The government revised the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on March 8, 2013. All employers must complete a Form I-9 for all newly hired employees to verify their identity and authorization to work in the United States. The new Form I-9 is available online at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf.
According to Monty & Ramirez LLP, () a Houston, TX-based law firm specializing in labor, employment, and immigration matters, the new Form I-9 is now two pages in length. The accompanying instructions have also expanded to six pages. Because the I-9 process has changed, businesses must ensure that they integrate and apply the correct I-9 procedures in order to avoid government fines.
The government is giving employers a 60-day grace period to begin using the new Form I-9. Employers will be required to begin using the new Form I-9 on May 8, 2013.
Immigration compliance is an important aspect of operating a business. Worksite enforcement and immigration-related employment fines continue to be at the forefront of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) priorities. Maintaining a compliant Form I-9 program continues to be imperative. Fiscal year 2012 saw a record breaking 3,000 Form I-9 audits.