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Revised federal Form I-9 in effect

November 17, 2010

Employers must use a revised federal Form I-9, which no longer requires employees to list their Social Security number in Section 1 unless the employer participates in the "E-Verify" program.


The revised form, instructions and an employer handbook with more information can be downloaded from the Web site of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services,


All U.S. employers must complete a Form I-9 and other documents for each new employee to verify their eligibility to work in the United States.


The new form removes five documents from the "Column A" list of documents that can be accepted as proof of both identity and employment eligibility:

  • Certificate of Citizenship (Form N-560 or N-570)
  • Certificate of Naturalization (Form N-550 or N-570)
  • Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-151
  • Unexpired Reentry Permit (Form I-327)
  • Unexpired Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571)

One item was added to the "Column A" list:  Unexpired Employment Authorization document (Form I-766). Also, the instructions note that employers now can electronically sign and store I-9 forms if certain requirements are met.