The long awaited NEW Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13) has finally been released by USCIS. After months of reviewing over 6,000 comments, USCIS has finalized the new form with some key changes:
- New data fields, including the employee’s foreign passport information, phone number, and email address;
- Expanded form instructions; and,
- Revised form layout- increasing the form from one to two pages.
The additional new data fields are likely to have the most impact on employers since hiring managers will require additional training to recognize the new fields, understand their significance, and apply the compliance rules to ensure the form’s proper completion. The expanded form instructions will be helpful as a source of guidance for how to complete the already complex form.
While the new form goes immediately into effect upon publication, employers will have a 60 day transition period during which they may continue to use previous versions of Form I-9 (Rev. 08/07/09 and Rev. 02/02/09). Employers may also use this 60 day grace period to ensure that their electronic I-9 systems are compliant with the new Form I-9.
For additional information regarding the new Form I-9, or any other immigration matters, please contact Valentine at 215-979-1840 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.