Beginning November 26, 2007, employers must use the updated I-9 form when verifying employment eligibility for new employees. Employers do not need to complete the new I-9 form for current employees for whom an I-9 has already been completed.
The new I-9 form removes five documents that can be used for proof of both identity and employment eligibility. An employee can no longer use the Certificate of U.S. Citizenship; Certificate of Naturalization; Alien Registration Receipt Card; unexpired Reentry Permit; or the unexpired Refugee Travel Document. These documents were removed as they may have been easily counterfeited or tampered with.
The list of documents an employee may use for proof of both identity and employment eligibility is a U.S. Passport (unexpired or expired); Permanent Resident Card; and unexpired foreign passport with a temporary I-551 stamp; unexpired Employment Authorization Document that contains a photograph; and an unexpired foreign passport with an unexpired Arrival-Departure Record for non-immigrant aliens.
It is important to begin using this updated form immediately as any employer that is found to use an outdated form after December 26, 2007 will be subject to penalties from the Department of Homeland Security.
If you have questions about the updated form, please contact one of the employment law attorneys at Trepanier MacGillis Battina P.A.
Minneapolis employment law attorney Kelly M. Dougherty practices extensively in the field of employment law. Kelly may be reached at 612.455.0504 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Trepanier MacGillis Battina P.A. is a Minnesota employment law firm located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.