New I-9 forms required by December 26

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced employers must begin using their revised Employment Eligibility Verification form, or Form I-9, no later than December 26. Employers are required to complete the form for all employees hired in the United States.

The form differs from the previous version in the removal of five documents from List A of the List of Acceptable Documents, which is the list of documents employees may use to prove identity. The documents removed are:

  • 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)

Additionally, the USCIS has added one document to List A:

  • Unexpired Employment Authorization Document (I-766)

I-9 forms are available in both English and Spanish; however, only employers in Puerto Rico may have employees complete the Spanish version. Employers in the 50 states and U.S. territories may use the Spanish version as a translation guide for Spanish-speaking employees, but must complete the English version.

Both the revised form and the accompanying handbook, Handbook for Employers, Instructions for Completing the Form I-9, are available as downloadable pdfs at the USCIS website, or by calling 1-800-870-3676. To learn more about Form I-9, click here. To download the revised form, click here.