Revised Form I-9 must be used as of January 22nd
As of January 22nd, employers must now use the revised Form I-9 to verify the identity and work eligibility of every new employee. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services [USCIS] released the updated form on November 22nd, 2016, giving employers until January 21st to update their current records and change over to the new form.
The main purpose for these form changes was to reduce the number of technical errors when filling out the form for both employers and employees, by implementing an auto-validation to help identify and catch these common mistakes. Although these new smart features and updates make it easier for employers to fill out on these forms electronically, they will still need to print out, file, and maintain hard copies that include handwritten signatures.
For more details on these updates and Form I-9, visit the USCIS’s I-9 Central webpage, which contains complete details on completing Form I-9 and publishes current announcements on any updates and changes.