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) has issued a new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The form is available for immediate use by employers, but employers may continue to use the previous version of the I-9 form (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.
The new form requires additional data, and expands the form from one page to two pages. Employers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the new format and instructions.
To download the new form and instructions, go to: www.uscis.gov/I-9Central.
For more information, please contact NAHB staff member David Crump at 800-368-5242 x8491.