Employment Verification Under Revised Form I-9

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on November 7, 2007, the issuance of a revised Form I-9 “Employment Eligibility Verification Form” as part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s campaign to eliminate the employment of undocumented workers. 

As of December 26, 2007, employers must use the new Form I-9 to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all employees for all new hires and to reverify expiring employment authorization documents (EADs). The purpose of the new I-9 form is to remove documents that lack security protections against fraud, streamline the verification process, and promote enforcement. Employers who fail to use the new I-9 form on or after this date will be subject to fines and penalties. The new version covers Form I-9 revisions, instructions for completing the form, photocopying of documents, prohibited discrimination practices, examples of acceptable I-9 documents, E-Verify, and other issues.