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At long last, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published the revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 in the Federal Register.  The use of the new form is effective immediately.

The new Form I-9 is now two pages, not one, and has six pages of instructions.  So much for the Paperwork Reduction Act!  The good news is the format is easier to follow and fewer mistakes should be made using the new form.  Key revisions on the new form include:

* Adding data fields, including the employee’s foreign passport information (if applicable) and telephone and email addresses.  My recommendation is to have the new hire use his or her work email address and telephone number.  We feel personal email information is not necessary for employment eligibility verification purposes.

* The layout of the revised Form I-9 has a cleaner, easier to follow format.  Hopefully, this will result in fewer mistakes going forward.

To print a copy of the new form, go to www.uscis.gov.  The form has an expiration data of 3/31/2016.  Destroy all copies of the form that expired August 31, 2012 and do not use going forward.  You may also request us to send a copy to your company.

Note:  Do not go back and complete the new form on employees already hired by your company.  Only use the new form for persons hired going forward.

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