U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.  The previous version of the form will be accepted only until January 22, 2017.

What’s different about the new Form I-9? The form has been updated to make it easier to complete and print using a computer.  Changes include prompts to ensure accuracy of information, drop-down lists, on-screen instructions, and other enhancements.  The new form includes a supplemental page for the preparer and/or translator.  The form’s instructions have also been separated from the form, consistent with other USCIS forms. 

The Form I-9 was introduced in 1986 to help employers comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA). IRCA prohibits employers from hiring people, including U.S. citizens, for employment in the United States without verifying their identity and employment authorization on Form I-9. Every employer who recruits, refers for a fee, or hires an individual for employment in the U.S. must complete a Form I-9.   Also, as HRLegalist discussed previously, employers should be mindful not to confuse compliance with I-9 regulations with participation in the E-Verify program.  The latter does not replace the I-9 nor does it remove an employer’s obligations to comply with the I-9 process.

As always, HRLegalist urges our readers to consult legal counsel regarding any questions related to the new Form I-9 or the completion and retention of Forms I-9 for their employees.