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Oh Joy! A Holiday Gift From U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: A New I-9 Form

December 9, 2016 Employer Policies Labor & Employment Blog

Just in time for the holiday season, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a revised form I-9. If you forgot, this form is used to verify the identity and employment authorization of individuals that are hired for employment. Now, in addition to the traditional “print and complete” version, an electronic version is available that will detect when a required portion has not been completed. This new form, however, does not have instructions on it. Don’t you just love when new toys do not come with instructions? Luckily the instructions have not been forgotten, merely transported into a separate document that is a whopping 15 pages long.

The new form has several differences from its predecessor. For instance, the translator certification is no longer on the form but is now a supplement to the form. As a consequence, it is important that those in your organization responsible for any part of the I-9 process become familiar with the changes before January 22, 2017, when employers are required to use the “new and improved” I-9 form. The form can be downloaded here, and the instructions can be downloaded here.

Jennifer Fowler-Hermes