|March 27, 2013|
Previously published on March 19, 2013
On March 8, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released a new Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 for immediate use by employers for new hires, re-verification and re-hires.
The new Form I-9 is two pages as opposed to the prior single page format. The first page is to be completed by the employee and the second page is to be completed by the employer. On the employee portion of the Form I-9, new fields were added for e-mail addresses and phone numbers. New fields for information related to alien work authorization were also added to the new form. In addition to these changes to the Form I-9, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services also revised the instructions, which are now six pages. The new instructions provide more detail describing how to fill out Form I-9 and include a section regarding employing minors and certain employees with disabilities.
Although employers may continue to use previously valid Forms I-9 for 60 days until May 7, 2013, we recommend that you begin using the new Form I-9 immediately for new hires, re-verification or rehires. A new Form I-9 for current employees does not need to be completed if a properly completed and valid Form I-9 is already on file for the employee.