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New Employment Eligibility Form Should Reduce Errors, Provide Clarity

March 13th, 2013 · 1 Comment

Earlier this month, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new employment eligibility verification form (Form I-9), now available for immediate use by employers. Employers who need to make necessary updates to prepare for the new Form I-9 may continue to use other previously accepted revisions (Rev.02/02/09)N and (Rev. 08/07/09)Y until May 7, 2013. After this date, all employers must use the revised Form I-9 for each new employee hired in the United States.

The revised Form I-9 has several new features, including new fields and a new format to reduce errors. The instructions also more clearly describe the information employees and employers must provide in each section. 

English and Spanish versions of the new form are available online at

For more information, please call (888) 464-4218 or visit I-9 Central online. 

To order forms, call USCIS toll-free at (800) 870-3673. For downloadable forms and information on immigration laws as well as USCIS programs, regulations and procedures, please visit

Tags: Regulatory Policy

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  • 1 Estey Bomberger // Mar 19, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Very helpful for small business owners here in California. There is a good amount of paperwork to consider with every new hire, so we’re glad to see the forms tidied up a bit.