As of March 8, 2013, USCIS released a new Form I-9 for employers to begin utilizing immediately for all new hires and reverifications. The newly expanded form is now 9 pages long with more comprehensive instructions. Some features of the new Form I-9 include:
Important changes to Section 1
- The form now asks for the employee’s email address and telephone number. This information would be utilized in the event of a potential mismatch between the information provided and the information in the DHS or SSA records. The employee may write “N/A” if they choose not to provide this information.
Changes in font and instruction layout of the form
- The enhanced layout allows more room for employees and employers to complete the required information clearly.
New and expanded instruction section for Employers
- There is now a detailed set of instructions included for employers on how to complete the form correctly including how to handle temporary receipts submitted in lieu of permanent documents.
Employers who fail to use the updated Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13 N) will be subject to applicable penalties under the law.
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Article written by: Carrie Bryson