On March 8, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) published a new version of Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification Form) in the Federal Register. Employers are encouraged to begin using the new version of the form immediately and will be required to use the new version beginning May 7, 2013.

How is the new form different?

  • Form I-9 is now two pages
  • Page 1 is completed by the employee (with or without the assistance of a preparer/translator) and page 2 is completed by the employer
  • Expanded instructions
  • New fields for e-mail address, phone number and foreign passport in Section 1
  • Space for a 3-D barcode, presumably for future use by USCIS

Will USCIS be revising the Handbook for Employers (Form M-274)?

Yes, the Handbook for Employers has been revised and is available on the USCIS website. You can view it by clicking here.

Where can I find the new form?

The March 8, 2013 version of the Form I-9 can be found by clicking here.

Where can I read the Federal Register Notice?

The Federal Register Notice can be found by clicking here.