USCIS Revises Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9

March 12, 2013
Revisions include new user-friendly instructions for completing Form I-9WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today published a revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 for use. All employers are required to complete a Form I-9 for each employee hired in the United States.Improvements to Form I-9 include new fields, reformatting to reduce errors, and clearer instructions to both employees and employers. The Department of Homeland Security has published aNotice in the Federal Register informing employers of the new Form I-9.

Effective 03/08/13:

  • Employers should begin using the newly revised Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13)N for all new hires and reverifications.
  • Employers may continue to use previously accepted revisions (Rev.02/02/09)N and (Rev. 08/07/09) Y until May 7, 2013.
  • After May 7, 2013, employers must only use Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13)N.

The revision date of the Form I-9 is printed on the lower left corner of the form.  Employers should not complete a new Form I-9 for current employees if a properly completed Form I-9 is already on file.

A Spanish version of Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13)N is available on the USCIS website for use in Puerto Rico only. Spanish-speaking employers and employees in the 50 states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories may use the Spanish version for reference, but must complete the English version of the form.

The revised forms are available in English and Spanish online at www.uscis.gov.

The revisions include:

  • Expanding the form to two pages.
  • A redesign that ensures the form is in line with current design standards.
  • Changes in font and font size, and placing the instructions in a one-column format.
  • Expanded instructions that now more clearly describe:
    • Information employees must enter in Section 1;
    • Employers’ responsibilities for Section 2;
    • Employer responsibilities, including when re-verification is necessary, for Section 3.

I-9 New Employee Form 2013