As some of you may already know, the launch of the revised Form I-9 (originally scheduled to go into effect February 2, 2009) has been delayed by 60 days. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has moved the effective date of the revised Form I-9 to April 3, 2009.
A very important note: Employers who use the new form prior to the April 3, 2009 effective date are subject to civil monetary penalties.
If you have not already reviewed the revised Form I-9, the most noticeable changes to the Form I-9 include:
- A new I-9 status: A noncitizen national of the United States
- Noncitizen nationals of the United States are classified by the USCIS as “…persons born in America Samoa, certain former citizens of the former Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, and certain children of noncitizens born abroad.”
- The list of acceptable documents has been updated. The biggest change within the list of acceptable documents is that expired documents will no longer be accepted. All documents must be unexpired.
A copy of the revised Form I-9 for use on or after April 3, 2009 is available at: http://www.uscis.gov/forms.
NOTE: Those of you participating in the Federal E-Verify program should also be aware that an Employer will not be complaint if they accept List B documentation without a photo ID.