Revised Form I-9—Required After May 7, 2013

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently revised the Form I-9. Employers should begin using the newly revised Form I-9 (Rev.03/08/13 N) for all new hires and re-verifications. Employers may continue to use previously accepted revisions until May 7, 2013. After May 7, 2013, employers must only use Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13 N). The USCIS also publishes a handbook with useful information for employers to assist them in completing the Form I-9. The USCIS updated the Handbook for Employers, Guidance for Completing the Form I-9 (M-274) to include information about the revised Form I-9.  According to the USCIS, helpful new images have been added to the Handbook to illustrate how employees and employers can complete the new form. The Handbook also contains updated guidance on recording changes of name and other identity information.

We recommend that now is a good time to review your entire hiring process, from the proper form of job application to verifying your new hires are legally eligible to work for you.