New Form I-9 Released on March 8, 2013
The government revised the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (“I-9”), on March 8, 2013. The I-9 is the form that all employers must complete for all newly-hired employees to verify their identity and authorization to work in the United States. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) published the revised I-9 on March 8, 2013. The new I-9 is available online on the USCIS website.
The government is giving employers a 60 day grace period to begin using the new I-9. Employers will be required to begin using the new I-9 on May 8, 2013. In short, employers may continue to use the previous I-9 until May 7, 2013, and after this date, employers will be required to use the new I-9.
Remember, employers are required to comply with all I-9 requirements and cannot employ any individual unauthorized to work. If you have questions about the new I-9 or your immigration compliance policies, contact your attorney who specializes in I-9 compliance. Doing so will prepare you and your company comply with the law.
Daniel N. Ramirez is a named partner at Monty & Ramirez LLP. He is also board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Specialization and has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine. Daniel’s practice also focuses on representing and advising clients with their immigration compliance matters.