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New I-9 Form Released

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS” has revised its Employment Eligibility Verification form, Form I-9, which all U.S. employers are required to use to verify the identity and employment authorization status of their employees (or re-verify the continued eligibility of those existing employees whose work authorization expires on a specific date).   USCIS notice was published in the Federal Register on March 8, 2013.

The revisions contain formatting changes and additional data fields, both aimed at minimizing errors in form completion. The form is now two pages in length (not including instructions), with a revised layout. The form’s instructions have been modified, and data fields such as employee’s foreign passport information, telephone number, and email address have been added.

Use of the new form is mandatory. Recognizing that businesses may require time to adjust their operations, particularly electronic processing, USCIS announced a 60 day period during which businesses may use previous versions of the form before they are required to use the updated form. As of May 7, 2013, the older versions of the form will not be accepted.