USCIS Revises Form I-9

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, used for all new hires in the U.S. Employers must use the revised version (dated 11/14/2016) by January 22, 2017. Until then, employers can continue to use either the old or the revised version.

The changes, which are designed to enhance completion of the form using a computer, include:

  • Section 1: asks for “other last names used” rather than “other names used”
  • Streamlined certification for certain foreign nationals
  • Prompts to ensure information is entered correctly
  • Ability to enter multiple preparers and translators
  • Dedicated area for including additional information rather than having to add it in the margins
  • Supplemental page for the preparer/translator

To download the form and instructions (which are now separated from the form), go to https://www.uscis.gov/i-9

For more details, see the USCIS press release.

Note: President-elect Trump has indicated that he intends to revise the immigration laws to require all employers to use the E-Verify system, so be on the lookout for further changes.