United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that employers should continue using the Form I-9 currently available in the forms section of http://www.uscis.gov  until further notice.

All employers should use the form even after August 31, 2012, when the current OMB control number expires.  USCIS will provide updated information about the new version of the Form I-9 as it becomes available.

Employers must complete a Form I-9 for each newly-hired employee to verify the individual’s identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Failure to comply with this obligation may result in criminal prosecution.  Even paperwork violations expose employers to administrative fines of upwards of $1,100 perform.  So, it is critical that all employers make verification compliance a high priority.