Rumors True: DHS Issuing New I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form

After initially denying rumors a new I-9 form was on its way, DHS has just informed AILA the new form and employer handbook may arrive as early as the week of Nov. 5.

DHS made the announcement to AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) Wednesday, about two weeks after saying no new form was imminent. AILA had posed the question to DHS at that time after members and their clients began receiving emails from a company promoting a new I-9/W-4 compliance product.

DHS responded saying any new I-9 would be preceded by a notice in the Federal Register, the U.S. government’s official source for publicly announcing official matters such as proposed regulations requiring public comment.

DHS has apparently told the AILA liaison that instead of publishing a new regulation now, it will go forward with a new I-9 based on the 1997/98 regulations, and then will publish a new regulation, with a newer I-9 form, in 2008.

The I-9 is the form employers must fill out verifying a new hire’s eligibility to work in the United States.

DHS has not yet told the public of what the changes entail, but our blog will keep you informed as we find out.

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