Employers Must Use The New Form I-9 Starting May 7, 2013; Is Your Organization Prepared?


A new version of Form I-9 was released by USCIS on March 8, 2013. Employers were required by law to begin using the new version of Form I-9 effective immediately, but USCIS gave employers a 60-day grace period to implement the new form into business practice. This 60-day grace period will run out on May 7, 2013. Employers must use the new version of Form I-9 for any new hires or I-9 re-verifications completed on or after May 7, 2013.  

Federal law requires that every employer hiring an individual for employment in the United States must complete a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The new version of Form I-9 includes new fields for employee telephone numbers and e-mail addresses. The new version has also been reformatted and is now two pages in length. The new version of Form I-9 is available at uscis.gov.

We have prepared an essential, interactive introduction to the new Form I-9 that identifies the changes and provides instructions. Click here to open the presentation. Click on the arrows at the bottom of the presentation screen to advance.

For additional information, employers can contact Tony Derosby or Katie Minervino. For updates regarding employment authorization and immigration, you can also follow Katie on Twitter @kminervino as she closely tracks E-Verify and other immigration-related developments


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