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Employers Must Use New I-9 Form Beginning May 7

The U.S. Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) has released an updated Form I-9, with a revision date of March 8, 2013. Recognizing that some employers, particularly those using an electronic version of the I-9, may need some time to transition, USCIS will allow employers to use the older version until May 6. However, the new form can be used immediately and should be used for all new hires, re-hires and required re-verification for existing employees as of May 7.

Some notable changes to the form are its length, expanded instructions and new fields for e-mail address, phone number and foreign passport in Section 1. The revision date is on the lower left of the new form, “03/08/13 N.” USCIS produces a Spanish version of the I-9, but it is for use only in Puerto Rico. Spanish-speaking employers and employees in California may use the Spanish version for reference, but must complete and submit the English version of the form, which is attached.

The USCIS has also updated its Handbook for Employers, which provides further guidance on how to complete the I-9.