The USCIS issued a new, more commodious I-9 form on March 8, 2013. The Employee section now takes two pages instead of the previous version, which took one-third of a page. In addition to the more expansive layout, the federal authorities have added fields for the employee’s telephone number and email address. However, the employer should know that the employee does not have to fill in these two fields. They are optional.
In addition, the employee does not have to fill in the Social Security Number field, unless the employer is in the E-Verify program.
While the new I-9 form is now available, there is a grace period for employers to stop using the old I-9 version. This is particularly useful for employers who have electronic I-9 form, as ABLE does.
As of May 8, 2013, however, employers must use the new Form I-9 for all new hires.