DHS Releases New Job Eligibility Form

November 16, 2007 (PLANSPONSOR.COM) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a new form for employers to make sure all new hires are legally allowed to work in the U.S.

DHS’ U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued the new Form I-9 after Congressional lawmakers mandated that the federal government have fewer ways people can prove their identity and employment eligibility, according to a Thompson.com report.

The new I-9 document, Employment Eligibility Verification, is not required for use until USCIS promulgates implementing regulations and publishes them in the Federal Register. According to Thompson, providing a Social Security number is likely going to be mandatory.

After final regulations are published, USCIS will no longer accept:

  • Certificate of U.S. Citizenship (N-560 or N-570),
  • Certificate of Naturalization (N-550 or N-570),
  • Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151),
  • Reentry Permit (I-327), and
  • Refugee Travel Document (I-571).

While a birth certificate will still be permitted to prove employment eligibility, it will not be accepted as a form of identification, according to the report.

The new form is at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/I-9.pdf .