The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service issued a new version of the Form I-9 on March 8, 2013. Although employers should begin using the new version of the Form I-9 right away, older forms dated 2/2/09 and 8/7/09 will be accepted until May 7, 2013. After May 7, 2013, only the new version of the Form I-9 will be accepted. The revision date is on the lower left corner of the form.
The newly revised Form I-9 makes several improvements designed to minimize errors in form completion. The key revisions to Form I-9 include:
USCIS has stated that employers must use the new Form I-9 immediately; however, USCIS recognizes that some employers may need additional time to make necessary updates to their business processes to allow for use of the new Form I-9. Accordingly, USCIS is providing employers 60 days to make necessary changes. USCIS believes that the 60-day period will help alleviate the burden that immediate implementation of the newly revised Form I-9 would have imposed on employers.
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, unless re-verification applies. Employers may access the new Form I-9 online by visiting the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf.