On November 14, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Changes to the form are intended to help employers reduce technical errors and facilitate electronic completion. Employers may continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 03/08/2013 through January 21, 2017. By January 22, 2017, employers must use the revised form. Employers should continue to follow existing storage and retention rules for all previously completed Forms I-9.
Most of the revisions to the I-9 operate to allow for easier electronic completion, while others aim to streamline the employment eligibility verification process.
What This Means to You
All U.S. employers should review their I-9 policies and procedures to ensure they are up to date with the new changes to the form. Human resources professionals and others responsible for the completion of Form I-9 should become familiar with the changes immediately to ensure timely transition to exclusive use of the revised form. Compliance by January 22, 2017, will be critical as Form I-9 enforcement audits are expected to increase.
At Insero, we make it our business to stay abreast of the latest trends and technical updates and we understand how important timely updates are to our clients. We hope that you find these informative and useful, and invite you to reach out to us if you have any questions.