DHS Requires Employers to Begin Using the New Form I-9 No Later Than 12/26/07

On 11/7/07, the Department of Homeland Security released a new Form I-9, the form employers must fill out for every new hire to verify identity and eligibility for employment in the United States under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA). The new Form I-9 reduces the number of documents employers may accept from newly hired employees during the employment eligibility verification process.

The DHS expected employers to begin using the new Form I-9 for new hires and for any reverifications immediately upon release. However, to give employers time to transition to the new form, on 11/26/07 it announced a 30-day grace period during which no fines will be levied for using the previous version. This grace period ends 12/26/07.

After 12/26/07, noncompliance with these new Form I-9 requirements may result in hefty legal and financial consequences in the case of an audit, the risk of which has increased greatly due to the government's renewed emphasis on illegal immigration.

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