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:
- The addition of data fields, including foreign passport information (if applicable) and telephone and email addresses.
- Improvements to the form’s instructions, which are now 6 pages!
- Revisions to the layout of the form, expanding it from one to two pages (not including instructions and the List of Acceptable Documents.)
- 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.