DHS Makes Revisions to Employment Eligibility Verification FormThursday, December 18, 2008
(American Meat Institute)
The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently submitted to the Federal Register an interim final rule making changes to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The interim final rule revises the list of documents deemed acceptable for the Form I-9.
Although it was published this week, changes will not take effect until February 2, 2009. To see a copy of the rule, click here: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/pdf/E8-29874.pdf.
Starting February 2, it will be necessary for all employers to use the new Form I-9 to verify all new employees as well as employees with expiring employment authorization. Also during this time, the new Form I-9 will be available for download from the USCIS Web site, http://www.uscis.gov/ .
Two main changes of potential concern
include the elimination of expired U.S.
passports as an acceptable form of
identification for employment eligibility as
well as a change in attestation. With regard to
the change in attestation, employers would now
need to attest that to the best of their
knowledge the “employment authorization”
status instead of “employment eligibility”
status of the employee to work in the
Please refer to the USCIS Web site for
Q&A on revisions made to the Employment
Eligibility Verification Form:
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