U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on March 8 that the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 has been revised. The major revisions include fields for employee’s foreign passport information and their telephone number and email address.
The new form, which you can download here: www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf was revised on March 8, 2013. The form is available for immediate use. After May 7, 2013, all prior versions of Form I-9 cannot be used. Employers should take steps now to ensure that they are using the newly-revised form after May 7, 2013 to avoid civil penalties.
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. Unnecessarily re-verifying employees’ employment eligibility could violate the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
The new I-9 still contains three basic sections:
• Section 1 collects identifying information about the employee, asks him or her to attest to being a citizen, noncitizen national, lawful permanent resident, or alien authorized to work, and asks the employee to provide documentation proving identity and work authorization;
• Section 2 collects information from the employer and the identity and work authorization documentation provided by the employee; and
• Section 3 collects information regarding the employee’s continued work authorization when the documentation in Section 1 or Section 2 expires.