Where’s the New I-9 Form?

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We’ve recently fielded several questions from subscribers asking about the Employment Eligibility Verification Form, known as Form I-9. The questions arise because the expiration date on Form I-9 in current use is March 31, 2007.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has yet to update the form with a new expiration date. The agency says it is working on updating the form and that employers should continue to use the current version in the meantime.

“The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number on the current Form I-9 expired March 31, 2007,” the agency says on its website. “USCIS is working on issuing a Form I-9 with an updated control number. This expiration does not affect employers’ requirement to comply with employment eligibility verification responsibilities, and employers should continue to use the current version of the Form I-9 until an updated form is posted on this website.”

When the agency publishes the updated form, we’ll notify purchasers, who will be able to download it from the private Download Area of YourEmployeeHandbook.com.

In August, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it planned on publishing a rule that would reduce the number of documents employers must accept to confirm the identity and work eligibility of their employees. Such a change would take months to go through the regulatory process before becoming effective.

Currently, there are no fewer than 29 categories of documents that can be used to establish identity and work eligibility. The department says the sheer quantity of documents is an invitation for fraud because employers lack the capacity to verify the authenticity of all the documents.

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