Information on the new Eligibility Verification I-9 Form has been published in the Federal Register and all employers are now required to complete the form for each employee hired in the United States. The new I-9 Form will become mandatory Dec. 26, 2007.

The revision seeks to achieve full compliance with the document reduction requirements of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, which reduced the number of documents employers may accept from newly hired employees during the employment eligibility verification process.

Key to the revision is the removal of five documents for proof of both identity and employment eligibility. They include:
• 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)
• The unexpired Reentry Permit (Form I-327)
• The unexpired Refugee Travel Document (Form I- 571)

Additionally, 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. The revised list now includes:
• A U.S. passport (unexpired or expired)
• A Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551)
• An unexpired foreign passport with a temporary I-551 stamp
• An unexpired Employment Authorization Document that contains a photograph (Form I-766, I-688, I-688A, or I-688B)
• An unexpired foreign passport with an unexpired Arrival-Departure Record (Form I-94) for nonimmigrant aliens authorized to work for a specific employer
To view the Federal Register notice in its entirety, click here.