A new I-9 form is now available from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. What’s changed, you might ask? Good question. Nothing substantive, merely the expiration date. Ironically, the Paperwork Reduction Act requires government forms to carry an expiration date, and because the old I-9 form expires June 30, 2008, the USCIS has to publish a new one.
Still using the old form? Don’t worry – using the new one won’t be mandatory until 30 days after appearing in the Federal Register (and this hasn’t even happened yet), but you can start using the new form now if you want to.
The last substantive changes to the I-9 were made in 2007. If you’re interested, you can read the USCIS’s Press Release describing those changes. If you have general questions about the I-9, read the 2007 I-9 Handbook for Employers, also from the USCIS. And, feel free to complain to your congressperson about the Paperwork Reduction Act.