United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on March 7th the release of a revised Form I-9, the Employment Eligibility Verification. Employers are required to use this form to verify the identity and employment eligibility of each individual they hire. The revisions to the I-9 include—for the most part—formatting changes, clarification of instructions, and the inclusion of additional data fields.
The revised I-9 was available for use beginning on March 8th, and employers must begin using the revised form immediately. However, the USCIS acknowledged the difficulty employers face in transitioning immediately to the new form and, accordingly, provided a sixty (60) day grace period to phase in use of the revised form. As such, employers have up to and including May 7, 2013 to update their business processes as necessary to accommodate the new form. After this date, employers who fail to use the revised I-9 may be subject to applicable penalties and fines.
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