Federal law places an affirmative duty on employers to verify the identity and work authorization of all newly hired persons through completion of the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 within three business days after the individual is hired. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency has issued a new Form I-9 for Employment Eligibility Verification. This new form is available for immediate use, but employers may continue to use the previous version (original expiration date 8/31/12) until May 7, 2013.
After May 7, 2013, all employers must use only the newly revised Form I-9 (expiration date 3/31/2016) for each new employee hired, or be subject to a civil penalty if audited. Be advised that the new form requires additional data, and expands the form from one page to two. Employers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the new format and instructions. The USCIS is conducting several free I-9 webinars throughout the month to provide answers to any questions NAHB members may have about the new form. Download the new form and instructions at: www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf.