The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, today. Generally, employers and every paid employee must complete an I-9 form within 3 days of the employee’s start date, and, in doing so, the employee must present original documents proving his/her identity and work authorization. Employers must start using this new version of the I-9 form by January 22, 2017. Until then, they can continue to use the version dated March 8, 2013 or the new version.
The revised Form I-9 is easier to complete on a computer. Enhancements include drop-down lists and calendars for filling in dates, on-screen instructions for each field, easy access to the full instructions, and an option to clear the form and start over. It also streamlines certification for certain foreign nationals and includes additional prompts to help ensure information is entered correctly. Generally, the types of documents employees can show to prove identity and work authorization remain the same.
The new I-9 form can be accessed here: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central.
If you have any question, please contact Berin S. Romagnolo.
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