On March 8, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the official, newly revised Form I-9.
Employers are required to use the Form I-9 to verify the identity and the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees hired after November 1986.
What is Different in the new I-9?
USCIS has finalized the new form with the following major changes:
- New data fields, including employee’s foreign passport information, telephone and email address;
- Clarifying the form’s instructions; and
- Revising the layout of the form and expanding it from one to two pages.
Form I-9 Revision Date
The new, revised Form I-9 will contain a revision date of “(Rev. 03/08/13)N.” Employers should begin using this new form immediately.
Employers will have a 60-day grace period, until May 7, 2013, to comply by using the new form. After May 7, 2013, employers who fail to use this new form may be subject to penalties imposed under the Immigration and Naturalization Act. These provisions, as usual, would be enforced by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The M-274 Handbook for Employers is in the process of being updated as well by USCIS in order to correspond to the new Form I-9. Employers are advised by USCIS to follow instructions on the new Form I-9 until the revised M-274 Handbook for Employers has been updated.
Click here to access the USCIS I-9 website for the I-9 announcement.
Click here to access a downloadable copy of the new I-9
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