USCIS publishes new Form I-9

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new Form I-9 to be used by employers to verify employment eligibility for all new hires. The new Form I-9 took effect March 8 and expires March 31, 2016. USCIS will accept previous forms through May 7. After May 7, employers must use the new Form I-9.

The new Form I-9 includes six pages of instructions, which answer employers' frequently asked questions regarding previous versions of Form I-9. For example, the new instructions explain that identifying a Social Security number for Section 1 purposes remains voluntary unless the employer is enrolled in E-verify.

The instructions also explain the "receipt rule," which allows an employee to comply with Section 2 requirements by producing a receipt for a replacement document. The instructions also clarify reverification does not apply to List B documents.