The revised form is designed to reduce errors and ease completion.
On November 14, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a long-awaited revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The form will be mandatory starting January 22, 2017. Until that time, the Form I-9 with a revision date of March 8, 2013 will be accepted.
The revised Form I-9 has features intended to make it easier to complete on a computer and to reduce the likelihood of employer errors that could result in fines. New features in the online version include drop-down menus for dates, links to instructions, and an option to clear the form and start over. The form will allow for multiple preparers and translators and will have a dedicated area for including additional information.
Noteworthy, however, is that the new online form does not accept electronic signatures, and employers will need to print it, sign it by hand, and properly store and retain it. The new Form I-9 is also not connected electronically to E-Verify; accordingly, employers that use E-Verify must still process their E-Verify submissions separately.
The updated Form I-9’s new features include the following:
Federal law requires that every employer that recruits, refers for a fee, or hires an individual for employment in the United States must complete Form I-9. Since November 1986, Form I-9 has been required under the Immigration Reform and Control Act.
For more information, or if you have any questions regarding the issues discussed in this Immigration Alert, please contact any of the following lawyers:
A. James Vázquez-Azpiri
Lisa Stephanian Burton