The New Year Means a New Form I-9
Originally published on November 30, 2016
Updated on October 30th, 2023
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The new form provides more clarity about the information requested and is easier to complete on a computer. Employers can either switch to the new form or use the existing version now through Jan. 21, 2017; the switch to the new form becomes mandatory on Jan. 22.
The changes on the new I-9 include:
- Prompts have been added to ensure information is entered correctly.
- Section 1 of the form asks for “other last names used” instead of “other names used.”
- The computer-based version of the form now features drop-down lists and calendars for the appropriate fields, on-screen instructions for each field, automatic generation of a quick response (QR) code and other conveniences.
- Certification has been streamlined for certain foreign nationals.
- Users can now enter multiple preparers and translators.
- There is a dedicated area for additional information (as opposed to adding this information in the margins).
- A supplemental page is now included for the preparer/translator.
All U.S. employers are required to complete Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States. This includes citizens and non-citizens. For more information or to download the new form, visit the USCIS website’s page about Form I-9.
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