USCIS Offers Free Webinars to Inform Employers about Revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9

To help inform employers of the revisions to the new Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13) N, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is offering free educational webinars that highlight the new features of the revised Form I-9form, including the new fields and format, and also include a detailed overview of how to use the form. The revised Form I-9 is now available for immediate use by all employers for all new hires and re-verifications at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf.

The live webinars from the USCIS will give employers an overview of the revised Form I-9 process, including step by step instructions on how to complete each section, retention, and storage. For more information or to attend a live webinar, visit http://www.dhs.gov/e-verify  and select Take a FREE Webinar from the right sidebar. Here is the current schedule of webinars for the remainder of March 2013:

  • Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 2:00 PM EST
  • Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM EST
  • Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 11:00 AM EST
  • Friday, March 15, 2013 at 1:00 PM EST
  • Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM EST
  • Friday, March 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM EST
  • Monday, March 25, 2013 at 1:00 PM EST
  • Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 11:00 AM EST

As reported earlier on the ESR News blog, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (Rev. 03/08/13)N on March 8, 2013 that employers should begin using immediately. However, since the USCIS recognizes employers may need additional time to allow for use of the new form, employers may continue to use previously accepted revisions (Rev.02/02/09) N and (Rev. 08/07/09) Y for a 60-day period until May 7, 2013. After that date, all U.S. employers must use the revised Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13) N.

The newly revised Form I-9 has several new features and improvements designed to minimize errors in form completion. The key revisions to Form I-9 include:

  • Adding data fields, including the employee’s foreign passport information (if applicable) and telephone and email addresses.
  • Improving the form’s instructions to more clearly describe the information employees and employers must provide in each section.
  • Revising the layout of the form, expanding the form from one to two pages (not including the form instructions and the List of Acceptable Documents).

The Handbook for Employers, Guidance for Completing the Form I-9 (M-274) has been updated to include information about the revised Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13) N. The name of the Handbook has also changed slightly. The word “Guidance” has replaced “Instructions.” Helpful new images have been added to illustrate how employees and employers can complete Section 1-3 of the new form. Please also see page 23 for updated guidance on recording changes of name and other identity guidance. The updated Handbook is available at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/m-274.pdf.

A Designated E-Verify Employer Agent such as Employment Screening Resources (ESR) may help employers comply with Form I-9 regulations. For more information, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/formi9.php. Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority’ – is a nationwide background screening provider accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). For more information about ESR, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/, call Toll Free 888.999.4474, or email clientsupport@esrcheck.com.

Sources:

http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf

http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/USDHSCIS-707000

http://www.uscis.gov/USCIS/Verification/E-Verify/E-Verify_Native_Documents/E-Verify%20Webinar%20Flyer.pdf

http://www.esrcheck.com/wordpress/2013/03/11/uscis-publishes-new-form-i-9-for-employment-eligibility-verification/

About Employment Screening Resources (ESR):

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