Starting May 7, 2013, employers may use only the new Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 (with a revision date of “03/08/13 N”) to comply with their employment eligibility verification responsibilities. The new Form was published by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on March 8, 2013, and had been authorized for use, along with the previous Form. Now, using it will become mandatory.
The key revisions from the previous version include:
- Adding data fields, including the employee’s foreign passport information (if applicable) and telephone numbers and email addresses. (The telephone numbers and email addresses are optional.)
- Improving the form’s instructions, including more definitions.
- Revising the layout of the form, expanding the form from one to two pages (not including the form instructions and the List of Acceptable Documents).
Employers that fail to use the new Form I-9 on and after May 7 may be subject to penalties as enforced by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Justice.
Additionally, USCIS has released an updated “Handbook for Employers” (M-274) to reflect the Form I-9 revisions. The Handbook is a useful guide for employers on completing the Form I-9.
- To access the new Form I-9 online: http://www.uscis.gov.
- To order immigration forms: 1-800-870-3676.
- To obtain USCIS forms and information on immigration laws, regulations and procedures: call the National Customer Service Center (1-800-375-5283) or visit USCIS’s I-9 Central web page (http://www.uscis.gov/I-9Central).
- To view the Jackson Lewis webinar, New Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9: http://www.jacksonlewis.com/media/video/PB8955211.wmv.