The U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a Spanish language version of its popular Handbook for Employers. The Handbook is the quintessential guide to I-9 compliance and is available at www.uscis.gov/i-9.
While the new Spanish edition of the Handbook may be helpful to employers in properly completing the I-9, the USCIS reminds employers that the actual I-9 must be completed in English for most employees. Completion of a Spanish version of the I-9 is appropriate only for employees who work in Puerto Rico.
In related news, employers will also notice that the current edition of the I-9 is set to expire at the end of August. Earlier this year, the USCIS proposed sweeping changes to the I-9 and accepted comments. While the comment period has closed, the USCIS has not yet announced an effective date for the new form, nor has it indicated when the new form will be released.
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