The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that, beginning March 8, 2013, employers must begin using a revised version of the Form I-9 to verify the employment eligibility of new hires. The new form will reflect a revision date (Rev. 03/08/13)N. As of the time of writing, the new Form I-9 was not available on the USCIS website,  The USCIS is permitting employers to use the older version of the Form I-9 for sixty days – until May 7, 2013.

The new Form I-9 is now two pages, excluding the instructions. The new form also adds data fields to capture the employee’s foreign passport information (if applicable), telephone number, and email address. The USCIS plans to update the I-9 Handbook for Employers within the next week to address the changes in the revised Form I-9.

Employers should begin using the revised Form I-9 as soon as possible. Please visit the USCIS’s I-9 Central to access the most current version of the Form, once it is made publicly available.