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New FORM I-9 – Challenges and Pitfalls

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published the long-awaited new Form I-9 which all employers must use now for all new hires in the United States and for re-verifications.  Employers should not complete a new Form I-9 for current employees if a properly completed Form I-9 is already on file.

The revised Form I-9 is now a 2-page form and has several new features intended to assist in reducing errors. There are a total of 9 pages – 6 pages of detailed instructions along with the new form and a listing showing the A, B and C acceptable documents.  The form more clearly describes the sections that employees and employers must complete.  The revision date of the Form I-9 is printed on the lower left corner of the form (3/8/13) and shows an expiration date of 3/31/2016.

Keep in mind that, although the new I-9 form requests email address and telephone number, these are optional.  The social security number is also optional unless you are an E-verify employer.

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