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April 18, 2011

USCIS Issues Final Rule on Acceptable Identity Documents

On April 14, 2011, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a final rule that adopted, without change, an interim rule that has been in effect since April 3, 2009. 

Federal law requires all employers to complete an I-9 form for new hires to verify the hire’s identity and authorization to work in the United States.  The final rule changes what documents may be accepted to verify the identity and/or employment authorization of new hires.  Most significantly, the final rule prohibits employers from accepting expired documents.  In addition, immigration-related documents that are no longer issued have been removed from the I-9 list of documents that may be used to prove both identity and authorization to work.  Other documents have been added to the list of documents that can prove identity and authorization, including the recently introduced United States passport card.  The current I-9 form can be found online at   

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If you have any questions regarding what documents may be used for I-9 verification, please do not hesitate to contact us.