By Dawn Lurie and Catherine Risoleo

On Friday March 8, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) rolled out a brand new version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Form, revamping America’s most complicated one page form into a two-page form. In the world of immigration compliance, the release of the new Form I-9 is spectacular news. It’s not every day the government does something that affects every employer in America. The passage of the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) imposed an affirmative duty on employers to verify the identity and work authorization of all persons hired after November 6, 1986. The mechanism to meet this duty became the Form I-9. In fact, federal law requires that every employer (including agricultural recruiter/referrer-for-a-fee hiring) complete a Form I-9 to verify an employee’s identity and employment authorization.

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