Revised Form I-9 Released
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a revision to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The revised form is somewhat longer, and contains many clarifications and updated fields.
Employers should begin using the new form immediately, but older forms will be accepted until May 7, 2013. This transition period is designed to allow employers additional time to update their business processes.
Many revisions deal with clarifications made in the instructions in the header of the form, such as:
* Employees must complete and sign Section 1 of Form 1-9 no later than
the first day of employment, but not before accepting a job offer.
* Employers or their authorized representative must complete and sign Section 2 within three business days of the employee's first day of employment.
* The employer must physically examine one document from List A OR examine a combination of one document from List B and one document from List C as listed on the "Lists of Acceptable Documents" in the Form I-9.
* For each document they review, they must record the document title, issuing authority, document number, and expiration date, if any.
* The person who examines the employee's documents must be the same person who signs Section 2.
* The examiner and the employee must both be physically present during the examination.