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Employee verification: Your line-by-line guide to I-9 changes

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by Anas Saleh, Esq., Bond, Schoeneck & King, Syracuse

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released the long-awaited revisions to Form I-9, which employers had to begin using by May 7, 2013.

The Immigration Reform and Con­­trol Act of 1986 (IRCA) requires employers to verify the identity and legal authorization of all employees by requiring them to present valid documentation. Employers must retain completed Form I-9s for the later of three years after the date of hire or one year after the employment relationship ends.

Why the revision?

One of the USCIS’ primary goals for this revised Form I-9 is to minimize errors. To that end, somewhat ironically, the form has grown. It is now two pages long instead of one.

The new Form I-9 instructions/List of Acceptable Documents is also longer. The expanded set of directions is designed to give employers and em­­­ployees additional guidance and provide examples to ...(register to read more)

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