In a previous blog we noted that the current Form I-9 technically expired on August 31, 2012, but that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had issued notice to employers to continue to use that form until a new form was released.  Well, that time has come.

On March 8, 2013, the USCIS announced a new Form I-9 that employers should start to use immediately.  The form is available here.  Prior Form I-9s dated 2/2/2009 and 8/7/2009 may continue to be used until May 7, 2013.  As of May 8, however, employers must use the new Form I-9 only.

While the format of the new Form I-9 is essentially the same as previous versions of the form, the Form I-9 now consists of two pages rather than one. The accompanying instructions also have been expanded and provide more detailed guidance regarding completion of the form.

Takeaway:  Employers should begin using the new Form I-9 effective immediately, but in no event later than May 7, 2013.  If you should have any questions regarding the new Form I-9 or the completion process, please do not hesitate to contact us.