• Employers Must Use New Form I-9 Starting January 22, 2017
  • May 8, 2017 | Author: George J. Asimou
  • Law Firm: Walter - Cleveland Office
  • The Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services introduced a new version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The new form can be accessed HERE.

    Starting January 22, 2017, employers must use this new version of the Form I-9 in connection with all new hires in the United States. Section 3 of the new Form I-9 is also required to be used in the event a current employee authorized to work under a prior version of the Form I-9 must be re-verified after January 21, 2017. In such cases, simply append the new version's Section 3 to the employee's previously completed Form I-9.

    No action is needed for current employees with properly completed Form I-9s not requiring re-verification of their work authorization.

    The new version of the Form I-9 - which includes the marking "11/14/2016 N" in the footer at bottom left corner of the form - replaces a prior version marked at bottom left as "03/18/13 N." The new and prior versions are in most ways identical. The chief difference is that the new version is intended to be easier to complete on a computer, featuring such "smart" features as drop down menus, hover messages, and real-time error indicators - in essence, all the tools that have long been available to consumers in everyday e-commerce. These innovations aside, the Form I-9 still needs to be printed out and signed in hard copy for recordkeeping purposes.

    While technical compliance requires that the new version of the Form I-9 be used as of January 22, 2017, our recommendation is that employers start using the new version immediately.