The new I-9 Form is here! On March 8, 2013, USCIS released a new Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9. As you know, all employers are required to complete a Form I-9 for all newly-hired employees to verify their identity and authorization to work in the United States.
Employers may continue to use previously valid Forms I-9 (Rev. 08/07/09Y and 02/02/09N) for 60 days, or until May 7, 2013. However, in order to avoid the risk of administrative penalties after May 7, 2013, employers should begin using the new Form I-9 immediately for all new hires.
Improvements to the Form I-9 include new fields, reformatting to reduce errors, and clearer instructions to both employees and employers. Below are a few helpful links regarding the updated Form I-9.
- Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Form (03/08/13)
- Spanish language Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Form (03/08/13) [may be completed only by employers in Puerto Rico but can be used as a resource in the US]
- Handbook for Employer: Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13)
- Notice published in Federal Register containing additional details
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