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Employers Must Use the New USCIS Form I-9 by May 7, 2013

April 19, 2013

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has released a new version of its Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 (“Form I-9”), a form employers must complete to document their verification of each new employee’s identity and authorization to work in the United States, as well as any required re-verifications.  USCIS revised the Form I-9 to try to minimize errors made by individuals completing the form.  The new Form I-9 includes additional data fields, enhanced instructions, and a modified layout (which expands the form from one to two pages, in addition to the form’s instructions and List of Acceptable Documents).

Employers should begin using the new Form I-9 as soon as practicable, but no later than May 7, 2013.  The new Form I-9 is available on the USCIS website, at  USCIS has also updated its Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (M-274), which provides helpful information regarding the completion of the Form I-9 and answers to frequently asked questions.  A copy of this updated Handbook is available on the USCIS’s website, at

Please do not hesitate to contact any of our attorneys if you have any questions or need any additional information regarding this new Form I-9.