New Form I-9s Available; Must Use for New Hires and Reverifications After May 7, 2013

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On Friday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Form I-9 that employers should begin using for all new hires and reverifications. Employers may continue to use previously accepted revisions (I-9 Forms dated 02/02/09 and 08/07/09) until May 7, 2013. After May 7, 2013, employers must only use the revised Form I-9 dated 03/08/13 for all new hires and reverifications. Employers should not complete a new Form I-9 for current employees if a properly completed Form I-9 is already on file.

The revised Form I-9 includes new fields in Section 1 for employees to provide their email address, telephone number, and for aliens, additional information about their work status. Sections 2 and 3 remain the same, but for some reformatting to reduce error. The revised Form I-9 also contains six pages of instructions rather than three, providing clearer directions to both the employee and the employer about how to complete the Form I-9.

 

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