In March 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) proposed a new I-9 form and provided a public comment period until May 29, 2012. With more than 6,000 comments received, USCIS continues to review the public comments and extended the comment period through September 2012. USCIS will likely release final changes to the I-9 in the coming months. The most significant proposed changes include expanding the form to two pages and increasing the data fields in Sections 1, 2 and 3 to allow for additional information.

In the meantime, however, USCIS announced recently that employers should continue using the existing I-9 even though it contains an expiration date of August 31, 2012, in the top right-hand corner. The current version of the form has an effective date of August 7, 2009, in the bottom right-hand corner.