Employer Alert: Coming Soon! New Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

Nov 10, 2016

On August 25, 2016, the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) approved a new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The new version will replace the current version of the I-9 form that expired on March 31, 2016, and will be valid for a period of three years through August 31, 2019. USCIS has 90 days from OMB’s approval of the form, in which to update its system and make the form available on its website (www.uscis.gov). The new Form I-9 will include error-checking features that will be available when completing the form using an Adobe PDF viewer or application. In addition, the new form will include several format changes and instructions that will be important for employers to learn.

USCIS will publish the revised Form I-9 by Nov. 22, 2016.   Employers may continue using Form I-9 dated March 8, 2013 through Jan. 21, 2017. By Jan. 22, 2017, employers must use the revised form. Employers should continue to retain and store previously completed forms for existing and former employees in accordance with guidance provided on I-9 Central.