• USCIS Implements the New I-9 Form
  • May 2, 2017 | Author: Dean Kpere-Daibo
  • Law Firm: McMahon Berger A Professional Corporation - St. Louis Office
  • As we reported on our blog on November 21, 2016, employers now are required to use the new version of the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9. In November, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that employers would be required to use the new I-9 form, which is intended to reduce errors and enhance the completion of the form using computers. The new form is designed to assist employers and employees by offering on-screen prompts, specific instructions, drop-down menus and validation to prevent errors.

    Specifically, employers and employees will now see the new Form I-9 include:
    • In Section 1, “other names used” has been eliminated and replaced with “other last names used.”
    • New prompts to ensure information is entered correctly.
    • More space for more than one form preparer and translator if necessary.
    • A dedicated space for employers to enter required information such as Temporary Protected Status or Optional Practical Training extensions.
    As noted in our prior blog post, the new Form I-9 now separates the instructions from the form itself. Other new features include requiring employees to choose whether they are using a translator or preparer to complete the form, inserting “N/A” in any fields not completed, and completing a new box in Section 2 with the employee’s citizenship/immigration status. The new form also includes a quick response (QR) feature. After the form is completed and printed, a QR code is generated automatically, allowing for most QR readers to easily read the code.

    The revised Form I-9 is available at the USCIS website at https://www.uscis.gov/i-9.