The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a Special Edition of E-Verify Connection, an e-newsletter for employers and workers that contains information about important changes recently made to the new Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13 N). A PDF version of the E-Verify Connection e-newsletter is available online at http://www.uscis.gov/USCIS/Verification/E-Verify/E-Verify_Native_Documents/Newsletters/E-Verify-Connection.pdf.
Federal law requires employers hiring an individual for employment in the United States to complete a Form I-9 to help verify the employee’s identity and employment authorization. On March 8, 2913, the USCIS published a revised Form I-9 with revised instructions and a new design that was made available for immediate use by employers. According to the Special Edition of the E-Verify Connection e-newsletter, changes to the new Form I-9 include:
- New revision date (03/08/2013 N) and expiration date (03/31/2016).
- Instructions for Form I-9 are six pages (formerly 3) with links to resources.
- Form I-9 is now two pages.
- Fillable with drop down menus for date and country of issuance.
- Data field titles are clearer.
- New fields for Section 1: E-mail address and phone number (optional), Alien Authorized to Work, and Foreign passport and country of issuance.
- Changes for Section 2: Employee’s name on top of form and new fields for List A document combinations.
Employers should begin using the revised Form I-9 immediately. However, the USCIS is allowing 60 days from March 8, 2013 – the date of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a Notice in the Federal Register – during which time employers may continue to use prior versions of the Form I-9 (Rev.02/02/09 N) and (Rev. 08/07/09 Y). Beginning May 7, 2013, employers may only use the new Form I-9 with revision date March 8, 2013 available at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf.
E-Verify is a free Internet-based system run by the USCIS that compares information from the Form I-9 with DHS and Social Security Administration (SSA) databases. Each issue of E-Verify Connection includes updates about advances in the system and other useful information related to employment eligibility verification. To subscribe, email E-VerifyOutreach@dhs.gov. To learn all about the latest Form I-9 and E-Verify enhancements, visit http://www.uscis.gov/I-9Central.
A Designated E-Verify Employer Agent such as Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) may help employers comply with Form I-9 regulations. To learn more, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/formi9.php. ESR – ‘The Background Check Authority®’ – is a nationwide background screening firm accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). For more information, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ or call Toll Free 888.999.4474.
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