Use of Updated Form I-9 is Now Required
By M. Edward Taylor
In a notice issued March 7, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that employers should begin using a revised version of the I-9 employment eligibility verification form immediately.
In the notice, USCIS said employers should start using the new I-9 form with the revision date of “(Rev. 03/08/13) N” beginning on March 8, 2013. However, the agency recognized that some employers may need additional time to update their business processes, especially those using electronic I-9 forms. The older version of the I-9 will be accepted up to 60 days after the date the notice is published (the current form can thus be used until May 7, 2013).
Please note that the revised I-9 does not need to be completed for existing employees who already have an I-9 on file, unless their employment eligibility needs to be re-verified. Re-verifying existing employees’ employment eligibility when not necessary could violate the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
The new form can be accessed at: http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf
The attorneys at Sebris Busto James are available to assist you with any questions you may have regarding I-9 requirements.
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