New I-9 Required

As of today, the new I-9 form announced in February must be used by employers when verifying any new hire, whether U.S. citizen, permanent resident, non-immigrant or other worker in the U.S. 

The revised Form I-9 reflects changes made to the list of documents acceptable for Form I-9 in accordance with the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) recent interim final rule. The rule furthers DHS’s ongoing effort to increase the security of the employment authorization verification process. The new rule:

1. Requires that all documents presented during the verification process be unexpired;
2. Eliminates List A identity and employment authorization documentation Forms I-688, I-688A, and I-688B (Temporary Resident Card and outdated Employment Authorization Cards); and
3. Adds to List A as evidence of identity and employment authorization valid passports for citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), along with Form I-94 or Form I-94A indicating nonimmigrant admission under the Compact of Free Association Between the United States and the FSM or RMI. It also adds to List A a temporary I-551 printed notation on a machine-readable immigrant visa in addition to the foreign passport with a temporary I-551 stamp.

Employers must be sure as of April 3 to use the new I-9 form for all new hires.