New I-9 Form mandatory as of May 7, 2013

News Release from Jewell & Associates, PC

USCIS has revised the Employment Eligibility Verification form (Form I-9) that employers use to verify the identity and employment eligibility of employees.  The new I-9 bears a revision date of ``(Rev. 03/08/13) N''  and has been available for use since March 8, 2013. Prior versions of Form I-9  -- (Rev. 08/07/09) Y and (Rev. 02/02/09) N -- can no longer be used by the public effective May 7, 2013.

According to USCIS's notice in the Federal Register (78 FR 15030, 3/8/13), the newly revised Form I-9 makes several improvements designed to minimize errors in form completion. The key revisions to Form I-9 include:

  • Adding data fields, including the employee's foreign passport information (if applicable) and telephone and email addresses.
  • Improving the form's instructions.
  • Revising the layout of the form, expanding the form from one to two pages (not including the form instructions and the List of Acceptable Documents).

Note that employers do not need to complete the new Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13)N for current employees for whom there is already a properly completed Form I-9 on file, unless re-verification applies.

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