The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has just released a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, for immediate use and a new M-274, Handbook for Employers, Instructions for Completing the Form I-9.
All employers are required to complete a Form I-9 for each employee hired in the United States. The USCIS has encouraged employers to start using the new form as soon as possible, but all employers must use it beginning Dec. 27, 2007. According to the USCIS, employers that fail to use the new Form I-9 after that date may incur fines and penalties.
The basic Form I-9 remains substantially the same as earlier versions, although the form and accompanying instructions appear to be more user-friendly than prior versions. The most significant changes were made to the form’s instructions, including:
Five documents have been removed from List A of the “List of Acceptable Documents”:
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