New I-9 Form Released

Employers must use the latest version of this form to verify that employees are authorized to work in the U.S.

Last week, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new version of Form I-9: Employment Eligibility Verification. This is the form employers must use to verify that new employees are eligible to work in the United States. A new employee completes part of the form, giving basic contact information and stating, under penalty of perjury, the basis by which he or she is authorized to work in this country. The employer then reviews, and records information about, the employee's documents proving identity and work eligibility, and completes the rest of the form.

The new version of the form is a bit longer and provides more space for writing. The main change from the old version is in the instructions, which are much longer and more detailed than they used to be. (Those interested can find a list of all the changes over at the Nation of Immigrators blog.)

Employers must begin using the new version of the form effective May 7, 2013. You can find the form at the USCIS website, Form I-9.