Get it Now! E-Verify Connection: FORM I-9 Special Edition

USCIS has released a March Special Edition of the E-Verify Connection to keep you informed about the important changes recently made to the Form I-9.

Read the latest edition of E-Verify Connection today! It’s packed full of information that will benefit you!  Let us know what you think of the new format. 

E-Verify Connection is brought to you by USCIS to keep you up-to-date about Form I-9, E-Verify, and Self Check!

For more information about the new I-9:

·         Read the press release.
·         Visit I-9 Central.
·         Review the updated Handbook for Employers, Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (M-274).
·         Take a free webinar 

E-Verify Connection
A publication of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
March 2013 Issue XII

Welcome to E-Verify Connection, an e-newsletter from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for U.S. employers and workers. Each issue will bring you updates about E-Verify’s advances and activities, as well as other useful information related to employment eligibility verification. A PDF version of E-Verify Connection is available online. 


USCIS Releases a Revised Form I-9- March 8, 2013
A new Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 is now available for your immediate use. The new design and revised instructions assist employers and employees. See the USCIS press release.

Changes to the Form

  • New revision date (03/08/2013 N) and expiration date (03/31/2016)
  • Instructions for Form I-9 are six pages (formerly 3) with links to resources
  • Form I-9 is now two pages
  • Fillable with drop down menus for date and country of issuance
  • Data field titles are clearer
  • Section 1- New Fields:
    • E-mail address and phone number (optional)
    • Alien Authorized to Work
    • Foreign passport and country of issuance
  • Section 2:
    • Employee’s name on top of form
    • New fields for List A document combinations

Federal Register Notice – 60 days
Employers should begin using the revised Form I-9 immediately.  However, because some employers may need time to update processes, USCIS is allowing 60 days from March 8, 2013 - the date of the Federal Register Notice - during which employers may continue to use prior versions of the form: (Rev.02/02/09)N and (Rev. 08/07/09)Y.  Beginning May 7, 2013, only the new Form I-9 with revision date March 8, 2013 may be used.

Revised Form I-9 Available in Spanish
Formulario I-9 is on the USCIS website and can be filled-in by employers and employees in Puerto Rico ONLY. Spanish-speakers in the 50 states and other U.S. territories may use the Spanish version for reference, but must complete the English version of the form only.

Form I-9 Webinars - New Form, Updated Information!
Do you have questions?  Join your colleagues across the country in a Free Form I-9 Webinar and get answers to your questions about the new Form I-9. MORE HAVE BEEN ADDED TO MEET THE DEMAND!

I-9 Central has the Updated M-274
On I-9 Central, you can learn all about the latest Form I-9 enhancements. The Handbook for Employers, Guidance for Completing Form I-9, has been updated with information about the new form. Find it on I-9 Central. To stay up-to-date on I-9 news, subscribe here.

Job Seekers and Form I-9

Do you know that every employer is required to complete and retain Form I-9 for everyone hired, including U.S. citizens? You completed Section 1 of Form I-9 every time you started a job with a new employer since 1986. Learn more about worker's rights and responsibilities in an employee rights webinar.  

Form I-9 History

Form I-9 was introduced in 1986 to respond to provisions in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (Section 274a) that require employers to verify the identity and work eligibility of all new persons hired.  Since the first version was issued, there have been 10 revisions.  See more about Form I-9 regulations and legislation on I-9 Central.

E-Verify Highlighted at Congressional Hearing
On February 27, Soraya Correa, USCIS Associate Director, Enterprise Services Directorate, testified at the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security about E-Verify. Ms. Correa discussed the improvements in accuracy and efficiency, growth in E-Verify’s users, high customer satisfaction, and more. Read the testimony here.

High Scores for E-Verify
The results are in! E-Verify received an overall customer satisfaction rating of 86 in the America Customer Satisfaction Index Survey, 19 points higher than the federal average. Employers are highly satisfied with the tutorials, registration, ease of use, and photo matching processes. Read it here.

E-Verify Listens – Still Going Strong

Have you heard? You can still contribute to E-Verify Listens, an online community where users submit and discuss ideas, as well as vote for their favorite ideas to help frame the evolution of E-Verify. Visit E-Verify Listens. 


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