To combat heightened concern over undocumented immigrants taking American jobs, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a revised I-9 form, which employers were required to start using by April 3, 2009.
The new I-9 accepts fewer forms of identification. Through the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), the DHS has made it clear that only the documents listed below are acceptable. (Three companies that accepted “similar” documents settled with ICE for more than $270,000 in penalties.)
Employees may provide a single document from List A or one each from List B and List C. For more details, call the USCIS Business Liaison hotline at (800) 357-2099.
List A: For Identity and Employment Eligibility
- U.S. Passport (unexpired or expired) or U.S. Passport Card
- Permanent Resident Card or Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-551)
- Foreign passport with a temporary I-551 stamp or temporary I-551 printed notation on a machine-readable immigrant visa
- Employment Authorization Document with photo (Form I-766)
- Foreign passport with an unexpired Arrival-Departure Record (Form I-94 or Form I-94A) bearing the same name as the passport and containing an endorsement of the alien’s nonimmigrant status, if that status authorizes the alien to work for the employer
- Passport from the Federated States of Micronesia or the Marshall Islands with Form I-94 or Form I-94A
The following documents are no longer acceptable:
- Forms I-688, I-688A and I-688B (Temporary Resident Card and older versions of Employment Authorization Document)
- Certificate of U.S. Citizenship (Form N-560 or N-561)
- Certificate of Naturalization (Form N-550 or N-570)
- Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151)
- Unexpired Reentry Permit (Form I-327)
- Unexpired Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571)
List B: For Identity Only
- Driver’s license or ID card issued by a state or U.S. possession with photo or identifying information, such as name, date of birth, gender, height, eye color, address
- ID card issued by federal, state or local government agency with photo or identifying information
- School ID card with photo
- Voter registration card
- U.S. military card or draft record
- Military dependent’s ID card
- U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marine card
- Native American tribal document
- Canadian driver’s license
- For workers younger than 18: School record or report card; clinic, doctor or hospital record; or day care or nursery school record
List C: For Employment Eligibility Only
- U.S. Social Security card (unless card specifically states the bearer isn't eligible for U.S. employment)
- Certification of birth abroad issued by the State Department (Form FS-545)
- Original or certified copy of birth certificate issued by a state, county, municipal authority or U.S. territory
- Native American tribal document
- U.S. citizen ID card (Form I-197)
- ID card for use of resident citizen in the U.S. (Form I-179)
- Employment Authorization Document issued by the DHS
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