New Form I-9 Now Required

New Form I-9 Now Required

On March 8, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the official, newly revised Form I-9 for the hiring of all new employees (link below).
While it is immediately effective, a 60-day grace period is provided to allow employers processing time to accommodate using the new form. A new Spanish-version Form I-9 for Puerto Rico only is also available (link below).

As of May 8, 2013, all prior versions of Form I-9 can no longer be used (the new form revision date is located at the bottom right-hand corner of the form). Employers who fail to use Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13), as well as retain the Form I-9 for the required retention time (noted below), may be subject to civil money penalties, and in some cases, criminal penalties.

Employers do not need to complete the new Form I-9 for current employees for whom there is already a properly completed Form I-9 on file. Employers are required to maintain employees’ Forms I-9 for as long as an individual works for the employer and for the required retention period (either 3 years after the date of hire or 1 year after the date employment ended – whichever is later) and to make their employees’ Forms I-9 available for inspection upon request by officers of the ICE, DOJ, Office of Special Counsel, and the DOL .

USCIS Information Regarding New Form I-9 extlink

USCIS New Form I-9 (Downloadable documents: English, Spanish, and Instructions) extlink

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