Form I-9 in Effect

Author: Megan R Stell Date: October 03, 2008

Form update required for all businesses

I-9 Central on US Citizenship and Immigration Services

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
Services released an updated
Form I-9 manual on January 5, 2011.

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a new Form I-9 to verify employees’ eligibility for employment on August 8, 2009. Versions prior to 02/02/09 are no longer valid. Employers who are still using the old forms will be subject to applicable penalties and fines.

What you need to know

Who must complete a Form I-9?
The federal government requires all employers to complete a Form I-9 for every employee within the first three days of employment and to retain that form for either one year after termination of employment or three years, whichever is longer. There is no small business exemption for the Form I-9.
Do I need to complete the new Form I-9 for all my employees?
The new form only applies to future hires and re-verification. Employers should not have current employees fill out the new form I-9 unless re-verification is required.

Is a Spanish version available?
The new Form I-9 is available in English and Spanish. Only employers in Puerto Rico may have employees complete the Spanish version. Employers in the 50 states may use the Spanish version as a translation guide for Spanish-speaking employees. However, employers must complete the English version and keep it in their records. Employees may also use a translator to assist them in completing the form.

NFIB members with additional questions can contact the NFIB Employment Law Hotline. For information on the hotline, please call 800-NFIB-NOW (800-634-2669) or visit

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