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March 12, 2013 | HR Compliance | Posted by Ascentis Thought Leadership

The New I-9 and Employee Handbook M-274 Have Finally Arrived

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released the newly revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Form, as well as the M-274 "Handbook for Employers Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility VeriÀcation Form)", both of which became available for use beginning March 8, 2013

This updated version of the form replaces prior versions ((Rev. 02/02/09) N and (Rev. 08/07/09) Y), which can no longer be used as of May 7, 2013. Employers must use the I-9 to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all new employees hired after November 6, 1986.

This revised form features additional data requirements, including sections specific to foreign passport information, telephone numbers and email addresses. The new two-page layout does not include the list of acceptable documents or form instructions. According to the new format, employees must complete the first page of the form while employers must complete page 2. According to the USCIS, employers must begin using the new I-9 immediately but a 60-day grace period will be granted to implement this change. After May 7, 2013, employers who fail to use the revised form can be subject to penalties under Section 274(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as enforced by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

Employers should follow the instructions found in the revised 2-274 "Handbook for Employers Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification Form)".  Click this link for the revised handbook: M-274-Handbook-for-Employers. To download a copy of the new Form I-9 and corresponding instructions, please download here: USCIS Form I-9 OMB No. 1615-0047 Expires 03/31/2016.

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