New Form I-9 issued by USCIS

Posted on Mar 15, 2013

USCIS has issued a new form I-9, a link to which appears below. Although employers should begin using the 03/08/13 dated form right away, older forms dated 02/02/09 and 08/07/09 will be accepted until May 7, 2013.

After May 7, 2013, only the 03/08/13 will be accepted.

I-9 compliance is an area of increasing exposure for employers. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reached its highest number yet of companies audited for illegal immigrants on their payrolls this past fiscal year — continuing an enforcement trend that began in 2007. Audits of employer I-9 forms increased from 250 in 2007 to more than 3,000 in 2012. From fiscal years 2009 to 2012, the total amount of fines grew to nearly $13 million from $1 million.

The number of company managers arrested has increased commensurately to 238 last year, ICE reports.

English and Spanish versions of the form appear here