U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Issues Updated Form I-9

Nov. 21, 2016 – The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has issued an updated version of Form I-9: Employment Eligibility Verification (I-9 Form). Under federal law, every employer that recruits, refers for a fee, or hires an individual for employment in the United States must complete an I-9 Form.

The updated form includes changes that should make the paper and electronic versions more intuitive and easier to complete.

Changes to the new form:

  • Asking for an individual’s “other last names used” instead of “other names used”
  • Streamlining certification for certain foreign nationals
  • Prompting the person completing the form to include correct information
  • Including fields to enter multiple preparers and translators
  • Dedicating a field to include additional information
  • Providing a supplemental page for preparers and translators

Changes to the electronic version of the form:

  • Drop-down menus
  • Calendars for filling in dates
  • On-screen instructions for each field
  • Easy access to the full set of instructions
  • An option to clear the entire form and start over

The updated form replaces a form issued in 2013, which expired March 31, 2016. Employers will be allowed to continue using the 2013 form until Jan. 21, 2017. Exclusive use of the updated form is expected by Jan. 22, 2017.
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