A final version of the new Form I-9 has been posted to the USCIS web site to be used by employers on or after February 2, 2009. USCIS revised the form based upon a new interim final rule which alters the list of acceptable documents and also prohibits employers from accepting expired documents as part of the I-9 employment verification process. A summary of the new I-9 rules can be found in our earlier post on the subject.
USCIS will also be publishing a new I-9 employer handbook, which will include updated instructions and sample identity and work authorization documents.
Despite this new form’s availability, employers should continue using the 6/5/2007 version of the Form I-9 until February 2, 2009.