New I-9 Form Released
March 8, 2013
A new edition of the I-9 employment eligibility verification form will be introduced on Friday, March 8, 2013 according to an advance copy
of a USCIS notice scheduled to be published in the Federal Register tomorrow.
USCIS has been working on the revised I-9 form for more than a year. In March 2012, it published a proposed revision for public comment.
The new edition, dated March 8, 2013, will take effect immediately on publication and will become the only acceptable version of the form as of May 8, 2013. Until then, however, employers may continue to use the August 7, 2009 or February 2, 2009 edition. Employers who are not using the I-9 form following the 60-day grace period will be subject to fines and penalties under The Act (Immigration and Nationality Act.), as well as ICE.
The new I-9 will not become publicly available until tomorrow, but is expected to require employers and employees to provide much more information as mentioned in the advance copy with a longer format.
Take a look at a previously written article by our office on the proposed I-9 form that was released last year for comment.
We anticipate that the form will provide:
- Improvement in heading lines that will clarify where List B and C information should be placed
- New language to assist employers better understand what documents are acceptable for the I-9 form
- Better layout and new data fields in Sections 1 and 2.
We will post the new I-9 form when released tomorrow on our blog, but wanted to give you heads up in advance. Lastly, for those of you who manage your I-9 forms via an electronic software vendor, this is absolutely the right time to have a conversation with them concerning their compliance with the new form. This is also a good time to think about additional training for your staff.