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Immigration Law Update: New Form I-9 & Employer Handbook

Published on March 13, 2013

By Janet Cheetham & Joel Paget

USCIS has issued a new Form I-9. The form is available for immediate use by employers. Here are a few tips on how to complete the new form:

  • Employers who need to make necessary updates to their business processes may continue to use other previously accepted revisions until May 7, 2013.
  • The Spanish form can be used in Puerto Rico only. Otherwise it can only be used as a guide. The form in the 50 States has to be in English.
  • Employees must be given a copy of the instructions when completing their portion of the form.
  • The e-mail address and phone number questions are optional; enter N/A.
  • Voter Registration cards are a valid form of ID if they have a photograph.
  • Print the form front and back so the second page does not get separated from the first page.
  • If a job offer has been accepted, the Form I-9 can be completed now even if the start date is later.
  • The re-certification section has been revised so the employer is aware of the three different things the employer is attesting to when signing.

The “Handbook for Employers Guidance for Completing the Form I-9 (M-274)” is now available on the USCIS website.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Janet Cheetham and Joel Paget are attorneys in Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC’s Immigration Group. Janet can be reached at 206.654.2235 or [email protected] Joel can be reached at 206.654.2215 or [email protected]

This message has been released by the Immigration Group at Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC to advise of recent developments in the law. Because each situation is different, this information is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended to provide legal advice on any specific facts and circumstances. Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC is a full-service law firm located in Seattle, Washington.

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