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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
New (Required) I-9 Forms for New Employees
On March 8, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Form I-9, which employers should begin using for all new hires (and those being "re-verified"). Under the new rules, after May 7, 2013, employers must only use the revised Form I-9 dated 03/08/13 for all new hires and reverifications. Employers are not required to complete the new Form I-9 for current employees if a properly completed Form I-9 is already on file, and employers may continue to use previously accepted revisions (I-9 Forms dated 02/02/09 and 08/07/09) until May 7, 2013.
The revised Form I-9 includes new fields in Section 1 for employees to provide their email address, telephone number. It also includes new sections for aliens, requesting additional information about their work status.
The revised Form I-9 also contains six pages of instructions rather than three, which the USCIS hopes will provide clearer directions to both the employee and the employer about how to complete the Form I-9.