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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new Form I-9 on March 8. Employers must begin using this new form and instructions by May 7, 2013, at which point no prior versions of Form I-9 may be used.

And take note, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is stepping up enforcement of I-9 compliance. Employers who fail to use the new documents may be subject to penalties, enforced by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

Here’s a quick look at what’s new with the I-9 form:

  1. The addition of data fields, including foreign passport information (if applicable) and telephone and email addresses.
  2. Improvements to the form’s instructions, which are now 6 pages!
  3. Revisions to the layout of the form, expanding it from one to two pages (not including instructions and the List of Acceptable Documents.)
  4. The employee now completes the first page and the employer completes the second page.

For more information, plus links to step-by-step instructions, examples of completed forms, and download links, visit the USCIS “I-9 Central” Web page at http://www.uscis.gov/I-9Central.