U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is announcing the newly revised Employment Eligibility Verification form, Form I–9. Employers are required to use the Form I–9 to verify the identity and employment authorization eligibility of their employees. The revisions to Form I–9 contain formatting changes and the inclusion of additional data fields.
Employment Eligibility Verification form (Form I–9) with a revision date of ‘‘(Rev. 03/08/13) N’’ is available for use beginning March 8, 2013. Prior versions of Form I–9 (Rev. 08/07/09) Y and (Rev. 02/02/09) N can no longer be used by the public effective May 7, 2013. Employers must use the new Form I– 9 immediately; however, USCIS recognizes that some employers may need additional time in order to make necessary updates to their business processes to allow for use of the new Form I–9.
USCIS recognizes that modifications to electronic systems may be particularly necessary for employers utilizing electronic Forms I–9. For these reasons, USCIS is providing employers 60 days to make necessary changes. USCIS believes that the 60-day period will help alleviate the burden that immediate implementation of the newly revised Form I–9 would have imposed on employers.
Note that employers do not need to complete the new Form I–9 (Rev. 03/08/13)N for current employees for whom there is already a properly completed Form I–9 on file, unless re-verification applies. Unnecessary verification may violate the anti-discrimination provision at section 274B of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1324b, which is enforced by DOJ’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices
Employers may access the new Form I–9 (Rev. 03/08/13)N online by visiting the USCIS Web site at www.uscis.gov. To order USCIS forms, employers can call their toll-free number at 1–800–870– 3676. The public can obtain USCIS forms and information on immigration laws, regulations and procedures by calling their National Customer Service Center at 1–800–375–5283 or by visiting USCIS’s I–9 Central Web page atwww.uscis.gov/I-9Central.