available on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' website at http://www.uscis.gov/. The date in the lower right hand corner of the new I-9 is 02/02/09.
The most notable change with this version of the I-9 is the requirement that all documents presented be unexpired, including U.S. passports, permanent resident cards and drivers licenses.
Added as a List A document showing both identity and authorization to work is a machine-readable immigrant visa in a foreign passport with a pre-printed notation that it serves as a temporary I-551, Permanent Resident Card. A temporary I-551 stamp in a foreign passport also continues to serve as evidence of identity and authorization to work.
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