On March 8, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new Employment Eligibility Verification Form, Form I-9, and a revised Handbook for Employers, M-274. The main changes to the new Form are that it contains further instructions on how to complete the Form I-9 and also expands the Form itself to two pages. Employers should review the revised Handbook and may begin using the new Form I-9 immediately both for new hires and for work authorization reverification. USCIS is allowing employers two months to transition to the new Form I-9, but beginning on May 7, 2013, employers must use the new Form I-9. Employers do not need to complete a new Form I-9 for current employees with a proper I-9 on file.
The new Form I-9 is two pages — instead of one page — and is designed to be easier to read and complete. The revised Section 1 requests an employee’s telephone number and email address, although the revised Handbook for Employers notes that providing this information is voluntary. When applicable, Section 1 of the revised Form I-9 requires an employee to note his or her foreign passport number and the country of issuance.
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