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New I-9 Form Issued - To Be Used By January 22, 2017

Volume 15, Issue 27
December 9, 2016

New Form Issued 2017The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, which is dated November 14, 2016. Employers must begin using the new form by no later than January 22, 2017.

Form I-9 requirements were established in November 1986 when Congress passed 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.

USCIS reports the following changes to the form:

  • Instead of asking for "other names used" in Section 1, the new form seeks "other last names used."
  • The certification for foreign nationals has been streamlined.
  • Prompts have been added to ensure information is entered correctly.
  • Employers may now enter multiple preparers and translators.
  • A dedicated area for including additional information has been added.
  • A supplemental page for the preparer/translator has been added.
  • The instructions have been separated from the form and specific instructions are provided for completing each field.
  • The form has been enhanced to make it easier to complete on a computer.

To access the new paper form, click here. To access other versions of this form (such as the electronic version or Spanish version) or the instructions, click here.

In the meantime, we continue to recommend that you prepare for compliance with the new rules by December 1, 2016.

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