WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 for use by all employers. Employers are required to complete a Form I-9 for each employee hired in the United States and retain it on file for inspection by federal officials.
Changes to Form I-9 include new fields, reformatting to reduce errors, and clearer instructions to both employees and employers. The Department of Homeland Security has published a notice in the Federal Register informing employers of the new Form I-9.
As of March 8, 2013 all employers should:
Be using the newly revised Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13)N for all new hires and reverifications.
Employers may continue to use previously completed forms (Rev.02/02/09)N and (Rev. 08/07/09)Y until May 7, 2013.
After May 7, 2013, employers must use only Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13)N for all new employees and employees subject to reverification.
Employers should not complete a new I-9 form for current employees if an I-9 is on file.
The revision date of the Form I-9 is printed on the lower left corner of the form.
The Spanish version of Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13)N is available on the USCIS website for use in Puerto Rico only. Spanish-speaking employers and employees in the 50 states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories may use the Spanish version for reference, but must complete the English version of the form.
The new forms are available in English and Spanish online at www.uscis.gov. For more information, please call 888-464-4218. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. USCIS maintains a website, I-9 Central, to support Form I-9 users.