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Employers: New Form I-9 Required after May 7, 2013

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently issued a newly revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Employers are encouraged to begin using the new Form I-9 immediately, though older versions of Form I-9 (dated 02/02/09 and 08/07/09) will be accepted until May 7, 2013.  After May 7, only the new Form I-9 (dated 03/08/2013) will be accepted. 

The revised Form I-9 has a different format including: new data fields such as passport information, telephone numbers, and email addresses; six full pages of revised instructions; and a more intuitive layout that separates Section 1, the information employees must provide, from Section 2, the information employers must complete. The List of Acceptable Documents has also been revised to clarify the requirements for certain documents; however, the documents acceptable for Form I-9 purposes have not changed.

Employers should consider the revision to the Form I-9 as an opportunity to conduct comprehensive Form I-9 training for staff. Human resources and other staff using the form must understand the Form I-9 process and the changes required by the issuance of this revised Form I-9.

For more information, contact  Kenji Tashiro.



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