New Rule Revises List of Documentation for Form I-9

Posted May 2, 2011 at 11:59 am

Source: Lexology (04/25/11)

Effective May 16, employers will be required to comply with a rule issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that modifies the list of identity and employment authorization documents necessary to complete the Form I-9 employment eligibility verification process.

The new rule mandates that employers accept from applicants only unexpired documents in connection with employment eligibility verification. It eliminates use of certain documents that no longer are issued by the USCIS, including temporary resident cards and older versions of employment authorization cards.

The rule also now recognizes the following additional documents as forms of employment eligibility verification sufficient to satisfy List A:

  • The new U.S. passport card.
  • The temporary Form I-551 “permanent resident card,” which contains a machine-readable immigration visa.
  • Valid passports for citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Marshall Islands.