The Form I-9 Eligibility Verification Changes

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June 26, 2012 — 2,632 views  
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Consider the recent eligibility verification changes to the Form I-9 when adding new employees to your organization. Human resource professionals that follow the federal government's guidelines can avoid possible civil and criminal penalties by keeping themselves up to speed with this document.

Recent rule changes ensure the integrity of the I-9 process, preventing human resource personnel from accepting expired documents. This helps enhance homeland security, and assures employers receive the proper documentation to protect themselves from hiring undocumented immigrants.

Meanwhile, other rule changes added foreign passports to List A under the umbrella of acceptable employment authorization documentation. Forms I-688, I-688A and I-688B have been removed from this list, as new hires may need to provide other information to verify their eligibility to work for a U.S. employer.

You should review the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services lists of acceptable documents when determining if a new hire is eligible to work for your company. There are three lists, and businesses may accept unexpired documents only in keeping with federal regulations.

Green card holders and immigrants who have completed the naturalization process should be able to provide the necessary documentation to verify their citizenship so they can work for your company. 

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