U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services releases new Form I-9

Form I-9, the document all employers must provide to verify the identity of employees, has undergone a makeover.

US Citizenship and ImmigrationThe new U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) form is scheduled to be available on Nov. 22, 2016.

Employers may continue using the current Form I-9 until Jan. 21, 2017, however. After Jan. 21, all previous versions of the Form I-9 will be invalid.

USCIS says the e-version of the new form is more intuitive, with error-checking features such as automatic validation of the correct number of Social Security digits or the expiration date on an identity document; Quick Response (QR) bar codes in Sections 1, 2 and 3; drop-down lists and calendars; and embedded instructions for completing each field, among other features.

The new form also features an area to enter additional information currently notated in the margins of the form, such as Temporary Protected Status and Optional Practical Training extensions.

Employers completing the new I-9 using Adobe Reader or other software will still need to print the form, obtain handwritten signatures, store the forms in a safe place, monitor reverifications and updates with a calendaring system and retype information into E-Verify as required, however.

More on the new I-9 (PDF).

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