Attention All Healthcare Employers – Revised I-9 Form Just Released

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s (USCIS) Form I-9, which every U.S. employer must complete in conjunction with the hiring process, has just been revised. Failure to utilize and properly complete the Form I-9 can result in a fine of $1,000 per infraction; therefore, it is important for every employer to be aware of and comply with these I-9 changes.

As most Healthcare employers are aware, the Immigration Reform and Control Act requires every U.S. employer to verify the identity and employment eligibility of each new employee. In accordance with the administrative regulations arising from this law, employers are required to complete USCIS Form I-9 with regard to every new employee, including U.S. citizens.

In order to properly complete the form, an employer must review one or more documents contained on a list set forth on the Form I-9. The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 requires the USCIS to take steps to reduce the likelihood of a prospective employee’s use of fabricated documents in order to obtain employment. Therefore, the USCIS has eliminated five documents that it considers to be particularly vulnerable to fraud and abuse. It has also added one document.

The items contained below in black continue to remain on the I-9, while those in red represent removed documents and the document set forth in green font has been added to the list.

    • U.S. Passport (expired or unexpired)
    • Unexpired foreign passport, with I-551 stamp or attached Form I-94 indicating unexpired employment authorization
    • Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551)
    • Unexpired Temporary Resident Card (Form I-688) OR Unexpired Employment OR Authorization Card (Form I-688A) OR Unexpired Employment Authorization Document issued by DHS that contains a photograph (Form I-688B)
    • Unexpired Employment Authorization Document (I-766) – Added
    • Unexpired Reentry Permit (Form I-327) – Removed
    • Unexpired Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571) – Removed
    • Alien Registration Receipt Card with photograph (Form I-151) – Removed
    • Certificate of U.S. Citizenship (Form N-560 or N-561) – Removed
    • Certificate of Naturalization (Form N-550 or N-570) – Removed

To view the new USCIS Form I-9, please click here.

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