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Revised I-9 forms now available

Beginning Jan. 22, employers must use new forms

November 23, 2016 Washington — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Nov. 14 published a revised version of Form I-9, the form used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States

Beginning Jan. 22, 2017, employers must use only the new version, dated Nov. 14, 2016. Until then, they can continue to use the version dated March 8, 2013, or the new version.

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the revised form is easier to use on a computer and also streamlines certification for certain foreign nationals.

Other changes include:

  • The addition of prompts to ensure information is entered correctly.
  • The ability to enter multiple preparers and translators.
  • A dedicated area for including additional information rather than having to add it in the margins.
  • A supplemental page for the preparer/translator.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services notes that Form I-9 requirements were established in 1986 when Congress passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act. 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.

For more information about U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, please visit uscis.gov.