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USCIS Issues New Form I-9 Effective May 7, 2013

Volume 12, Issue 3
March 8, 2013

Earlier today, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9, which contains a number of improvements such as new fields, reformatting to reduce errors and clearer instructions to both employees and employers.  Employers should use the new form for all new hires and re-verifications as soon as possible, but may continue to use previously accepted revisions (Rev. 02/02/09) and (Rev. 08/07/09) until May 7, 2013.  After May 7, 2013, employers must only use Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13) or face penalties for non-compliance.  A Spanish version of Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13) is available on the USCIS website, but only for use in Puerto Rico.  Spanish-speaking employers and employees in the 50 states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories may use the Spanish version for reference, but must complete the English version of the form.  USCIS maintains a website page, I-9 Central, to support Form I-9 users.  For downloadable forms and information on USCIS programs, immigration laws, regulations, and procedures, please visit www.uscis.gov.  The "Handbook for Employers Guidance for Completing the Form I-9 (M-274)" is in the process of being updated to correspond to the new Form I-9 and is expected to be released sometime next week.

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