Effective February 2, 2009, employers will have to complete a new, revised
I-9 form for all new hires and for reverification of certain employees with
temporary work authorization. The new form incorporates the following changes
regarding the types of documents that employers may accept to prove identity and
- All documents presented during the verification process will now have to
be unexpired. Previously, certain expired documents (e.g., U.S. passports)
- Acceptable List A identity and employment authorization documentation
will no longer include Form I-688, Temporary Resident Card; Form I-688A,
Employment Authorization Card; and Form I-688B, Employment Authorization
Card. All these cards are now obsolete.
- List A will now include foreign passports containing certain
machine-readable immigrant visas. Also added to List A are passports from
the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands
if presented with an I-94 or I-94A arrival/departure record.
The new I-9 form will be available starting
February 2, 2009. Forms can also be requested by calling the
National Customer Service Center of USCIS at 1-800-375-5283. Samples of the new
form and instructions, as published in the Federal Register, are
The new form should not be completed for existing employees. It must be used
only for new hires and for reverification of current employees who only have
temporary work authorization upon expiration of that authorization.