Update (August 20, 2012): The current Employment Eligibility Verification Form, commonly referred to as Form I-9, expires August 31, 2012. Once it expires, employers should continue to use the current Form I-9. Read more.
The Office of Management and Budget has extended its approval of Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) to August 31, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced. Consequently, USCIS has amended the form to reflect a new revision date of August 7, 2009. For recent updates, read What You Need to Know About I-9 Compliance in 2012.
Before the change, the form had an expiration date of June 30, 2009, but USCIS instructed employers to continue using that form while USCIS asked the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve an extension. The new and old versions are the same except for different revision and expiration dates.
Employers may use the Form I-9 with the revision date of either August 7, 2009 or February 2, 2009, says USCIS. The revision dates are located on the bottom right-hand portion of the form.
Employers must verify that individuals are eligible to work in the United States by using an I-9 form and inspecting the required supporting documents at the time of hiring. I-9 forms must be retained for 3 years after the worker is hired or for 1 year after termination, whichever is longer.