USCIS Issues New Form I-9

In a previous blog we noted that the current Form I-9 technically expired on August 31, 2012, but that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had issued notice to employers to continue to use that form until a new form was released.  Well, that time has come.

On March 8, 2013, the USCIS announced a new Form I-9 that employers should start to use immediately.  The form is available here.  Prior Form I-9s dated 2/2/2009 and 8/7/2009 may continue to be used until May 7, 2013.  As of May 8, however, employers must use the new Form I-9 only.

While the format of the new Form I-9 is essentially the same as previous versions of the form, the Form I-9 now consists of two pages rather than one. The accompanying instructions also have been expanded and provide more detailed guidance regarding completion of the form.

Takeaway:  Employers should begin using the new Form I-9 effective immediately, but in no event later than May 7, 2013.  If you should have any questions regarding the new Form I-9 or the completion process, please do not hesitate to contact us.

About Michael Miller

Michael is a Chambers-rated attorney in Briggs and Morgan's Employment, Benefits, and Labor group and is head of the firm’s Employment Law Counseling and Compliance practice group. He has 25 years experience counseling employers to prevent unwanted litigation and advises companies of ongoing changes in federal, state and local employment law. Michael advises employers in all areas of employment law including discipline and discharge, leaves of absence, wage and hour compliance, non-compete and confidentiality agreements, affirmative action plans, background checking, and drug/alcohol testing. For Michael's full bio, click here.

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